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Parliamentary debate on the
status of the Danish FoRB-initiative    

Parliamentary debate on the status of the Danish FoRB-initiative

On February 6, 2019, the status of the Danish initiative for Freedom of Religion or Belief was discussed in a parliamentary debate in the Danish Parliament on the basis of the attached report from the Government. During the debate all political parties expressed their support. You can read more about the debate at the Danish FoRB-page.

   

Minister for Development Cooperation adjusts strategy for the Danish FoRB-initiative

On October 8, 2019, the Minister for Development Cooperation, Rasmus Prehn, confirmed the strategy’s five tracks and presented the new government’s adjustments to the Danish FoRB-initiative with the following adjustments:

Track 1 – Mobilization of the international community on the promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief: There is a need to emphasize the “B” for Belief in FoRB. Freedom of religion or belief is a right for everyone including agnostics, humanists, and atheists.

Track 2 – Thematic focus on the intersection of Freedom of Religion or Belief and Gender Equality & Freedom of Religion or Belief and Responsibility to Protect (R2P): The efforts on the thematic intersection between the freedom of religion or belief and the responsibility to protect will be enhanced by engaging with faith-based actors and their contribution to conflict-prevention and reconciliation. This will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions.

Track 3 – Focus on the immediate EU neighborhood area, including the Middle East and North Africa.

Track 4 – Focus on projects in specific countries to enhance dialogue and cooperation: A change of focus from development projects on freedom of religion or belief in four specific countries to a broader and more flexible approach to dialogue and cooperation with countries where FoRB is under pressure. The new approach’s guiding principle is to open up a dialogue “where it is necessary and possible” – instead of singling out specific countries.

Track 5 – Cases of individuals persecuted for religious reasons.

Concluding, the Minister of Development Cooperation stated that freedom of religion or belief is one of Denmark’s main priorities in Denmark’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council.

Read the Minister of Development Cooperation’s speech here.