The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a landmark document since 1948, influencing worldwide legal, political, and social developments. Among the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the right to freedom of religion. Article 18 states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. A person’s religious freedom includes the right to change his religion or belief and the right to teach, practice, worship, and observe his religion freely, whether alone or with others. Freedom of religion is viewed as a fundamental freedom and is universally accepted and ratified by the international community, being considered the element that underpins all other freedoms. Everyone has the right and privilege to express their beliefs and hopes without coercion, deception, or manipulation. Freedom of religion refers to freedom from persecution, indoctrination, and oppression, freedom from being constrained into adhering to a particular religion or ideology.
Religious freedom contributes substantially to harmonious social cohesion and can be a major pillar for effective international relations and irreplaceable for national and international peace. To mark the 75 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we invite participants to contribute to the topic Universal Human Rights Declaration and Religious Freedom – 75 Years of History of Promoting Freedoms. This international conference will take place online on August 22-23, 2023, and is scheduled around the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. The event is organized by the UNEQUAL World Research Center, IPSEC, and UN Liaison Office for IRLA and SDA. The conference aims to bring together researchers, speakers from international organizations, religious leaders, and diplomats to share views and experiences as well as to discuss trends, concerns, and challenges related to the Universal Human Rights Declaration and Religious Freedom.
- Submission for the conference starts on January 16, 2023
- Abstract deadline: July 25, 2023
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1 week after submission
- Conference Days: August 22-23, 2023