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SEAFoRB Conference Webinar 3: The Place of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Development Agenda of ASEAN

November 10, 2020 at 8:30 am - 10:00 am BMT

2020 has been a different year for obvious reasons. The coronavirus pandemic has not only changed our everyday lives but also extended the powers of government authorities. In Southeast-Asia, restrictions on fundamental freedoms are exacerbated. More than ever, there is a need for collaboration between religious communities, human rights organizations, academics, and decision-makers to promote the important and universal right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).

This webinar will explore practical ways that freedom of religion or belief helps cultivate a social and regulatory environment that allows individuals and communities to facilitate the achievement of a variety of social goods. This includes contributions to advancing sustainable development goals in fields of hunger reduction, improved public health, alleviation of poverty, and the like to make more effective contributions and to finding positive synergies for interacting with public sector institutions.

The Southeast-Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference (SEAFoRB) exists to bring together such stakeholders from Southeast-Asia and beyond. The SEAFoRB Network surpasses national or religious affiliation in order to protect everybody’s right to FoRB. In the words of Jan Figel, the EU’s Special Envoy on FoRB, at last year’s SEAFoRB Conference: “we are different in identity, but equal in dignity”. We believe that as we come together, we can make a difference. 

Given the circumstances, the SEAFoRB conference will go online this year as we continue to address FoRB-issues in Southeast-Asia through a series of webinars starting from late September to mid-November. We are sincerely grateful to the local team in Indonesia who had already started planning the SEAFoRB conference 2020. Conditions permitting, we plan to host the next SEAFoRB conference in Indonesia around October/November 2021. 


November 10, 2020
8:30 am - 10:00 am BMT


Boat People SOS – Religious Freedom Project
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights


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