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Annual reports

Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

The Special Rapporteur is mandated by resolution to submit annual thematic report to the March session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and to the General Assembly (GA) in October. At each HRC or GA session, the Special Rapporteur will choose a thematic focus for the annual report through broad consultations with different stakeholders and research. In the annual report, the mandate holder will provide analysis and observation of particular trend or issue of concerns as well as recommendations to the member States, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

 

YearDocument SymbolPresentedThematic Focus
2024A/HRC/55/4755th Session of the Human Rights CouncilAdvocacy of hatred based on religion or belief
2023A/78/20778th Session of the General AssemblyFreedom of religion or belief, from the grass-roots level
 A/HRC/52/3852nd Session of the Human Rights CouncilLandscape of freedom of religion or belief
2022A/77/51477th Session of the General AssemblyInterim report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
 A/HRC/49/4449th Session of the Human Rights CouncilReligious or belief minorities in situations of conflict and insecurity
2021A/76/38076th Session of the General AssemblyThe Freedom of Thought
 A/HRC/46/3046th Session of the Human Rights CouncilCountering Islamophobia/Anti-Muslim Hatred to Eliminate Discrimination and Intolerance Based on Religion or Belief
2020A/75/38575th Session of the General AssemblySafeguarding freedom of religion or belief for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
 A/HRC/43/4843rd Session of the Human Rights CouncilFreedom of religion or belief and Gender Equality
2019A/74/35874th Session of the General AssemblyCombatting Antisemitism to Eliminate Discrimination and Intolerance Based on Religion or Belief
 A/HRC/40/5840th Session of the Human Rights CouncilRestrictions imposed on expression on account of religion or belief
2018A/73/36273rd Session of the General AssemblyRelationship between freedom of religion or belief and national security
 A/HRC/37/4937th session of the Human Rights CouncilState-Religion Relationships and their Impact on Freedom of Religion or Belief
2017A/72/36572nd Session of the General AssemblyThe increase in religious intolerance worldwide and the gap between international commitments to combat intolerant acts and national practices
 A/HRC/34/5034th Session of the Human Rights CouncilPerspective and vision for the mandate by new Special Rapporteur
2016A/71/26971st Session of the General AssemblyThe broad range of violations of freedom of religion or belief, their root causes and variables
 A/HRC/31/1831st Session of the Human Rights CouncilTwo closely interrelated rights: freedom of religion or belief and freedom of opinion and expression
2015A/70/28670th Session of the General AssemblyThe rights of the child and his or her parents in the area of freedom of religion or belief
 A/HRC/28/6628th Session of the Human Rights CouncilPreventing violence committed in the name of religion
2014A/69/26169th Session of the General AssemblyTackling religious intolerance and discrimination in the workplace
 A/HRC/25/5825th Session of the Human Rights CouncilTackling manifestations of collective religious hatred
2013A/68/29068th Session of the General AssemblyFreedom of religion or belief and equality between men and women
 A/HRC/22/5122nd Session of the Human Rights CouncilFreedom of religion or belief of persons belonging to religious minorities
2012A/67/303 67th Session of the General AssemblyThe right of conversion as part of
freedom of religion or belief
 A/HRC/19/6019th Session of the Human Rights CouncilThe freedom of religion or belief and recognition issues
2011A/66/15666th Session of the General AssemblyThe role of the State in promoting
interreligious communication
 A/HRC/16/5316th Session of the Human Rights CouncilFreedom of religion or belief and school education
 A/HRC/16/53/Add.116th Session of the Human Rights CouncilSummary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received
2010A/65/20765th Session of the General AssemblyEfforts to protect and promote freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief
 A/HRC/13/4013th Session of the Human Rights CouncilEarly warning signs of discrimination and violence on the grounds or in the name of religion or belief
 A/HRC/13/40/Add.113th Session of the Human Rights CouncilSummary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received
2009A/64/15964th Session of the General AssemblySituation of persons in vulnerable situations, including persons deprived of their liberty, refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons, children, persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and migrants
 A/HRC/10/810th Session of the Human Rights CouncilDiscrimination based on religion or belief and its impact on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights
 A/HRC/10/8/Add.110th Session of the Human Rights CouncilSummary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received
2008A/63/16163rd Session of the General AssemblyCitizenship issues and religious discrimination in administrative procedures
 A/HRC/7/107th Session of the Human Rights CouncilNote by the Secretariat on reports for the seventh session of the Human Rights Council
 A/HRC/7/10/Add.17th Session of the Human Rights CouncilSummary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received
 A/CONF.211/PC/WG.1/5 Joint report pursuant to decision PC.1/10 of the Preparatory Committee of the Durban Review Conference
2007A/62/28062nd Session of the General AssemblySituation of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons; situation of persons with atheistic or non-theistic beliefs
 A/HRC/6/56th Session of the Human Rights CouncilReport of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
 A/HRC/4/214th Session of the Human Rights CouncilVulnerable situation of women; Violations linked to counter-terrorism measures; Religious minorities and new religious movements
 A/HRC/4/21/Add.14th Session of the Human Rights CouncilSummary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received
2006A/61/34061st Session of the General AssemblyPatterns and trends in freedom of religion or belief
 A/HRC/2/32nd Session of the Human Rights CouncilIncitement to racial and religious hatred and the promotion of tolerance
 E/CN.4/2006/562nd Session of Commission on Human RightsFramework for communications; Display of religious symbols from an international human rights perspective
 E/CN.4/2006/5/Add.162nd Session of Commission on Human RightsSummary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received
 E/CN.4/2006/12062nd Session of Commission on Human RightsJoint report on the situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay
2005A/60/39960th Session of the General AssemblyThe question of conversion; The freedom of religion or belief of detainees
 E/CN.4/2005/6161st Session of Commission on Human RightsHuman rights violations committed because of religion or belief; Inter-religious violence and non-State actors; Conversions; Places of worship and other religious buildings or properties; Religious publications; Registration; Anti-terrorist legislation; Categorization of religions
 E/CN.4/2005/61/Add.161st Session of Commission on Human RightsSummary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received
2004A/59/36659th Session of the General AssemblyCommunications; In situ visits; Prevention activities
 E/CN.4/2004/6360th Session of Commission on Human RightsEducation; Inter-religious dialogue
2003A/58/29658th Session of the General Assembly

