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"


«I am keen to address emerging and existing concerns that fall within the scope of the mandate, and to focus on the implementation of international norms and standards, engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders in an open and inclusive manner.»

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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