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Politicisation of Freedom of Religion and Belief

28 October 2016 10.00

What do we expect from the Norwegian Government’s coming White Paper
– on Policies for Religion and Lifestance?
– from the social science point of view
– from the public communicated through media

Welcome to Open Forum: Politicisation of Freedom of Religion and Belief for Better and for Worse – Priorities for the Future.

10.00 -10.15 Welcome by Liv Tørres Nobel Peace Centre and Inga Bostad, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

10.15 -10.30 Introductory remarks by Bishop Emeritus Gunnar Stålsett
From the Oslo Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief to the Current Guidelines

10.30–11.40 Presentation of Guideline for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief v. Lena Larsen, Director of the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Ethical principles based on lessons learnt from the work carried out as a result of the Oslo Declaration.

11.40-11.55 Coffee break

11.55 –12.05 Introduction by the Canadian Ambassador, Artur Wilczysky

12.05 –13.00 Panel: The Norwegian Government will present a White Paper on policies for religion and belief next year. Panel with Norwegian Stakeholders: What do we expect from the Norwegian Government’s coming White Paper on Policies for Religion and Lifestance?


In the panel:

Hanne Bjurstrøm, Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman
Marta Bivand Erdal, Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Rita Helgesen, Leader of the Norwegian Association of Graduate Teachers
Majoran Vivekananthan, editor of the first and only Norwegian multicultural
newspaper and TV

The conference is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Fritt Ord Foundation

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