The "Faith for Rights" framework in action
The Beirut Declaration and its 18 commitments on "Faith for Rights" have been referred to by several UN bodies, including the:
UN Secretary-General: In several thematic and country-specific reports including those concerning minorities’ rights, combating intolerance, the UN operations in Cyprus and the work of the Organization)
High Commissioner: in his annual report, updates on the situation of human rights of Rohingya (in
2020) and thematic reports concerning minorities’ rights, combating intolerance, preventing human rights abuses, and youth and human rights).
Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: In reports to the General Assembly and Human Rights Council, as well as annexing the full text to UN Doc. A/HRC/40/58.
Treaty Bodies: For example, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women raised the "Faith for Rights" framework in their dialogues with States parties since July 2017, which was also reflected in the Committee’s concluding observations. It is also referred to in the Human Rights Committee’s
general comment no. 37, adopted in July 2020
The “Faith for Rights” framework has also been used by faith-based actors and civil society organizations. For example, the
G20 Interfaith Forums in Buenos Aires and
Osaka yielded the policy recommendation to reduce incitement to hatred by supporting religious leaders and faith-based actors in fulfilling their human rights responsibilities as summarized in the Beirut Declaration and its 18 commitments.
Also referring to the Beirut Declaration, the
Global Forum on Faith Action for Children on the Move called in its action plan for designing and implementing projects and initiatives aimed at promoting respect for and understanding of minority groups, including those with different beliefs, faiths and religions, to reduce violence, xenophobic narratives and nurture peaceful societies. Furthermore, the
religious track of the Cyprus Peace Process organized in October 2019 a “Faith for Rights” seminar in Nicosia, discussing the role that faith communities can play in combatting human trafficking and supporting victims. In November 2019,
Arigatou International published a multi-religious study entitled “Faith and Children’s Rights”, which also draws upon the Beirut Declaration.
In March 2020, the
Statement by Religions for Peace on Coronavirus Crisis “encourage[s] faith actors to use the online
#Faith4Rights toolkit. Now that we all have more time to reflect, you will find that this toolkit offers concrete ideas for learning, teaching, preaching and design community development projects. It also proposes several cases to debate, including a hypothetical case concerning reactions to an epidemic by religious and political leaders.”
Call for joint action in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic (April 2020), the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women referred to its "peer-to-peer learning webinars, in collaboration with Religions for Peace and other partners to explore how various faith communities can scale up collaboration around the diverse challenges posed by COVID19 with a human rights-based approach with respect to women and girls. These webinars will use the #Faith4Rights toolkit as a resource." (click
here for more information on the webinars of
14 May 2020,
21 July 2020, and
27 May 2021). The
European Union Gender Action Plan III , which was issued in November 2020, also notes that “the EU should support mobilisation of religious actors for gender equality in line with the Faith for Rights framework”.
virtual global consultation with faith actors in May 2020, the High Commissioner noted that the challenges related to COVID-19 may be followed by other tests for humanity and for our universal values: “Joining diverse faith actors within a shared vision and framework, we hope to nourish a community of practise, learning from each other and stimulating promising initiative based on human rights and mutual collaboration and respect.” In the context of the “Global Pledge for Action by Religious Actors and Faith-Based Organizations to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic in Collaboration with the United Nations”, a series of monthly peer-to-peer learning webinars is held in 2020 and 2021; please see the
video message, concept note and
snapshot of recommendations.
OHCHR workshops and public statements
OHCHR has co-organized several workshops and webinars to explore further the relationship between religions, beliefs and human rights:
Furthermore, OHCHR officials have raised the “Faith for Rights” framework in the following public statements: