International Religious Freedom Alliance established

On 5 February, the US Secretary of State announced the formation of the International Religious Freedom Alliance, of which the United Kingdom is one of the 27 signatories. The Alliance is founded on the principle underlying the international human rights instruments that human rights are universal, interdependent and interrelated and declares itself to be “a network of likeminded countries fully committed to advancing freedom of religion or belief around the world”.

Its objects are set out in the Declaration of Principles of Action by the Alliance, as follows: Continue reading