- NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief/Holy See Mission to host religious freedom event
- Ambassador Sam Brownback to speak at United Nations for the first time
NEW YORK (27 February 2019) – What is the current state of international religious freedom and what should the United Nations do about it? On 1 March, the Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations will host a benchmark event on religious freedom at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where these topics will be discussed. The event will feature some of the highest ranking international leaders on religious freedom for the first time. Speakers include US Ambassador-at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and President of Religious Freedom Institute Dr. Thomas Farr.
“No person or group should be persecuted for their faith. It is time for the United Nations to stay true to its commitment to the freedom of religion and belief. This event could become a milestone for upholding the right to religious freedom around the world. With the help of some of the highest-ranking experts in the field we hope to bring forward the discussion and understanding within the UN concerning global religious freedom,” said Kelsey Zorzi, President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief and Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom at ADF International.
EVENT AVISO “International religious freedom: A new era for advocacy in response to a new age of challenges and threats”
What: Panel discussion
When: 1 March 2019, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber
Who: H.E. Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
Dr. Hajnalka Juhász, Ministerial Commissioner, Member of the National Assembly of Hungary
Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Jos, Nigeria
Dr. Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute
Kelsey Zorzi, President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom at ADF International.
Growing global assault
Zorzi, as President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief, will be co-chairing the event. The panel members will discuss and strategize how the United Nations should respond to the growing global assault on religious freedom. The aim is to raise awareness of the global threats to religious freedom along with the necessary strategies for governments to counter violations of this fundamental right across the world.
“This event comes at a crucial time as little has been done to uphold religious freedom. We have documented these shortcomings in the white paper, ‘The UN’s Failure to Promote and Protect Religious Freedom’. It is time the UN and individual nations begin to act on their commitments under international law and protect the fundamental freedoms of religious minorities,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.