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Freedom of Religion or Belief: Promoting Peaceful Coexistence through Human Rights

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Languages: English, Italiano

CONFERENCE: IDLO jointly with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will organize a half-day conference on “Freedom of Religion or Belief: Promoting Peaceful Coexistence Through Human Rights” to discuss the role of the rule of law in enabling the right to freedom of religion or belief.

The event will mark the launch of IDLO’s report Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons Learned, a study offering informed reflections on the critical importance of religious tolerance in contributing to respect for other human rights, strengthening good governance and the rule of law, and enabling peaceful coexistence.

IDLO’s report intends to contribute to the public debate by showing that just and equitable rule of law frameworks are an essential requirement for societies to safeguard the right to freedom of religion or belief, and to balance this right fairly with other rights and interests.

Format:

The conference will take place during the morning of Tuesday 8 November 2016 at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome. The event is scheduled to start at 9.30am and will close at 12.30pm.

IDLO’s new report Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons Learned will be distributed to participants during the conference.

Working languages: English and Italian (with simultaneous translation)

Details (Agenda available for download below):

We are delighted to confirm the following speakers: 

Session 1

  • Mario Giro, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy
  • Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations
  • Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and former Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2012-2013 and 2014-2015)
  • Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Moderated by Pietro Sebastiani, Director General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Session 2

  • Saul Meghnagi, Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI)
  • Yahya Pallavicini, President, Italian Islamic Religious Community (CO.RE.IS)
  • Giancarlo Penza, Focal Point for International Affairs, Community of Sant'Egidio
  • Nathan Walker, Executive Director, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

Moderated by Silvio Ferrari, Professor of Law and Religion, University of Milan

Participation:

Event participation is by invitation only. Please contact events@idlo.int to express your interest in attending.

Publication

Available for viewing on November 8, 2016.


CONFERENZA: L’IDLO, insieme al Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, organizzerà una half-day conference dal titolo “Freedom of Religion or Belief: Promoting Peaceful Coexistence through Human Rights”, per discutere del ruolo dello Stato di Diritto come facilitatore del diritto alla libertà religiosa o di credo.

L’evento sarà l’occasione per lanciare il report dell’IDLO “Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons Learned”, uno studio sull’importanza fondamentale della libertà di religione nel contribuire al rispetto degli altri diritti umani, al rafforzamento della buona governance e dello Stato di Diritto e alla realizzazione di una coesistenza pacifica nel mondo.

Il report intende offrire il proprio contributo al dibattito pubblico mostrando che contesti di giustizia e uguaglianza sono un requisito essenziale per la società al fine di salvaguardare la libertà di religione e di credo e di bilanciare questo con altri diritti e interessi. 

Format:

La conferenza si terrà nella mattinata di martedì 8 novembre 2016, presso il Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale a Roma. L’apertura dei lavori è prevista per le ore 9.30 e il termine previsto è per le ore 12.30.

Durante l’evento sarà distribuito il report dell’IDLO Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Law: Current Dilemmas and Lessons Learned.

È prevista la traduzione simultanea italiano-inglese. 

Partecipazione:

L’evento è solo su invito.

     

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