NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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


Planning Meeting: NGO Committee Activities in 2016

The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief will host its final meeting of the year Tuesday, December 8, 2015. The meeting will focus on coordinating ideas from member groups of the Committee for activities in 2016.

This meeting will take place Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the Bahá’í International Community United Nations Office, located at 866 UN Plaza (Suite 120), New York, NY 10017.

To RSVP, please email unforb@gmail.com


Civil Society Briefing on the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly is an important body tasked with handling a range of social, humanitarian, and human rights issues. Its work includes the examination of reports on the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council, and the consideration of country-specific and thematic resolutions. Yet, many civil society actors remain unaware of the Third Committee’s agenda or how to influence it.

Thursday, November 12, the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief will host a briefing to both educate civil society  actors on the inner work of the Third Committee, and inform them how they can get more involved with its proceedings.

Speakers will include Madeleine Sinclair of the International Service for Human Rights, Christen Broecker of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, and Bani Dugal of the Bahá’í International Community.

This event will take place Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 1-3 p.m., at the Bahá’í International Community United Nations Office, located at 866 UN Plaza (Suite 120), New York, NY 10017.


Events with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief is excited to announce it will co-sponsor three events featuring the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, during his final official visit to the United Nations General Assembly. Please see the flyer below for details regarding these events, as well as details on the Special Rapporteur’s formal report to the United Nations.

Please note that RSVP for these events is mandatory. You can RSVP here.

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Special Meeting: Multinational Efforts to Promote Freedom of Religion or Belief, Featuring Dr. Irfan Abubakar

This September 17-19, 2015, the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPP-FoRB) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation will convene a first-of-its-kind joint meeting with parliamentarians, diplomats, UN officials, and civil society representatives to discuss ways to increase international cooperation to combat persecution and advance religious freedom for all.

Full details on this meeting can be found here, and information on NGO registration can be found here.

The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief is excited to announce that it will host a side event bringing civil society representatives together to discuss the proceedings and formulate suggestions on how governmental actors can effectively work with civil society to protect the rights to freedom of religion or belief. The side event will chaired by Committee president Michael De Dora, who will present the group’s recommendations back to the parliamentarians, diplomats, and UN officials. Continue reading

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