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Finding Common Ground Through FoRB Advocacy in an Age of Polarization

November 20 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am EST

Global advocacy for freedom of religion or belief requires searching for common ground and building alliances across faiths, politics, and geographic boundaries. In an increasingly polarized world characterized by a decline in civil dialogue and accommodative politics, some recent efforts at promoting freedom of religion or belief offer an inspiring model to reverse the worrying trends. By reflecting on the experiences of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, the International Religious Freedom Roundtables and their faith-based civic partners, this panel aims to highlight some best practices in building common ground and countering intolerance and polarization. Panellists will share their insights as to the unique contributions freedom of religion or belief for all can offer for strengthening deliberative democracy and respect for diversity.

Moderator: Liv H. Kvanvig, IPPFoRB Director

Kasthuri Patto, MP Malaysia & IPPFoRB
Aykan Erdemir, Former MP, Turkey, IPPFoRB, and Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Ed Brown, Secretary-General, Stefanus Alliance,
Greg Mitchell, Co-Chair, IRF Secretariat


November 20
9:00 am - 10:30 am EST
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The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief is being virtually hosted by the Government of Poland. Official events are hosted by Poland. All side events are independently produced by the organizers of each event and are not endorsed by any government, the IRF Roundtable, or 21Wilberforce