NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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


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


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


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)

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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

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