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FoRB-related trends: Looking back over 2022 and forward into 2023
This event aims to explore the positive and negative impacts of factors such as legislative/policy changes and general human rights trends across the OSCE region. This online webinar brings together experts from international institutions, academia and civil society to discuss the emerging trends and events that have been affecting how people across the OSCE area exercise their freedom of religion or belief. No human right is exercised in a vacuum and the OSCE area has seen many recent developments; from the expansion of new technologies to political, social, economic and legislative changes. As another year draws to a close, and a new year is about to begin, panellists will engage in some stock-taking and offer fresh insights from their perspectives.

Why is it important:
By discussing key trends affecting the exercise of the human right to freedom of religion or belief, this event aims to raise awareness and to equip policymakers and civil society stakeholders with expert insights to inform their work in this area.

Panellists will include:

Nazila Ghanea, UNSR on freedom of religion or belief
Elizabeth A. Clark, Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University
David Griffiths, A human rights strategist and advocate
Elizabeth K. Cassidy, Director of Research and Policy, USCIRF
Michael Wiener, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR

Moderator: Isabella Sargsyan, Human Rights and Justice Program Director at the Armenia-based Eurasia Partnership Foundation

Background
ODIHR is mandated to support OSCE participating States and civil society organizations in their efforts to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief.

Russian interpretation will be provided.
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