May 1st, 2019
Founded in 1946 by Dr. Jean NUSSBAUM and assisted by Mrs. Eleanor ROOSEVELT, the first President of Honorary Committee of the AIDLR.
A Non-governmental organization accredited to the United Nations (UN) ECOSOC Committee in New York and Geneva,
to the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels and Strasbourg, with participatory status in the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg
and to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw.
President Mr. MARIO BRITO
Current President of the Honorary Committee: H.E. ADAMA DIENG
United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary General on Prevention of Genocide
Current Secretary-General: Dr. LIVIU OLTEANU
Doctor of Law on the United Nations Diplomacy in Action for the Protection of Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Honorary Committee’s Former Presidents:
Eleanor ROOSEVELT, Dr. Albert SCHWEITZER, Paul Henry SPAAK, René CASSIN, Edgar FAURE, Léopold Sédar SENGHOR, Mary ROBINSON.
Dr. Jean NUSSBAUM, Dr. Pierre LANARES, Dr. Gianfranco ROSSI, Dr. Maurice VERFAILLIE, Mr. Karel NOWAK
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.