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Freedom of religion

November 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief has published a resolution calling on ways to advance freedom of religion or belief for all.

In a statement issued in New York, following a summit of parliamentarians from nearly 50 countries, the meeting held in September culminated in advocacy letters being issued to heads of countries where persecution is rife. The letters were sent to the President of Burma, Prime Minister of Vietnam and Speaker of Iran’s parliament.

In addition, the parliamentarians signed the New York resolution for freedom of religion or belief, committing them to renewed action to promote this fundamental right. The event was co-sponsored by the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

This network was launched last year in response to the rising crisis of religious or belief-based persecution both by terrorist groups and authoritarian governments. It is an alliance of parliamentarians committed to advancing religious freedom for all, as defined by Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

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