NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Protecting freedom of thought and conscience within the international community of nations

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INVITATION – 10/26/21 A Conversation about Freedom of Thought with Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Title: A Conversation about Freedom of Thought with Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Sponsor: The Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

When: 26 October 2021, 10:00am to 11:15am (Eastern)

Where: Virtual Forum – Registration Required

RSVP: To receive a link to the webinar, RSVP at: info@UNFoRB.org

Summary: On the occasion of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief is hosting a conversation with Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, to discuss his most recent report (presented to the Third Committee on October 19, 2021), which focuses on the Freedom of Thought. Dr. Shaheed will discuss what freedom of thought entails, how and where it is most in danger of being violated, the ways in which emerging technologies are threatening this right, how it connects with religious freedom and freedom of expression, and how it is impacted by social media, among other things.

Dr. Shaheed’s report can be accessed here: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Religion/A_76_380_AUV.docx

We will have time for questions from attendees, so please feel free to come with questions for Dr. Shaheed.

Format:

  • Opening Remarks
  • Introduction of Dr. Shaheed
  • Discussion with Dr. Shaheed moderated by Kelsey Zorzi (35 minutes)
  • Questions from Attendees (20 minutes)

A Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the event.

INVITATION – 05/07 2021 FoRB Priorities at the United Nations

Title: 2021 FoRB Priorities at the United Nations
Sponsor: The Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief
When: 7 May 2021, 1:15pm – 2:45pm Eastern
Where: Virtual Forum – Registration Required

Join us on Friday, May 7th, from 1:15pm-2:45pm Eastern for a virtual event that will highlight various missions’ recent past and upcoming efforts to promote religious freedom and related rights in 2021 at the United Nations. The event will feature a panel of UN diplomats who will present their mission’s specific priorities on this issue. Following the presentations, there will be ample time for Q+A.

Our expert panelists include: 

  • Madeeha Ashraf, Advisor, U.S. Mission to the UN
  • Timothy Sylvester, Second Secretary, U.K Mission to the UN 
  • Klas Nyman, Counsellor, EU Delegation to the UN

Format: Each speaker will present for 10-12 minutes followed by a time of Q+A from the attendees.

To register, please RSVP to unforb@gmail.com by 12pm on May 6. A Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the event.

INVITATION – 03/16 The Power of Freedom of Religion or Belief to Elevate Women and Girls

Title: The Power of Freedom of Religion or Belief to Elevate Women and Girls
Sponsor: The Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief
When: 16 March 2021, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where: Virtual Forum – Registration Required
Link to Register: https://tinyurl.com/3csr4678
Summary: On the occasion of the 65th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief is bringing together a panel of prominent female leaders to discuss how their diverse religious and belief backgrounds have shaped their views and prepared them for leadership positions around the world as well as how the freedom of religion or belief is critical to empowering women and girls.

Panelists:

·       Bani Dugal, Principal Representative of the Bahá’í International Community’s United Nations Office 

·       Blu Greenberg, Founding President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance 

·       Carole McConkie, Latter-day Saint Charities Representative at the United Nations in Geneva 

·       Margaret Downey, Founder of the Freethought Society 

Format: Each speaker will present for 10-12 minutes followed by a time of Q+A from the attendees.

INVITATION – 10/22 Event on Safeguarding Freedom of Religion or Belief and Cultural Rights with UN Rapporteurs Dr. Ahmed Shaheed & Karima Bennoune

INVITATION

Safeguarding the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief and Cultural Rights at a Time of Crisis

Featuring

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

12:00 – 1:15 Eastern Time

Online via Zoom (link and password will be provided to registered attendees just prior to the event)

RSVP (include name and affiliation) to unforb@gmail.com 

Please join us for a conversation in which Dr. Ahmed Shaheed and Ms. Karima Bennoune will discuss their most recent reports to the UN General Assembly as well as several areas in which they have both engaged in their recent work as UN Special Procedures mandate holders. These include their efforts to encourage States to advance the rights to freedom of religion or belief and cultural rights in ways that are consistent with the principle of the universality of rights; their efforts to promote greater recognition of rights defenders in their respective fields; and their concern about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the essential rights they monitor. 

This event is free and open to all. Advance registration is required. For more information about the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, please visit https://www.unforb.org/

NGO Committee on FoRB’s Annual General Meeting – June 3, 2020

The NGO Committee on FoRB in New York will host its Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, June 3, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm (EDT). The meeting will feature a panel discussion featuring USCIRF Commissioners.

USCIRF Panelists:

–       Commissioner Tony Perkins, USCIRF Chair

–       Commissioner Gayle Manchin, USCIRF Vice Chair

–       Elizabeth Cassidy, Director of Research and Policy for USCIRF

The panelists will discuss USCIRF’s recently released 2020 report with a focus on positive developments and ways in which recent progress can provide roadmaps for countries that have been designated as Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs).  

The panel will begin with opening remarks from Commissioners Tony Perkins and Gayle Manchin, followed by a moderated discussion and Q+A session.

Please RSVP for the Annual General Meeting at info@unforb.org by Monday, June 1, 2020. A Zoom link will be sent out to those who have RSVP’d approximately an hour prior to the start of the event.