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Marking the inaugural UN International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on Religion or Belief

About this Event


  • Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Kishan Manocha, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe
  • Zahed Amanullah, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Mustafa Field OBE, Director, Faith Forum for London
  • Chair: Katharine Thane, Senior Researcher & Policy Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The UK has declared itself a champion of religious and other freedoms, and has committed itself to working with partners around the world to ensure that “everyone, everywhere is able to enjoy these freedoms”.

The manipulation of religious beliefs to justify the persecution of those who practice minority religions or who wish to exercise the right not to have a religion, is widespread.

Cases of religious persecutions are reported daily, in countries which are parties to, or signatories of, many UN and other international instruments and treaties.

As the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief prepares his next report to the UN General Assembly what should be the UN’s priorities for upholding and strengthening this fundamental freedom in member states?

With places of worship closed due to COVID19, many have followed their chosen faith online, sometimes in a manner impossible physically. Will faith groups and governments view unfavourably the increase in such independent activity, resorting to harassment in the virtual arena?

The event will explore recent developments on these issues, inviting contributions from registered attendees.

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