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Office of the Special Representative for Freedom of Religions or Belief

On January 1, 2018, the Danish Government established the Office of the Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief to strengthen international cooperation on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Freedom of Religion or Belief is one of the fundamental human rights and Denmark’s approach to international freedom of religion or belief is based on article 18 in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (IPPCR) as well as in article 18 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

International reports indicate that victimization on the grounds of religion or belief is on the rise globally. Meanwhile government restrictions on religion have generally hardened over the past decade with a majority of the world’s population now living in countries with restrictions on freedom of religion or belief. Other social hostilities based on religion are also on the rise.

In this environment, the Office of the Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief bilaterally and through strong international partnerships seeks to:

  • Promote freedom of religion and conscience throughout the world as a fundamental human right;
  • Assist vulnerable and marginalized minorities of religion or conscience in upholding their rights;
  • Assist religious and human rights NGOs in promoting freedom of religion and conscience;
  • Encourage strengthened international focus and reporting on violation of freedom of religion or belief;

A special focus will be given towards the promotion of freedom of religion and conscience in Denmark’s near areas.
The office is led by Ambassador, Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin.
You can follow the work of the office here.