SEAFORB III

As a follow-up to the second conference held in Dili, East Timor, in August 2016, where the participants again  affirmed their   commitment to promote and advance freedom of religion or belief through a continuous   inter-faith and multi-faith dialogue.  In that event,   the participants also identified two keys factors in advancing freedom of religion or belief, which are solidarity and collaboration.

 

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), FORUM- ASIA, Boat People SOS (BPSOS), BYU   Law (International Center for Law and Religion   Studies), and   Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)   aimed   to .  build   on the   commitments   made  at   these   two   conferences   by   organizing   the  2017 Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Southeast Asia, parallel to the 2017 ASEAN Summit, which was be held in Manila, Philippines.

The focus of the 2017 Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Southeast Asia was to provide a platform for civil society groups, representatives from religious groups, and key policymakers in Southeast Asia to have greater   understanding   of the .  importance  of  the right to freedom of religion  or belief, in the framework of the States’   obligations under .  international  human  rights law. During this   conference,  participants were  acquainted with advocacy tools that they may use to further work towards the promotion and protection of  freedom of  religion  or  belief  in  their  own countries.

The 2017 Regional Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief focused on the following strategic objectives:

 

  1. To provide a platform for civil society groups, representatives fromreligious     groups, and   key  policymakers  in  Southeast Asia, to  have  greater understanding of the importance of the right to freedom of religion  or belief, in  the  framework of States’  obligations  under international  human rights law; and deepen the understanding of participants on new themes such as FoRB and its link to peace and security, socio-economic progress, intersectionality of ethnicity, gender and age in realization of FoRB

 

  1. To provide participants with tools that they may use to advocate for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief in their own countries and practical skills on digital security, campaigning and engagement with media

 

  1. To provide the first opportunity for many of the participants to engage with some of the key international FORB protection mechanisms such as the UN Special Rapporteur on FORB, EU Special Envoy for the Promotion of FoRB outside the EU, USCIRF and IPPFORB.

At the conclusion of 2017 Conference, participants have joined together to form the Freedom of Religion or Belief Network.

A message from Ján Figeľ, Special Envoy for promotion of FORB outside the EU.

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