«Freedom of conscience is one of the most precious gifts offered to humankind. Freedom of conscience is not a negotiable liberty. The right to freedom of conscience must be the prerogative of all respectful societies, societies which respect citizen's believers, agnostics or atheists. Opposition and deprivation of freedom of conscience in the midst of a society is comparable to a crime against humanity»

Dr. Bruno Vertallier Former President of the AIDLR

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Interview realized by Dr. Liviu OLTEANU with H.E. Dr. Ahmed SHAHEED, the Unites Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB)



Brussels, Jun 2018

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Shaheed – with a strong expertise on diplomacy, human rights and religious freedom – is the current Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Nations. He offered recently to Dr. Liviu Olteanu, the Secretary General of the AIDLR a consistent, important and exclusive interview, where underlines and advises on many contemporary issues. The interview was published recently in the book « Diplomacy and Education for Freedom of Religion, A Priority for Public Policy » (2018), and it looks to the greatest challenges for freedom of religion on the 21st Century.


Ahmed SHAHEED:

«Continuing the amazing and tireless work of the AIDLR with an eye towards deepening its efforts to combat the root causes of religious intolerance throughout the world.»

Photos and complementary documents:

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Ahmed SHAHEED and Liviu OLTEANU during the interview.

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Full Ahmed Shaheed's interview document.