December 30, 2019 •
The UN Condemns Myanmar for Human Rights Abuse
The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution calling on Myanmar (formerly Burma) to stop inciting hatred against Rohingya Muslims and other members of minority religions in the Southeast Asian nation.
Spotlight on Religious Freedom at the UN
At the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom at UN headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the state of religious freedom internationally as “a pressing global issue and one that is also very close to my heart.
Scientology Foundation is Granted UN Special Consultative Status
Fundacion MEJORA, Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society, now has official representation at the UN.
Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion
The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution to establish August 22 as the Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion.
November 3, 2016 •
Outgoing UN Special Rapporteur Calls for State Vigilance Against Religious Persecution
In the final presentation to the UN General Assembly of his tenure on October 28, 2016, Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, urged member nations to guard against all forms of religious discrimination and intolerance.
October 18, 2016 •
All of Us Can Serve the World
Following is the powerful speech of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hessein, given a on October 11, 2016, in which he said “I am convinced that service to our fellow human beings benefits all of us—that it constitutes the only meaningful way to live” and “although individually, none of us can save the world, all of us can serve the world…”
October 13, 2016 •
Special UN Rapporteur Calls for End to Harassment of Members of the Bahá’í Faith
On October 4, 2016, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, called upon the government of Yemen to halt harassment of the Bahá’í population in that country. The full text of the Special Rapporteur’s announcement is below.
October 13, 2016 •
Interim Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.