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Human rights project ‘should not neglect freedom of religion’

The international human rights project has neglected freedom of religion [1], according to a leading religious freedom advocate.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International has submitted a public comment to the US Commission on Unalienable Rights about the struggles facing human rights law around the globe.

Elyssa Koren, Director of UN Advocacy for ADF International, said that nobody should be persecuted because of their faith.

“Freedom of religion or belief, as recognised in the Report of the Commission on Unalienable rights, is indispensable for the integral development of the human person and the flourishing of society as a whole”.

She added: “We welcome the approach to revitalise the international human rights project that the Commission has set out in its recent report – guided by consensus but respecting national sovereignty. While we must prevent political or ideological preferences from dominating the discourse on human rights it is vital that international engagement and discussion on this topic remains”.