Promoting Freedom of Religion and Belief

Joining Forces Across Religions

Oslo Declaration

The Oslo Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Background: In August 1998, The international conference on the freedom of religion was held in Oslo, Norway.

Around 150 representatives from religious and humanist communities, governments and academic institutions worldwide attended the Conference. The conference was hosted by the Norwegian Council of Religious and Humanist Communities, with the aim of focusing on freedom of religion and belief in the light of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The conference was held in connectiong with the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Mary Robinson and the Norwegian Prime Minister Mr. Kjell Magne Bondevik took part.

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Aims & Organisations

The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief 1

is an international network of representatives from religious and other life-stance communities, NGOs, international organizations and research institutes.

The Oslo Coalition works to advance freedom of religion or belief (FORB) as a common benefit that is accepted and embraced by all religions and persuasions. Drawing on and promoting the internationally accepted human rights standards on FORB, the Coalition works to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between communities of different persuasions and to hinder injustice, intolerance and distrust springing from religious differences.

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The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Organisation:

The Oslo Coalition is organised under the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law. Unlike the other programmes run by the Centre, the Coalition enjoys a great deal of autonomy, since it has its own executive board.

The Oslo Coalition is run by an executive board consisting of 3 members nominated by The Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities in Norway, 3 members nominated by the Norwegian Centre of Human Rights, and 1 member nominated by the The Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations.

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