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AVISO: One step at a time: UN panel discussion on preventing religious violence and persecution


  • Event at UN Human Rights Council with delegations and experts
  • New steps to prevent religious persecution will be presented

GENEVA (4 July 2019) – How free are we to believe? On 8 July, a group of delegations at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva will address this question during a side event titled, “One Step at a Time: Addressing Religious Violence and Persecution.” The event comes as a follow-up to the adoption of the General Assembly resolution establishing the “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on Religion or Belief.”

“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. It is important that national governments and international bodies now take necessary actions to prevent acts of violence based on religion or belief. The international day commemorating victims was an important first step and it is encouraging to see so many delegations act on it so swiftly. We hope that continued discussions will help protect those, all over the world, who are persecuted for their faith,” said Giorgio Mazzoli, UN Representative for ADF International who will be speaking during the event.

The event will be hosted by Poland, Brazil, and Iraq in cooperation with Greece, Japan, Nigeria, Senegal, the Holy See, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and ADF International.

Event AVISO: “One Step at a Time: Addressing Religious Violence and Persecution”
When: 8 July 2019, 2:30-4:00pm
Where: Palais des Nations, Room XXV
Who: H.E. Ambassador Zbigniew Czech, Permanent Representative of Poland
Mr. Sérgio Augusto de Queiroz, National Secretary for Global Protection, Brazilian Ministry of Women, Family & Human Rights
Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
H.E. Ambassador Hussain Mahmoud Alkhateeb, Permanent Representative of Iraq
Ms. Ewelina Ochab, Polish Legal Researcher and Human Rights Advocate, University of Kent

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