Religious Freedom

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Religious Freedom?

According to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), “Inherent in religious freedom is the right to believe or not believe as one’s conscience leads, and live out one’s beliefs openly, peacefully, and without fear. Freedom of religion or belief is an expansive right that includes the freedoms of thought, conscience, expression, association, and assembly. While religious freedom is a core human right international law and treaty recognize and a vital element of national security, critical to ensuring a more peaceful, prosperous, and stable world.”

What is the Relationship Between Religious Freedom & Conflict?

According to USIP, “The mission of protecting religious freedom is closely allied to that of building peace. Just as the world of conflict resolution can learn from the particular abilities of, and knowledge within, religious communities, the religious freedom movement can advance its goals by borrowing from the approaches of peacebuilding.” To learn more about this relationship, click here.

Where Can I Have Conversations with Others About Religious Freedom in Conflict-Affected Contexts?

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Are There Examples of How Religious Freedom is Addressed in Conflict Settings?

For a collection of resources on religious freedom & conflict, please visit our Resource Library.

How Can I Find Collaboration Opportunities Around Religious Freedom in Conflict Settings?

For a list of organizations & groups working on religious freedom in conflict contexts, please see our Collaboration Map.