International Development Law Organization

Religion

The right to freedom of religion is one of the most fundamental human rights and one of the few that is required to be protected not just in times of peace, but also in times of war. Yet in practice, the freedom to practice one’s belief – or not to practice any – often clashes with other freedoms, rights and values. We believe that rule of law frameworks are key to finding solutions for the promotion and protection of freedom of religion that are effective, fair and sustainable. 

IDLO: use law to protect threatened 'Freedom of Religion' human right

ROME, November 8, 2016 – Religious minorities are under threat as unscrupulous political leaders exploit people’s fears for short term electoral gains in some western countries, said Irene Khan, Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), ahead of a conference on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

“In some parts of the world, innocent civilians are being persecuted, attacked and slaughtered in the name of religion,” she added.

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