UN and religious freedom

The United Nations Human Rights Council and the General Assembly have encouraged the continuing efforts in all parts of the world of the Special Rapporteur [for religious freedom and belief] to examine incidents and governmental actions that are incompatible with the provisions of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief and to recommend remedial measures as appropriate (Human Rights Council resolution 6/37 and General Assembly resolution 61/161).

To expedite his work, the Special Rapporteur for religious freedom and belief has developed a model questionnaire that can be submitted for review.  Individuals may download and submit the questionnaire to:

Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

c/o Office Of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations at Geneva

8-14 Avenue de la Paix

1211 Geneva 10


Fax: (+41 22) 917 90 06


The 214th General Assembly (2002) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) affirmed that religious freedom is a human right. The 219th General Assembly (2010) called for the protection of religious minorities around the world.

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