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International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance


International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance

A Multinational Effort to Protect and Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief Around the World

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  • The Alliance is a network of like-minded countries fully committed to advancing freedom of religion or belief around the world. Alliance members must fully commit to the Declaration of Principles.
  • The Declaration is grounded in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, which states everyone has freedom to believe or not believe, to change faith, to meet alone for prayer or corporately for worship.
  • Currently 37 countries have joined the Alliance: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, The Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Togo, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
    • There are also five IRFBA friends: Canada, Guyana, Japan, South Korea, and Sweden.
    • There are three IRFBA observers: Sovereign Order of Malta, Taiwan, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.


  • The Alliance is predicated on the idea more must be done to protect members of religious minority groups and combat discrimination and persecution based on religion or belief.
  • The Alliance brings together senior government representatives to discuss actions their nations can take together to promote respect for freedom of religion or belief and protect members of religious minority groups worldwide.
  • The Alliance’s membership documents, including the terms of reference and membership annex, as well as the international instruments that define its work can be found on the About IRFBA page.


  • The Steering Committee members come from multiple IRFBA member countries. You can read their bios here.


The State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom currently serves as the Secretariat of the Alliance, managing the meetings and information sharing between members. The Secretariat also consults with networks of subject matter experts and religious leaders, which inform the Alliance’s activities globally.


Chair Statement

IRFBA Chair’s Statement on the Somber Anniversary of Two Years since the Russian Aggression against Ukraine Accompanied by Severe Violations and Abuses, Killing of Priests and Destruction of Places of Worship

February 24, 2024

Chair Statement

IRFBA Chair’s Statement on Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan religious prisoners of conscience the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, writer Go Sherab Gyatso, and separation of Tibetan children from their heritage and language

February 9, 2024

Chair Statement

IRFBA Chair’s Statement on Nigerian Religious Prisoner of Conscience, Mubarak Bala

November 15, 2023

Chair Statement

IRFBA Chair’s statement on Uyghur religious prisoner of conscience, Dr. Gulshan Abbas

October 20, 2023

Chair Statement

IRFBA Statement on Chinese Religious Prisoner of Conscience, Wang Yi

October 20, 2023

Joint Statement

IRFBA Chair’s Statement on Vietnamese Religious Prisoners of Conscience: Lê Tùng Vân, Lê Thanh Trùng Dương, Lê Thanh Hoàn Nguyên, Lê Thanh Nhất Nguyên, Cao Thị Cúc, and Lê Thanh Nhị Nguyên

September 13, 2023

Joint Statement

IRFBA Statement on the Occasion of International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

august 21, 2023

IRFBA Chair’s Statement on the Arbitrary Detention of Reverend Dr Hkalam Samson

May 22, 2023

Joint Statement
Trip Note

International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance’s Solidarity Visit to Lebanon

May 15, 2023

Chair Statement


U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future