«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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Mr. Paulo Macedo
Current Secretary General of the AIDLR/IADLR Association


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24th May 2021 Bern, Switzerland


The AIDLR Announces New Secretary-General, Mr. Paulo Macedo. He will proceed Dr. Liviu Olteanu, who has served AIDLR as Secretary General for 9 years.

Mr. Paulo Macedo holds a degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Strategic Communication. He has an extensive experience, having worked in the Portuguese Section of AIDLR since 2006. His action has mainly focused on freedom of conscience, worship and religion, and also State-Church relationship.

"It is a privilege to serve as Secretary General of this prestigious and generous organisation", Macedo said. "It is also a great responsibility to follow the path of my honourable predecessors, from our founder, Dr. Jean Nussbaum, to religious liberty champion Dr. Liviu Olteanu, that just ended his successful term. Our intention is to keep defending and promoting freedom of conscience, worship and religion, cooperating with all actors to support the respect for peace, human rights and diversity. As Dr. Nussbaum explained, we stand for the principle of religious liberty, not for interests", he added.