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Meet the winners of the 2023 Human Rights Prize
The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. The mandate holder has been invited to identify existing and emerging obstacles to the enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief and present recommendations on ways and means to overcome such obstacles.
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights appointed further to resolution 1986/20 a “Special Rapporteur on religious intolerance”. In 2000, the Commission on Human Rights decided to change the mandate title to “Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief”, which was subsequently endorsed by ECOSOC decision 2000/261 and welcomed by General Assembly resolution 55/97. On 31 March 2022, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution A/HRC/RES/49/5, which included an extension of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a further period of three years.
On 1 August 2022, Ms. Nazila Ghanea assumed her mandate as Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. She is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of the MSc in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. Her academic work has often connected with multilateral practice in international human rights law. She has contributed actively to networks interested in freedom of religion or belief and its interrelationship with other human rights and has advised states and other stakeholders. She has researched and published widely in international human rights law and served as consultant to numerous agencies.
This document compiles excerpts of the reports from 1986 to 2022 arranged by topics of the Special Rapporteur's framework for communications
Mr. Ahmed Shaheed (Maldives),
November 2016 - July 2022
Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt (Germany),
August 2010 - October 2016
Ms. Asma Jahangir (Pakistan),
August 2004 - July 2010
Mr. Abdelfattah Amor (Tunisia),
April 1993 - July 2004
Mr. Angelo d'Almeida Ribeiro (Portugal),
March 1986 - March 1993
Urgent Debate to discuss the alarming rise in premeditated and public acts of religious hatred as manifested by recurrent desecration of the Holy Quran in some European and other countries
11 July 2023