Summary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received;

Follow-up to the International Consultative Conference on School Education in relation with Freedom of Religion and Belief, Tolerance and Non-discrimination

 E/CN.4/2003/6659th Session of Commission on Human Rights

Prevention of intolerance and discrimination in the post-11 September 2001 context;

Follow-up of the International Consultative Conference on School Education in relation to Freedom of Religion and Belief, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination;

Interreligious dialogue

2002A/57/27457th Session of the General AssemblyFollow-up to the International Consultative Conference on School Education in relation with Freedom of Religion and Belief, Tolerance and Non-discrimination
 E/CN.4/2002/7358th Session of Commission on Human RightsExamination of the consequences of the events of 11 September 2001 as regards tolerance and non-discrimination; Outcome of the 2001 International Consultative Conference
 E/CN.4/2002/73/Add.258th Session of Commission on Human RightsStudy on freedom of religion or belief and the status of women in the light of religion and traditions
2001A/56/25356th Session of the General AssemblyInterreligious dialogue; Cooperation with non-governmental organizations
 E/CN.4/2001/6357th Session of Commission on Human RightsSituation of minorities in terms of the principles of tolerance and non-discrimination in the field of religion and belief; Work of the Preparatory Committee for the International Consultative Conference on School Education in relation to Freedom of Religion and Belief, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination
 A/CONF.189/PC.2/22 Preparatory Committee the study entitled “Racial discrimination, religious intolerance and education”
2000A/55/28055th Session of the General AssemblyContribution to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
 E/CN.4/2000/6556th Session of Commission on Human Rights

Follow-up to the World Conference Against Racism; Defamation of religions;

Visit to the Holy Sea

 A/CONF.189/PC.1/7 Preparatory Committee the study
entitled “Racial discrimination and religious discrimination: identification and measures”
1999A/54/38654th Session of the General AssemblyInterim report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
 E/CN.4/1999/5855th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on religious intolerance
1998A/53/27953rd Session of the General AssemblyInterim report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
 E/CN.4/1998/654th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport by the Special Rapporteur on religious intolerance
1997A/52/47752nd Session of the General AssemblyInterim report of the Special Rapporteur on the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance
 E/CN.4/1997/9153rd Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on religious intolerance
1996A/51/54251st Session of the General AssemblyInterim report of the Special Rapporteur on the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance 
 E/CN.4/1996/9552nd Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on religious intolerance
1995A/50/44050th Session of the General AssemblyInterim report of the Special Rapporteur on the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance
 E/CN.4/1995/9151st Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
 E/CN.4/1995/91/Add.151st Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance specific incidents in various countries.
1994E/CN.4/1994/7950th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
1993E/CN.4/1993/6249th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
1992E/CN.4/1992/5248th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
1991E/CN.4/1991/5647th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
1990E/CN.4/1990/4646th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
1989E/CN.4/1989/4445thSession of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
 1988E/CN.4/1988/4544th Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
 E/CN.4/1988/45/Add.144th Session of Commission on Human RightsAddendum to the report of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
 E/CN.4/1988/45/Add.1/Corr.144th Session of Commission on Human RightsCorrigendum to the report of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance
 1987E/CN.4/1987/3543rd Session of Commission on Human RightsReport of the Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities

 

Year
Symbol number
Title
1989E/CN.4/Sub.2/1989/32Working paper prepared by Mr. Theo van Boven, pursuant to Commission resolution 1988/55 and Sub-Commission decision 1988/112
1987E/CN.4/Sub.2/1987/26Study on the current dimensions of the problems of intolerance and discrimination on grounds of religion or belief, report by Mrs. Elizabeth Odio Benito, Special Rapporteur
1985E/CN.4/Sub.2/1985/28Elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, Progress report by Mrs. Elizabeth Odio Benito, Special Rapporteur
1984E/CN.4/Sub.2/1984/28Elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief, Preliminary report by Mrs. Elizabeth Odio Benito, Special Rapporteur
1960E/CN.4/Sub.2/200/Rev.1Study of discrimination in the matter of religious rights and practices, by Arcot Krishnaswami, Special Rapporteur of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities