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Universal Declration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a foundational UN document that was proclaimed by the UN in 1948. Article 18 of the Declaration enshrines the right for all to “freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.” 


This helpful guide provides information on how non-governmental organizations can get involved in the UN Human Rights Council.


UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief “is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council…to identify existing and emerging obstacles to the enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief and present recommendations on ways and means to overcome such obstacles.” 

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

One of the main ways civil society can engage with the UN is through the Universal Periodic Review process. Every country’s human rights record is reviewed and other governments and non-governmental organizations can submit recommendations for improvements. 

UN Religious Freedom News

This page is continually updated with news, audio briefings, and videos from the UN related to religious freedom.  


The NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief was formed in 1991 to promote and defend international agreements protecting freedom of religion or belief from within the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The Committee, which consists of civil society leaders, advances freedom of religion or belief in by coordinating NGO activities in New York City that reinforce programs and initiatives at the UN that protect the rights of freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief.

BWA Commission on Religious Freedom

The BWA Commission on Religious Freedom works around the world to advocate for religious freedom for people of all faiths or no faith, especially Baptists who experience or are threatened by persecution. 

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