NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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


Roundtable Discussion on the 5th Istanbul Process Meeting

Governmental and non-governmental representatives gathered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 3 to 5, 2015, for the 5th Istanbul Process meeting. Hosted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the meeting focused on implementation of United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on “Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping and Stigmatization of, and Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence Against, Persons Based on Religion or Belief.”

Several individuals representing non-governmental organizations which are members of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief have been intimately involved in this process, including our very own Christen Broecker, of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, who attended the Jeddah meeting. In order to inform the broader FoRB community on this Process, please join us for a roundtable discussion featuring an update from Ms. Broecker on the Jeddah meeting, and insights from others who have been involved from the beginning.

This meeting will take place Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., in the Bahá’í International Community United Nations Office, located at 866 UN Plaza (Suite 120), New York, NY 10017. Continue reading


May 20: Planning Meeting for Fall Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Pew Research Center has released the sixth in a series of reports analyzing the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices. The Pew report, titled this year as “Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities,” is perhaps the most extensive study on this subject, as it measures both governmental restrictions and societal hostilities.

Inspired by this Pew report, the United Nations Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief has started to plan a one-day conference this fall, which would be held at the United Nations in New York and feature Pew researchers, civil society, and government representatives discussing and analyzing the findings. The bureau is seeking the help of its member organizations to plan and coordinate this event, including speaker and other relevant suggestions.

This meeting will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 12:30 to 2:00 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


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

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