Posts Tagged: religious freedom

Religious Freedom Day

Today, students from Elon University joined us at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations to look at the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and intersections between social action and poverty.  As part of their seminar, the group had the chance to visit the Permanent Mission of the United States to… Read more »

Religious Freedom

Yesterday, I joined ecumenical colleagues from the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches at a special event hosted by the government of Canada looking at ways the United Nations can encourage and protect religious freedom around the world. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt spoke of the… Read more »

Prayer, not politics, is Egypt solution, says religious leader

The Presbyterian News Service posted the following story reporting on a webinar on Egypt held by Presbyterian World Mission. American Presbyterians who want to help Christians in Egypt must first be informed, said a PC(USA) partner in a webinar hosted by Presbyterian World Mission today. Ramez Atallah, general director of the Bible Society of Egypt,… Read more »

Indigenous Peoples and Freedom of Religion

by Marissa Costello On May 22, 2013 I attended a side event of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues entitled “Indigenous Peoples and Freedom of Religion.” Speakers included individuals who are members of various tribes such as the Apaches and Sand Hill Indians but individuals from NGOs also participated. People from all walks of life… Read more »

United Nations General Assembly is underway

The United Nations General Assembly continued today.  United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook met with religious leaders to dialouge about her work within the Obama administration.  I had the pleasure to meet with Ambassador Johnson Cook today.  The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations looks forward to working closely… Read more »

Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Today, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt issued his interim report to the United Nations General Assembly.   The report includes the activities of the Special Rapporteur, the role of the State in promoting interreligious communication and conclusions and recommendations from the Special Rapporteur. The Presbyterian Ministry at the United… Read more »

Stated Clerk calls for prayer for Nepali Christians

From the Presbyterian News Service: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons has issued a call to prayer for Christians in Nepal, where proposed new laws could severely curtail religious freedom and expression in that country. The PC(USA) partners ecumenically in Nepal through the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), which appealed to its… Read more »

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… Read more »

Protecting religious freedom

Ask your representative to co-sponsor H.R.440. This bill would provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. It has been introduced in the House and…

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