«I believe that goverments, diplomats, religious leaders, academia and non-governmental organizations can effectively work together at international, regional and national levels to promote peace and security, tolerance and respect for diversity, religion or belief, and always defending the human dignity and the principle of freedom of religion for all people... Respect for differences begin with acknowledging the rights, dignity and perspectives of everyone in a thoughful manner and then by treating others as one would like to be treated.»

Dr. Liviu Olteanu Secretary General of the AIDLR

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Keynote address introduced by Dr. Liviu Olteanu at the “OSCE/ODIHR SUPPLEMENTARY HUMAN DIMENSION” hosted in Vienna in June 2017 regarding three proposals addressed to the OSCE' State Members on combating anti-semitism, intolerance and discrimination against christians, muslims and members of other religions and an exchange on Religious Liberty between the AIDLR' Secretary General and Ms. Stacy Bernard Davis from US Department of State

Hofburg Vienna, 22-23 June 2017

Following statement was issued by Dr Liviu Olteanu at the OSCE/ ODIHR Supplementary Human Dimension regarding the topic debated by the OSCE on Freedom of Religion or Belief: Issues, Opportunities and the Specific Challenges of Combating Anti-Semitism and Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, Muslims and members of other Religions. Dr. Olteanu believes -as Berger said-, that those actors that do not take religion, freedom of religion or belief, and religious minorities into account for their analysis of contemporary issues, assume great danger. But what must be done when in the 21st Century States or non-States actors practice harassment, intolerance, discrimination and persecution or that affect strongly members of religion and religious minorities? Three proposals in behalf of the AIDLR to the OSCE’ Member States: 1. Collecting data and follow-up by a troika. The OSCE to create a special committee which have: to identify all specific challenges and data information received at the “OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting”, from States or non-states actors, on discrimination, intolerance, persecution, torture, kidnapping, missing the life, and genocide, due to religious’ belonging, practice or sharing the beliefs and values with others, and to follow- up by a troika (States members/ including civil society experts on this field) all concerned issues on freedom of religion or belief that have been reclaimed to the OSCE. Consequently, to inform the States members and civil society representatives at the OSCE on the results and offering proposals after identified the States members that didn’t respect FoRB. 2. A continue and consolidated training program on « Security, Diversity and FoRB ». The OSCE is invited to create a special program on education and training on diversity, security and freedom of religion and belief with the support of the international experts on this field. This program must starts by training the trainers (state actors, politicians, religious leaders, civil society, and so on), for prevention on combating anti-Semitism, intolerance and discrimination against Christians, Muslims and members of other religious or minorities. 3. To join the Dialogue Five framework. The International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty (AIDLR) invited all the OSCE Member States, and national, regional and international actors, to be part of and join the «International Platform ‘DIALOGUE FIVE’ » that works on «Religion, Peace and Security framework». Information on it at: www.aidlr.org

Religious Liberty Exchange. Secretary General of the AIDLR talked at the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting hosted in Hofburg Palace from Vienna in 22-23 June 2017 with Ms. Stacy Bernard Davis, Unit Chief for Europe and Eurasia, Office of International Religious Freedom, US Department of State, regarding how to keep vigilance and tools to fight the discrimination and intolerance directed against people who belong to religious minorities on freedom of religion, expression and assembly. Conversation between the Secretary General of the AIDLR and the Unit Chief for Europe and Eurasia have been directed too on collaboration between US Department of State and the AIDLR regarding the future Summit on Religion, Peace and Security proposed to take place as a follow-up of previous Summit hosted in Geneva.

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Photo: Dr. Liviu Olteanu delivering his keynote at the OSCE in Vienna.

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Photo: Dr. Liviu Olteanu with Ms. Stacy Bernard Davis, Unit Chief for Europe and Eurasia, Office of International Religious Freedom, US Department of State and the US Ambassador.