International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

August 22nd has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.Today, we mark the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. We stand with all those persecuted for their religion or belief and recognise that everyone must be granted the full enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief and other human rights. We affirm that the right to freedom of religion or belief is paramount to human dignity for everyone everywhere. Mark with us. Stand with us. Affirm with us.'https://www.un.org/en/events/victimsofreligiousviolenceday/

Posted by International Center for Law and Religion Studies on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Interfaith dialogue can combat extremism

This guest post is by Farzana Mahmood, Barrister,  Executive Director, Bangladesh Manobadhikar o Poribesh Andolon. She was a member of the Inaugural Class of the ICLRS Young Scholars Fellowship on Religion and the Rule of Law, held in Oxford (2018). 

Why we need peaceful conversations between different religions
from the Dhaka Tribune – April 25, 2019

One of my Sri Lankan friends emailed yesterday: “Evil is released on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.” Three churches and two hotels have been bombed on Easter Sunday while people were worshiping in the churches. The churches in Sri Lanka mostly worked for peace and harmony in Sri Lanka.

The recent developments of religious extremism in the post-war situation have become vicious. In the context of political coups, geo-political interests, violent mindset of the organized violent groups and individuals, this has happened.”

This heinous crime committed against the particular religious community killed more than 300 people and nearly 500 were injured. This attack is not an attack only on the Christians or on the people of Sri Lanka, it is an attack on humanity. We express our solidarity with victims’ families and the people of Sri Lanka at this time of grief and sorrow.

In Bangladesh also, we have seen how Jamaat promoted the Islamic bigots and extremists like Bangla Bhai, Shaekh Abdur Rahman, and the state patronized killing of minorities in the name of Islam. Continue reading “Interfaith dialogue can combat extremism”

Challenges to Religious Liberty Today

Elizabeth Clark, Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, joined panelists Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law; Matt Sharp, Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom; and Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School to discuss challenges to religious liberty today. The program was held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA on March 27, 2019  in partnership with Interfaith Philadelphia as a part of their year-long civil dialogue series, A Year of Civil Conversations. The four panelists debated issues where religious liberty collides with anti-discrimination laws and regulations protecting LGBTQ and other minority groups. Chaired by Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center, the program was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube at this link.