This document is a guide for people working to promote the freedom of religion or belief (FoRB). It offers practical advice on how civil society organisations (CSOs), faith or belief groups (FBGs) and governments may work together to reduce violations of this human right and to support a culture of respect and good relations between people of all faiths and beliefs.
The freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief is largely recognised as a universal right, encoded in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For many years, FoRB was an underdeveloped human right. In the last 25 years increasing attention has been paid to it and today there are a wide variety of FoRB initiatives. There remains a need for greater learning and development of effective and inclusive FoRB interventions which draw on expertise from a variety of actors.