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.
Former Secretaries-General:
Dr. Jean NUSSBAUM, Dr. Pierre LANARES, Dr. Gianfranco ROSSI, Dr. Maurice VERFAILLIE, Mr. Karel NOWAK

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Javier Perez de Cuellar
designated in 1987 The International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty
as a "Peace Messenger"


«At the end of September 1914, I had been gravely injured and I was lying on the ground in misery like my companions. At daybreak, I saw the heavy silhouette of the curate moving around the area. When it came to my turn I said to him in all honesty, 'I am a stranger to your way of worship and I do not share your convinctions'. He replied: 'My child, if you have to appear before the Supreme Judge shortly, know that He will be a judge of love'. This scene is one that I will never forget.»

Rene Cassin Nobel Prize winner and the 4th President of the Honoray Committee of the AIDLR

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