NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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


Panel Event on Women’s Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief in Marriage and the Family

The United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief and its member organizations are pleased to announce that the Committee will hold a side event at the upcoming 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place at UN headquarters in New York City from March 9–20, 2015.

This event will take place Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. in the Church Center (Hardin Room), located at 777 1st Avenue, near East 44th Street in New York City. Continue reading


Save the Date: Side Event at 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief and its various member organizations will host a side event at the upcoming 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place March 9-20, 2015, at UN headquarters in New York City.

Our side event will focus on obstacles women face in pursuing the equal enjoyment of the rights to freedom of religion or belief in the particular context of marriage and the family. It will take place Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. in the Hardin Room of the Church Center, located at 777 1st Avenue, East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017.

More information will be announced soon.


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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