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Selected activities of the Office of the Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief

January 10, 2018
Launch of the Contact Forum for Denmark’s efforts for Freedom of Religion or Belief at Eigtved’s Pakhus in Copenhagen.

On January 10 2018, Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, will launch the new Contact Forum for Denmark’s efforts for Freedom of Religion or Belief in connection with the Danish Government’s decision to establish a new office for Freedom of Religion or Belief. Following the launch of the contact forum. Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief will present the planned activities and afterwards invite participants to share their views and/or questions regarding the new initiative. Participants can sign up for the meeting here: https://um.easysignup.com/37/ (in Danish only)

 


January 11, 2018
International high-level meeting on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Eigtved’s Pakhus in Copenhagen.

On January 11 2018, Denmark will host an international meeting on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in Eigtved’s Pakhus in Copenhagen.

The event covers three distinct sessions: A morning session were the EU and its Member States discuss how to make the EU a more actionable foreign policy actor within Freedom of Religion or Belief. A working lunch hosted by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Anders Samuelsen, with interventions by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on FoRB, Mr. Ahmed Shaheed and  EU Special Envoy on FoRB, Mr. Jan Figel. An afternoon session with broad international participation to discuss potential areas of joint action and support for the efforts of the UN Special Rapporteur.


January 12, 2018 
Promoting freedom of religion or belief: exploring the role of state and civil society

Event with UN Special Rappoteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief Ahmed Shaheed at Danish Mission Council together with Danish Institute for Human Rights. Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief will participate as a panelist.

January 29, 2018
Conference on the responsibility of States, Institutions and individuals  in the fight against anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic hate crimes in the OSCE area in Rome.

Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief will participate.

 

February 15-16, 2018
Seminar on Religion and Rights: Recognising Common Ground hosted by Musawah in collaboration with OHCHR and the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Development

 

Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, Special Representative for Freedom of Religion or Belief will participate and moderate one of the sessions.