Ján Figeľ is a former EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union
Why is religious freedom important? Because it is a measure, principle, and instrument of humanization and civilizational process. It makes every society and time more humane, more respectful, and just.
It is important because freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is an expression of human dignity belonging to each person and community, society, nation. The primary role of any power and authority is to provide peace to its people. Peace is the fruit of justice, and justice today is centered around human rights for all.
Human dignity is a foundational principle of all human rights. We have rights and duties because we are endowed with the dignity of the person.