The Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference (SEAFORB) is an assembly of religious freedom advocates who are dedicated to promote religious freedom in Southeast Asia. The SEAFORB assembly is an ongoing project to advance FORB, bringing religious equality and liberty for all individuals.
This year will be the eight conference of SEAFORB. The first conference was held in October 2015 in Bangkok and resulted in a Declaration of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Southeast Asia. The second conference was held in Dili, East Timor in August 2016 and secured commitment from participants to develop long-term action plans to further advance and promote freedom of religion or belief. The third conference was held in Manila, Philippines in November 2017 and concluded with the formation of FORB Network. The fourth conference was organized in Bangkok in August 2018 and focused on fostering networking among FORB advocates in four countries of priority: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. The fifth was held in Bangkok in Nov 2019 that engaged with the global movement on FORB.
The sixth and seventh conferences were held during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the travel restrictions and quarantine policy of Covid-19, the SEAFORB held the meetings through a webinar. The sixth conference was held on October in 2020 and discussed the impact of the Corona crisis on human rights and FoRB in Southeast Asia. The seventh conference was conducted online from November to December 2021.