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 – 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.

Recent Religious Freedom Developments in India – May 29, 2020

Topic: Recent Religious Freedom Developments in India  

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am, EDT

Background: Religious minorities have long faced persecution in India. The past six months have brought several additional and unprecedented challenges for minority groups, including the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which has been widely perceived as an “anti-Muslim” law. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to increased persecution for several minority groups across the country. In April 2020, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) included India on its list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPCs), indicating that religious groups face systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. This recent designation suggests the situation in India in worsening, as India has not been included on USCIRF’s CPC list since 2004.

Our expert panelists will discuss these and other recent developments and the ways in which they are affecting the current religious freedom landscape in India. The panelists’ presentations will be followed by a time of Q+A for attendees.

Panelists:

·       Rasheed Ahmed, Executive Director, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC)

·       Ajit Sahi, Advocacy Director, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC)

·       Michael Williams, President, United Christian Forum (UCF)

·       Dr. Waris Husain, Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Law and former South Asia Policy Analyst at USCIRF  

Please RSVP to info@unforb.org by Wednesday, May 27. Please note that a Zoom invitation will be sent out to attendees who have RSVP’d approximately an hour prior to the start of the meeting.

Meeting with the United States Mission to the UN

When: Friday, 21 February 2020, 1:15-2:45

Where: Baha’i International Community’s UN Office: 866 United Nations Plaza #120, New York, NY 10017

Please join us for an informal discussion with Henrietta Levin, Advisor to the United States Mission to the UN

Henrietta will provide an overview of the religious freedom initiatives that the US Mission to the UN has been involved in over the past year, as well as new initiatives planned for 2020. She will also touch on the ways in which civil society organizations can get involved in or support these initiatives. 

Please RSVP by emailing info@unforb.org on or before February 18.