Shabtab – In an open letter international religious freedom experts urged the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to continue the mandate of the Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU.
The letter declared “Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. The role of the Special Envoy for the promotion of religion or belief outside the EU has been vital in standing up for those who are unable to freely practice their faith,” said Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom at ADF International, the faith-based legal advocacy organisation that co-signed the letter. “
The declaration was aimed at all countries that prohibit religious freedom like Iran. This letter was signed by representatives of various global human rights Organisations and religious bodies like: Religious Freedom Institute , European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom , Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe, International Human Rights Committee, and International Organisation to Preserve Human Right, etc.
The Members of the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable of EU responded to the letter by “recalling the fruitful partnership between the former Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, and stressing that the fundamental rights, the freedom of religion or belief is challenged worldwide. Also mentioning the “link to the rise of authoritarianism and a narrative of national identity, meant to galvanise political support, while excluding communities who slightly deviate from this construct” to the challenge of maintaining freedom of religious beliefs in our society.
The letter was also covered by neweurope:
For the full text of the letter please see below: