Freedom of conscience underpins many of the other human rights that we all enjoy. This is why the right to express your belief is enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, this freedom is being marginalised.
The Global Charter of Conscience will bring religious tolerance back to the centre of public debate, and it will help future generations engage freely in the public life of their nation.
The Charter has been drafted by people of many faiths and none, politicians of many persuasions, academics and NGOs, all committed to a partnership on behalf of "freedom of thought, conscience and religion" for people of all faiths and none.
The Charter calls for the cultivation of civility and the construction of a civil public square that maximises freedom for everyone. It provides a vision and framework to help us discuss and resolve our present problems in a constructive, rights-honouring manner. This is long term work but we need to start now.
In the coming months, Charter supporters will be providing opportunities to reflect on what is needed to help make the world genuinely "safer for diversity." We invite all people of good will to join the conversation.
This is a powerful document. The
potential to inspire practical
commitment and to contribute to a
better understanding of human
rights in general is enormous.
Prof Dr Heiner Bielefeldt UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
This is a unique and timely
document, an excellent and detailed
follow-up to Article 18 and will
hopefully serve as an international
rallying point for all.
Habib Charles Malik PhD, Lebanon
The Charter calls for a new and deeper vision of freedom of thought, conscience and religion. These freedoms must be respected everywhere despite global challenges such as growing diversity and coexistence of different worldviews.
Sari Essayah Member of the European Parliament
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Introducing the Irish launch of the Global Charter of Conscience on 9th May, Seán Mullan from the Evangelical Alliance Read More
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