Freedom of Religion or Belief: Towards an Agenda of Implementation
The Manchester Centre for Law in Society is honoured to welcome Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, to deliver a guest lecture at Manchester Law School.
Trends in the violation of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief indicate a steady rise across the globe.
In addition to traditional challenges, new types of challenges are emerging in many places, including in free societies. Communities that had existed for over two millennia are threatened with total displacement and societies that have traditionally championed religion freedom are becoming increasingly intolerant.
At the same time, unprecedented attention is attention is being paid to issues related to freedom of religion—from human rights defenders to faith based organisations to development institutions; and from governments to parliaments to academia.
Are there ways to address the rising global levels of intolerance?
What tools are available to pursue that?
Is there a way to become more effective?
What can the UN special procedures system do?
What can other players do?
Is there scope to develop an agenda for implementing state obligations to respect and ensure the right to freedom of religion or belief?
Is this a time for business as usual or how can be raise our ambition with regard to the freedom of religion or belief?
Dr Shaheed’s talk will highlight the issues raised in the report presented to the Human Rights Council on 14 February 2017 (A/HRC/34/50) and will reflect on the responses received from states and other stakeholders in the Interactive Dialogue in the Council on 6 March.
Ahmed Shaheed is the recently appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Previously the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran, he is a former Foreign Minister of the Maldives. Dr Shaheed is also a visiting professor at the Human Rights Centre at Essex University.
Date and Time
Manchester Law School
Sandra Burslem Building, Lecture Theatre 2.10