«Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right which is part of the foundation of the European Union. The persistent persecution of religious and ethnic minorities makes protecting and promoting this freedom inside and outside the EU all the more essential.»

H.E. Jean Claude Juncker President of the European Commission

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H.E. Jan Figel, the European Union Special Envoy for Promotion Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and H.E. Ahmed Shaeed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on FoRB, after an exchange view on religious liberty with Dr. Liviu Olteanu

March 2017

At the end of «Panel on Freedom of Religion or Belief: Toward an Agenda for Implementation» hosted at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Secretary General, Dr. Liviu Olteanu met for the third time with Dr. Jan FIGEL, «the EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU» and with Dr. Ahmed SHAEED, «the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief» and thanked to their Excellences for their interesting and practical keynote addresses and for important international commitment on freedom of religion or belief, and being appreciated as prominence international defenders; they have been invited on continuing the cooperation started years ago for one side, between the EU and the AIDLR, and for other side reiterating the special collaboration between the former Special Rapporteur on FoRB Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt and the AIDLR at the international conferences organized by the AIDLR at international level, with the hope that it will be also between the new Special Rapporteur Dr. Shaeed and the AIDLR.


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Photo: H.E. Dr. Jan FIGEL the EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, Dr. Liviu Olteanu, Secretary General of the AIDLR and H.E. Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, at Palais des Nations in Geneva.