U.N.-backed forum will seek to combat religious intolerance

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is headquartered in the historic Palais Wilson building in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo courtesy of Libertyandhumanity.org)

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and a Geneva-based human rights group will host in April next year a forum on “practical actions” to combat religious intolerance, according to a press release.

The conference, to be held in London, is intended to help set in place the implementation of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council and General Assembly resolutions on negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, and incitement to violence, among others.

“Intolerance and discrimination, especially if based on religion and belief, represent a serious threat to the peacefulness and stability of societies,” said Hanif al-Qassim, the chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue.

“It is therefore our duty to raise awareness on good practices and challenges ahead, and to enhance governments’ capacities to combat religious-based discrimination through concrete measures and agreed follow-up mechanisms,” he added.

Government ministers responsible for justice, human rights and religious issues - along with renowned experts - are expected to attend, according to organizers.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44