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Budapest Forum questions efficiency of international human rights frameworks


  • 11th Budapest Human Rights Forum highlights global religious persecution
  • Sharp increase in violations of religious freedom worldwide

BUDAPEST (27 November 2018) – From 27 to 28 November, the 11th Budapest Human Rights Forum is taking place in the Hungarian capital. Recognizing the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the event focuses on current human rights violations across the globe. The two-day conference is dedicating one of its three panel discussions to the protection of religious minorities and freedom of religion. Amongst the speakers are Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur for Minority Issues, Tristan Azbej, Hungarian Secretary of State for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.

“No-one should be persecuted because of their faith. Beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the international community has woven freedom of religion into the fabric of international law and freedom of religion is now recognized almost universally. At the same time, we see the persecution of religious minorities on the rise across the globe. The recent treatment of Asia Bibi serves as a telling example, though there are sadly countless others,” said Paul Coleman, who will address the current state of religious freedom across the globe at the Forum.

Religious freedom in particular need of protection

The conference highlights some of the attacks on religious freedom worldwide and calls for greater action by the international community. The Forum will address issues such as the role of education in the protection and promotion of human rights, increasing the efficiency of the UN Human Rights Council, and the protection of religious minorities.

“As we move forward in protecting the rights of religious minorities, we must recognize that unjust laws preventing the free exercise of religion, must be repealed or modified. Those countries most dedicated to being beacons for religious freedom must lead the way,” said Coleman.

ADF International is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration with the I’m Human, Right? campaign and The Geneva Statement. Supported by tens of thousands of signatures the campaign urges the international community to uphold the fundamental right to life, family, and religious freedom, as recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Find The Geneva Statement at

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