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SEAFoRB Conference Webinar 4: The Place of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Fostering Social Inclusion, Peace and Peaceful Co-existence in ASEAN
November 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 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 ways and means whereby FoRB helps create an environment in which religious actors and others can help reduce hateful extremism, religious bigotry, harassment, shame and blame that all too often falls on marginalized religious minorities in ASEAN. It will also provide a platform for addressing underlying sources of inequality and unjust treatment of targeted minorities in ASEAN such as refugees, displaced persons, or otherwise disadvantaged groups. Moderator: Eugene Yapp, Senior Fellow, Religious Freedom Institute; Director for Religious Freedom & Liberty Partnerships; Programme Director, Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (Plan of Action Malaysia. Speakers: • Azza Karam, Secretary General, Religions for Peace International • Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, Advocate for People of Marawi, Philippines • Kelvin Yii, Member of Parliament of Malaysia
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.