The United Nations NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief was formed in 1991 to promote and defend international agreements protecting freedom of religion or belief from within the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The Committee, which consists of civil society leaders, advances freedom of religion or belief in by coordinating NGO activities in New York City that reinforce UN efficacy in protecting the rights of freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief; communicating with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, other relevant UN Offices, and UN member states; and working with concerned NGOs in Geneva.
Our current leadership consists of:
*Acting President: Kelsey Zorzi, ADF International
Vice President: Bani Dugal, Bah’ai International Community
Treasurer: Ryan Koch, LDS Charities
Members at Large: Christen Broecker, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights; Farida Ali, All Pakistan Women’s Association; Erik Larson, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.
*President Michael De Dora, Center for Inquiry, resigned effective June 2017.
Front page photo credit: Basil D Soufi