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International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance

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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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WHAT IS THE ALLIANCE?

  • 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 33 countries have joined the Alliance: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, The Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Togo, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

WHAT DOES THE ALLIANCE DO?

  • 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.

CONTACTING THE ALLIANCE

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.

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS AND MORE INFORMATION

Joint Statement

Multi-Country Statement on Afghanistan

September 10, 2021

 

Joint Statement

Multi-Country Statement regarding ongoing Crisis in Burma 

July 22, 2021

 

Joint Statement

Joint Statement on the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance 

December 1, 2020

 

Joint Statement

A Shared Vision for Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

 

Joint Statement

Joint Statement led by Brazil on the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance 

September 22, 2020

 

Joint Statement

COVID-19 and Religious Minorities Pandemic Statement

August 20, 2020

 

Joint Statement

Joint Statement on the denial of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mogilev re-entry to Belarus 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

 

Remarks

Archive: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner

February 5, 2020

 

Press Statement

Archive: Answering the Call to Advance Religious Freedom

February 5, 2020 | Michael R. Pompeo


Declaration of Principles for the International Religious Freedom Alliance

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

Archive: International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance

U.S. Department of State

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