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Briefing: Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference

London will host a unique event on the 5th and 6th of July 2022, bringing together major players in the field of freedom of religion or belief, at a special conference attended by over 600 delegates from over 30 countries. Ruth Peacock hosted this discussion with guest speakers:

  • Fiona Bruce, the UK government special envoy for the freedom of religion or belief and MP for Congleton in Cheshire
  • Knox Thames, former State Department official who designed the first two ministerial meetings convened in Washington in 2018 and 2019, now Senior Visiting Expert at the United States Institute of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement
  • Professor Jocelyn Cesari, Chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham and senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University
  • Josh Cass, an interfaith professional who has worked for a wide range of organisations in the UK and at the UN
  • Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK

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Report: Freedom of religion and belief: we need action, not just talk

“If all our nations just talk about it, and don’t act, it kills our credibility, it undermines deterrence, and it sells out the victims who are going to be left in these horrible situations”

Knox Thames


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