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Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Advocating for Human Rights at the US Department of State


From July 24th-26th, 2018, the United States State Department invited 80 governments, over 175 civil society representatives, and more than 100 religious leaders to participate in the first Ministerial to advance international religious freedom. 

PaRD partner Muslims for Progressive Values’s (MPV) president Ani Zonneveld and U.N. representative Omair Paul attended among the civil society representatives, and over the course of three days contributed to the Ministerial plenary and breakout sessions and engaged civil society and government representatives from across the world and political spectrum.

In addition to attending Ministerial meetings, MPV organized a side event in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the United States Institute of Peace entitled Engaging Transformative Religious Narratives for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and contributed to a panel organized by allies at Human Rights Campaign and Human Rights Watch entitled Religious Freedom in the Human Rights Framework.

To read MPV’s full report, please follow this link.  






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