European Interreligious Forum For Religious Freedom


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EIFRF Chairman invited as a speaker to IRF Roundtable annual event in Washington
On September 19, 2014 Eric Roux, Chairman of EIFRF, was invited to speak about Religious Freedom in Europe at the third annual event of the IRF Roundtable (IRF= International Religious Freedom), in the Washington State Capitol.

He shared a panel with Susan Kerr from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Ira Forman, Special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism of the US State Department, Dr Juris Pupcenoks from the Marist College in New York, and Greg Mitchell, co-chair of the US IRF Roundtable.

The event was very well attended by more than a hundred of people, including several congressmen, religious leaders, members of the US government and human rights defenders.

Rédigé par EIFRF le Monday, October 6th 2014 | Comments (0)

Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community inaugurates Maryam Mosque
26th September 2014

Ireland’s first Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque opens in Galway
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that earlier today, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Maryam Mosque (Mosque of Mary) in Galway, Ireland. It is the first Mosque built by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the country.

Rédigé par EIFRF le Friday, October 3rd 2014 | Comments (0)

International Religious Freedom Roundtable in Europe First meeting 28 June 2014 - Statement
On the 28th of June 2014 more than 20 faith-based and non-faith-based NGOs reps or individuals joined together for the first meeting of the IRF Roundtable in Europe, in the Royal Library of Brussels, Belgium.
For two hours, they discussed the way this roundtable will be organized, its purpose and the results it wants to achieve.
The IRF Roundtable (IRF = International Religious Freedom) is an informal group of individuals from non-governmental organisations who gather regularly to discuss IRF issues on a non-attribution basis.  It is simply a safe space where participants gather, speak freely in sharing ideas and information, and propose joint advocacy actions to address specific IRF issues and problems.
The purpose is to have a roundtable meeting every two months in Brussels. Meetings will be open to all civil society members and every NGO that shares concerns about religious freedom issues and are committed to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The non-attribution basis means that if a report of the discussions during the meetings is done, no specific quote or position will be attributed to anyone, making the roundtable a safe space for expressing views and sharing ideas.
Even if many initiatives, coalitions and advocacy groups already exist and operate in this field, the IRF roundtable aims to complement other existing activities and does not encroach on their existing fields of action. Each existing NGO that already has initiatives in the field of lobbying and advocating for religious freedom should consider the Roundtable as a complementary tool to further its own purposes and the cause of freedom of religion and belief at large:
• It is a “non-organisation” and participants do not commit themselves by participating and their choice to join any given advocacy action is self determined. The Roundtable will never issue communications advocating IRF under the name of the Roundtable, but is only a place to meet and share initiatives, and each initiative will be endorsed or not by specific NGOs, not the roundtable.
• It’s open to all and will permit some “non-traditional”, minority or less-organised faiths to be able to make their voices heard, as well as to propose joint advocacy actions in some fields that have not yet been addressed by existing initiatives. There is no “membership” so anyone who attends is not considered a member, but only a participant. Names, per the principle of non-attribution, will not be disclosed in the minutes of the meetings.
• It will allow existing initiatives and NGOs to participate and broaden their grassroots, field-based knowledge of different issues, by being briefed and alerted on topics that have not always been tackled before (or different aspects or updates on topics that have).
• It will allow participants to join others with regards to specific issues whereas they would never have had such an opportunity to work together in different circumstances.
The stress will be put on actions and initiatives, not on discussions about beliefs and theological differences. The purpose is to address freedom of religion or belief issues.
The Roundtable will be a place to tackle freedom of religion or belief issues all over the world, including Europe, and from which to interact with European institutions as well as any governmental body that might be a stakeholder in a religious freedom issue.
If you want to attend to the next roundtable meeting in October or have questions on the IRF Roundtable in Europe, please write to
The participants

Rédigé par EIFRF le Sunday, July 20th 2014 | Comments (0)

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