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New York: religious freedom gathers politicians from across the world

More than 100 politicians from almost 50 countries are meeting in New York at the moment to explore ways to move freedom of belief forward …

More than 100 politicians from almost 50 countries are meeting in New York at the moment to explore ways to move freedom of belief forward …

Among those attending from the UK are Lord David Alton, Stephen Timms MP and Baroness Berridge.  

The event is co-sponsored by the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPP FoRB), a network launched last year in response to the rising crisis of religious persecution, both by terrorist groups and authoritarian governments. The IPP is an alliance of parliamentarians committed to advancing religious freedom for all, as defined by Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“On the eve of the UN General Assembly, I am very pleased so many parliamentarians will be travelling to New York to discuss how to protect religious freedom for all,” said IPP Steering Group member Abid Raja (MP, Norway). “The migration crisis facing Europe is fuelled in part by religious extremism and persecution. It is positive that what we launched at the Nobel Peace Centre last year continues to grow, as the problems continue to grow as well.”

“There is a global crisis for freedom of religion or belief,” said IPP Steering Group member Baroness Elizabeth Berridge (UK).  “An international problem requires an international response. Our meetings in New York will bring together parliamentarians, diplomats, civil society and religious leaders to devise strategies to defend this fundamental right. Collective action is needed now more than ever.”

Highlights will include:

  • Panels with leading parliamentarians and diplomats about how to advance religious freedom for all in the face of repression by ISIS and authoritarian governments
  • A discussion with religious leaders, including a cleric from Iran, a bishop from Nigeria, and a Buddhist leader from Japan
  • Hearing from family members of jailed believers in Iran: the wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini and a relative of an imprisoned Baha’i leader
  • The signing of the New York Resolution on Freedom of Religion or Belief by 100 parliamentarians, committing them to renewed action to promote this fundamental right

Parliamentarians from the following countries will attend:  Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Burma/Myanmar; Cambodia; Canada; Central African Republic; Chad; Chile; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Georgia; Germany; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Jordan; Kenya; Lebanon; Lithuania; Malawi; Malaysia; Mexico; Nepal; Netherlands; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Panama; Peru; Senegal; Serbia; Solomon Islands; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Taiwan (China); Tunisia; United Kingdom; Uruguay.

The IPP is an alliance of parliamentarians committed to advancing religious freedom for all, as defined by Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

More at https://freedomdeclared.org/

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