Global Summit on Religion, Peace and Security 2016, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Association Internationale pour la Defense de la Liberté Religieuse
International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty
A non-governmental organization granted with consultative status at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, New York and Vienna, at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels and Strasbourg, at the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg and at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw.
President of the Honorary Committee:
Honorary Committee’s Former Presidents:
Eleanor ROOSEVELT, Albert SCHWEITZER, Paul Henry SPAAK, René CASSIN, Edgar FAURE, Léopold Sédar SENGHOR
President: Mr. Mario BRITO, Secretary General: Dr. Liviu OLTEANU
«Let us be Ambassadors for Liberty, Hope and Peace by Thinking and Acting in the Context of Time»
Dr. Liviu Olteanu
Our purpose is to disseminate ideas of tolerance, and to defend the right for anyone to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to believe or not, freedom to change one’s religion or belief, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest one’s religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
We believe that religious liberty is a God-given right, and hold that it is best exercised where separation is maintained between religious organizations and state.
We believe that legislation and other governmental acts which unite religious organizations and state are opposed to the best interests of both institutions and are potentially prejudicial to human rights.
We believe that government is divinely ordained to support and protect citizens in the enjoyment of natural rights, and to rule in civil affairs; in this realm government warrants respectful obedience and willing support.
We believe in the natural and inalienable right of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of one’s choice; to change religious belief according to conscience; to manifest one’s religion or belief either individually or in community with others and in public or private, in worship, observance, practice and teaching – subject only to respect for the equivalent rights of others.
We believe that religious liberty also includes the freedom to establish and operate appropriate charitable or educational institutions, to solicit or receive voluntary financial contributions, to observe days of rest and celebrate holidays in accordance with the precepts of one’s religion, and to maintain communication with fellow believers and religious communities at national and international levels.
We believe that religious liberty and the elimination of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief are essential in the promotion of understanding, peace and friendship among people.
We believe that citizens should use lawful and honourable means to prevent the reduction of religious liberty, so that all may enjoy its inestimable blessing.
We believe that the spirit of true religious liberty is epitomized in the Golden Rule, which teaches that "every human being should do to others as he would have others do to him."