Fourth meeting of the Danish Contact Forum for Religious and Religious Freedom on October 8, 2019

Freedom of Befief - Copenhagen

In Copenhagen this autumn, was held The meeting of the Government's Contact Forum for Religious and Religious Freedom on 8 October 2019, in the Common Hall of Parliament.

Soteria International’s representative attended the event and consider the event a step forward in the collaboration between the Human Rights NGOs and officials.

The meeting was held in continuation of a Danish-funded international expert seminar on the identification of positive vision energies between religious and religious freedom and equality through the use of the UN's World Goals.

The fourth meeting of the Contact Forum therefore use the occasion to invite international FoRB experts to a round table with the Danish Contact Forum of particularly interested in the Danish effort for religious and religious freedom.

The program included among the keynote speakers, the Minister of Development Rasmus Prehn how presented about “The new Governments approach to the FoRB strategy”.

Other important angles about this subject were raised by important and professional speakers as:

  • UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed: FoRB and the Human Rights Council - expectations for the upcoming thematic FoRB debates in the Human Rights Council
  • General Director of UN Human Rights Treaties, OHCHR, Ibrahim Salama: UN Faith for Rights initiative - experience working with religious actors through Faith for Rights
  • Associate Professor Nazila Ghanea, Oxford University: FoRB and gender equality in the UN system: How to strengthen synergies
  • Elizabeth O'Casey, Director of Advocacy, Humanists International: FoRB and Freedom of Expression - combating hate speech
  • Mariz Tadros, Professor and Director of Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID): FoRB and Conflict Prevention

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