Here's our monthly update on the Intergroup's actions:
CHAIRMAN Dennis de Jong SPEAKS IN THE NETHERLANDS at an event hosted by the Dutch Humanist Association. For more information click here.
CHAIRMAN Peter van Dalen SPEAKS IN NEW YORK: the Inter-Parliamentary Platform of FoRB hosted parliamentarians from around the world at an event, at which Intergroup Chair Peter van Dalen spoke. For more information click here.
NEPAL CONSTITUTION Open Letter: though the new constitution affirms Nepal’s status as a secular state, concerning anti-conversion laws remain. See Intergroup open letter to the PM of Nepal attached.
VIETNAM RESTRICTIONS Open Letter: find letter attached to the PM of Vietnam regarding the Intergroups concerns over-stringent registration procedures for belief groups.
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Up-coming Intergroup events:
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) will launch their Annual 2014 "Freedom of Thought" report providing a global perspective on the global discrimination and persecution on non-religious people. Hosted by FoRB Co-Chairman MEP Dennis de Jong and will feature an intervention from UN Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt as keynote speaker. Join us between 1130-1400 in the European Parliament (Room TBC).
Dear followers of the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief,
The Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance aims to ensure that the EU, in its external actions, promotes and protects the right of individuals to freely manifest their beliefs (theistic, non-theistic and atheistic). The Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance does not consider the merits of the different religions or beliefs, or the lack thereof, but ensures that the right to believe or not to believe is upheld. The Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance is impartial and is not aligned with any specific religion or belief.
Meet the new FoRB Secretariat:
If you have any questions regarding FoRB activities and actions or would like to let us know what your initiatives are in this regard, contact:
Jonathan de Leyser and Danielle Turkov at: email@example.com