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Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in Practice

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Sharing thoughtful and productive discussions on inclusive and effective FoRB work

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The Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) is largely recognised as a universal right, encoded in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet the promotion of FoRB by governments and organisations often accompanies controversy and contentious politics. What does effective and inclusive FoRB look like in practice? How may the rights of religious minorities and individuals of conscience be protected and supported in concert?

These interactive events bring together civil society organisations, faith and belief groups, policy professionals, diplomats and academics to share thoughtful and productive discussions on FoRB in practice. Participants will hear presentations of case studies from different regions, join interactive discussions and share practical tools and advice. Learning from these discussions will directly inform a brief practical report on Working Together to Promote FoRB in Practice.

Participants are welcome to attend one or more events.

Tuesday, 9 February , 2.00-3.30pm GMT: “Religion and…”: Relating FoRB to other aspects of identity. How do issues of FoRB and FoRB violations intersect with gender, culture and other aspects of identity? How may addressing social exclusion and inequality improve FoRB outcomes for groups who face multiple types of discrimination?

Thursday, 25 February, 2.00-3.30pm GMT: “Religion or…”: Promoting FoRB for all at the local level. How may FoRB practice be linked to local concepts of living together and respect for others? How may both individual and community rights be promoted through FoRB programming? How may FoRB be promoted as good for the majority as well as for protection of minorities?

Tuesday, 9 March, 2.00-3.30pm GMT: FoRB in practice: Roadmap for working together. How may human rights activists, policy professionals and religion or belief groups from different backgrounds work together better? How may FoRB practitioners better implement inclusive dialogue and shared action? How can organisations engage effectively with institutions with power and vulnerable communities? What would a competency-based approach to FoRB programming look like in terms of skills and support that programme beneficiaries and participants might require to ensure effective outcomes of FoRB interventions?

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Smith

jonathan.smith@faithbeliefforum.org

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