NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Protecting freedom of thought at the United Nations in New York City.


The Economic & Business Case for Freedom of Religion or Belief

It is widely known, though unfortunately often rejected, that societies which respect and protect the rights to freedom of religion or belief experience less conflict and violence, and enjoy greater social harmony. But were you aware that new research suggests such societies also see better economic outcomes?

Over the past year, this newfound connection between religious freedom and economic growth has received much focus and attention. Just how important is it to foster respect by businesses for religious freedom? How are state and non-state actors working to engage businesses to promote the rights to freedom of religion or belief? And how can civil society groups get involved?

To consider and address these questions, the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief in New York will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 featuring Dr. Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, with responses from Prof. Silvio Ferrari, an expert on freedom of religion and the law, and Jeffrey French, an expert in the peacemaking potential of business. Continue reading


Global Threats to Freedom of Religion or Belief: Panel and Luncheon Featuring Special Rapporteurs Heiner Bielefeldt and Rita Izsák

The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, in collaboration with the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of Brigham Young University, will host a discussion and luncheon on Thursday, October 23, 2014, featuring the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, and the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsák. The discussion will center on global threats to freedom of religion or belief, especially for religious and nonreligious minorities.

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Tackling Religious Intolerance and Discrimination at the Workplace: Reception with Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, will present his new report entitled “Tackling Religious Intolerance and Discrimination at the Workplace.” Following the presentation of Special Rapporteur Bielefeldt’s report, a reception will be held in his honor where he will describe his report, and take questions from those in attendance. RSVP is required. Continue reading


Religion in the Workplace: Comparative and International Perspectives against the Background of the Annual Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

On Friday, October 24, 2014, the UK Delegation to the United Nations is sponsoring a side event entitled “Religion in the Workplace: Comparative and International Perspectives against the Background of the Annual Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.” RSVP is required.  Continue reading

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