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AVISO: US conference on international religious freedom amidst human rights crises

Summary

  • New goals to be set for the advancement of freedom of religion at US Ministerial
  • Severe threats to religious freedom globally

WASHINGTON D.C. (10 July 2019) – How to protect and promote global religious freedom? This question will be at the centre of the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom to take place in Washington D.C. from 16 -18 July 2019. The Ministerial will be hosted by the Office of International Religious Freedom of the US Department of State. Government officials, diplomats and representatives of international organizations, religious leaders, academics, and members of civil society will discuss international religious freedom and its challenges.

The Ministerial comes amidst recent reports of increasing persecution of religious minorities, especially Christians. It will provide a key opportunity for the victims of persecution to tell their stories and address a broad audience.

“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. For the second time the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will bring together key decision makers and advocates to advance global freedom of religion or belief. It is an important step in the right direction in promoting this fundamental right and protecting those who are denied this freedom through violence and persecution globally, every day,” said Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom for ADF International, who will speak at the Ministerial.

ADF International co-sponsors three side events before and during the Ministerial. On Monday, 15 July 2019, there will be two events organized together with Boat People SOS, Freedom House, and other NGOs focusing on religious freedom in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. On Wednesday, 17 July 2019, ADF International and the Religious Freedom Institute host an event focusing on the religious freedom challenges facing South and Southeast Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Event AVISO: Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
When: 16-18 July 2019
Where: US Department of State, Harry S. Truman Building, Washington, DC
Who: US Department of State with representatives of national governments, international organizations, religious communities, and civil society.

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