Launch: Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief
08 November 2014 15.00–17.30
Saturday afternoon, the “Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief” will be launched at the Nobel Peace Center. The local implementing partners are the Stefanus Allience International and Norwegian MP Abid Raja.
This week, members of parlament from around the world meet in Oslo to discuss how to jointly combat rising religious persecution and coordinate to protect religious freedom for everyone everywhere.
Despite regional, religious, and political differences, they all agree to support freedom of religion or belief as defined by Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief” lays out the core commitments of this group, which is the full application of Article 18; the right to believe or hold no belief, right to change faith, right to peacefully practice, etc. Parliamentarians will sign the Charter at the launch.
The Parliamentarians come from countries representing different regions, religions and political views: Brazil, Burma, Canada, Germany, Nepal, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and several European parliamentarians as well. All together 22 countries will be represented at the launch. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, will attend.
15.00 Public launch
15.30 Press availability
16.00 Civil society meeting
Free entry. Open to all interested parties, note that the space is limited.
See the entire week’s program at the Stefanus Allience’s website.
Watch the launch live online here: