Freedom of religion or belief
Seminar on Freedom of Religion and Belief

Vienna, 8 December 2010

ODIHR's Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department shall organize a Seminar on Freedom of Religion or Belief for representatives of the civil society, religious or belief communities, academics or journalists interested in the protection and promotion of freedom of religion or belief in the OSCE area. The seminar will take place on 8 December 2010 in Vienna.

The purpose of the event is to develop the capacities of participants to be enabled to recognize and contend with issues regarding to violations of the right to freedom of religion and belief. The seminar will offer an overview of international norms and standards on freedom of religion or belief and non-discrimination, focusing in particular on practical issues and problems arising in implementation and emerging challenges.

The seminar will be facilitated by ODIHR and members of the OSCE/ODIHR Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Information during the seminar will be presented through interactive pedagogical methods that will include working individually and in groups, case studies from different parts of the OSCE region, and problem-solving/brainstorming sessions. Participants will receive all relevant materials related to the seminar in English or in Russian.

The seminar will be conducted in English, with simultaneous translation into Russian.

The deadline for requests for participating has passed.

Key documents
Toledo guiding principles on teaching about religions and beliefs in public schools
27 November 2007
Developed in co-operation with education experts, aimed at legislators and schools, these guidelines offer guidance on preparing curricula for teaching about religions and beliefs, preferred procedures and standards for assuring fairness in the development of curricula and their implementation.
Guidelines for review of legislation pertaining to religion or belief
28 September 2004
These guidelines were prepared by the ODIHR's Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief in consultation with the Council of Europe's Venice Commission to assist them in their analyses of laws and draft legislation pertaining to the freedom of religion or belief.