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International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner

International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance

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Our mission spans nationalities, political systems, and creeds. Together, we say that freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the bedrock of societies. That’s clear from our Declaration of Principles. It’s grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every human being has the right to believe in whatever it is they wish, to change their faith, or to hold no faith at all.
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State

 

International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance

A Multinational Effort to Meet the Challenge of Religious Persecution Around the World

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WHAT IS THE ALLIANCE?

  • The Alliance is a network of like-minded countries fully committed to advancing freedom of religion or belief around the world. Alliance members must fully commit to the Declaration of Principles.
  • The Declaration is grounded in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, which states everyone has freedom to believe or not believe, to change faith, to meet alone for prayer or corporately for worship.
  • Currently 32 countries have joined the Alliance: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, The Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Togo, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

WHAT DOES THE ALLIANCE DO?

  • The Alliance is predicated on the idea more must be done to protect members of religious minority groups and combat discrimination and persecution based on religion or belief.
  • The Alliance brings together senior government representatives to discuss actions their nations can take together to promote respect for freedom of religion or belief and protect members of religious minority groups worldwide.
Secretary Pompeo and Polish Foreign Minister Czaputowicz
Secretary Pompeo and Austrian Foreign Minister Schallenberg
Secretary Pompeo and Austrian Foreign Minister Schallenberg
International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner
International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner
International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner
International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner
International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner

CONTACTING THE ALLIANCE

The State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom currently serves as the Secretariat of the Alliance, managing the meetings and information sharing between members. The Secretariat also consults with networks of subject matter experts and religious leaders, which inform the Alliance’s activities globally.

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS AND MORE INFORMATION

Joint Statement

Joint Statement on the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance 

December 1, 2020

 

Joint Statement

A Shared Vision for Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

 

Joint Statement

Joint Statement led by Brazil on the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance 

September 22, 2020

 

Joint Statement

COVID-19 and Religious Minorities Pandemic Statement

August 20, 2020

 

Joint Statement

Joint Statement on the denial of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mogilev re-entry to Belarus 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

 

Remarks

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner

February 5, 2020 | Michael R. Pompeo

 

Press Statement

Answering the Call to Advance Religious Freedom

February 5, 2020 | Michael R. Pompeo


Declaration of Principles for the International Religious Freedom Alliance

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

 

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future