Conference Summary on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Sexuality
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief in collaboration with Muslim for Progressive Values a conference on “Freedom of Religion or Belief and Sexuality” from 8 to 10 June 2016. The conference provided an opportunity for the participants to share with each other their experiences in various contexts in relation to the chosen theme of focus. It aimed to understand the resistance, obstacles and conflicts that exist in allegedly contradictory human rights issues such as the right to freedom of religion or belief and rights of LGBTI persons. The conference also identified the patterns of inter-sectional discrimination that people have been facing due to their expressions of religious identities or sexuality. Furthermore, it sought to explore the range of initiatives that have been taken to address discrimination or violence in the name of religion committed against those who express their religious identities or sexuality openly. Finally, the conference explored new synergies for better future cooperation among the participants in their work.
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Following the private conference, on 10 June 2016, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and the Muslim for Progressive Values organized an open Dialogue on “Freedom of Religion or Belief and Sexuality” during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council that featured the Deputy High Commissioner on Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, at the event.