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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Oct. 22/20). During October 22 and 23, the Hemispheric Forum on Religious Freedom and Beliefs, organized by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior, will take place.

On the first day, thematic panels related to:

– Challenges in promoting freedom of religion or belief and interreligious dialogue within the framework of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Threats of extremism against religious minorities – Tolerance and inclusion, and the rejection of all Forms of discrimination based on religion or religious belief – The role of women in faith communities – The role of religious organizations in promoting religious freedom, social action and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

On the second day there will be a meeting of high-level ministers and delegates from different countries of America.

During the first day, the technical panels were installed with the participation of the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Adriana Mejía, and the Vice Minister for Participation and Equal Rights of the Ministry of the Interior, Carlos Baena.

In her intervention, Vice Minister Mejía emphasized that the States and civil society should join forces “to identify strategies and ensure the effectiveness of sufficient and effective guarantees for all, without distinction, to exercise freedom of thought, conscience, religion and freedom. beliefs. Any threat to these freedoms supposes a weakening of democratic principles and of the healthy coexistence to which we are all called ”.

Finally, he indicated that the thematic panels that take place during the first day of debate constitute a favorable setting for the rich exchange of opinions between academics, experts in religious matters and leaders participating in the meeting.

The agenda will continue tomorrow Friday with the participation of Chancellor Claudia Blum; the Minister of the Interior, Alicia Arango; Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS; Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations; Ambassador Samuel Brownback, US Itinerant Ambassador for Religious Liberty Issues; among others.

Vice Minister Adriana Mejía installed in the Hemispheric Forum on Religious Freedom and Beliefs

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