The Conciencia Nacional por la Libertad Religiosa Foundation, in conjunction with other related institutions involved in the promotion and defense of religious freedom and human rights, hosted the “Inter-American Forum of Inter-Religion of Collaboration and Dialogue for Religious” at the Senate of the Mexican Republic, on the 15th of february 2019.

During this event a network of collaboration was created among leading authorities and key players in the decision-making process on subjects with regard to Religious Freedom and Humans Rights throughout the Americas.

It opened a platform for dialogs to further the goal of guaranteeing rights relevant to the respect for freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as well as to identify the social and political challenges religions face today when practicing their faith in public life.

“Interreligious Collaboration, essential piece for the respect of Fundamental Rights.”

Senators, Public Officials and Religious Leaders shared with the attending public the particular vision they have about the relationship that Religious Freedom holds within Public Policies and in all spaces of society.

The development of Human Rights for the defense of Religious Freedom was a subject of recognition when understanding its relevance with respect to other freedoms such as Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Conscience.

Mtra. Diana Álvarez Maury


Diana Álvarez Maury MS
Sub-secretary of Democratic Development, Social Inclusion, and Religious Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior. (Mexico)

“Our legal framework has been strengthened to prevent and eliminate religious intolerance present in our country, as we’re always seeking to uphold public order and rights to third parties”.

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Senator Kenia López Rabadán
Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of the Senate of Mexican Republic.

 

“By the mean of public policies implemented by the Federal Executive Power, we should aim to educate children on the basis of human rights and specifically religious tolerance as an essential element to bring back peace and justice in our society”.

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Senator Óscar Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar
Chairman of Constitution Compliance Committee of the Senate of Mexican Republic.

 

“It’s important to convey this message to other nations and strengthen this tolerance, dialog, and social harmony through our education system”.

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Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López
Chief of Episcopal Conference in Mexico.

“Religious freedom is multi-dimensional and goes beyond sectarian freedom. Its free exercise combines internal and external circumstances of the people, involving expressions at individual and collective levels, as well as private and public levels”.

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Elder Quentin L. Cook
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (USA).

“Some people may focus too much on their respective religious leaders to provide guidance before they could opine. I believe it’s essential for people like yourselves, who are intelligent and able, to take individual initiative at defending religious freedom”.

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Rev. Chrystopher Grundy
Secretary United Religions USA

“I would like to invite you to overcome the fear and barriers that is religious illiteracy; so as not to neglect others and be ready for a learning experience beyond our world view”.

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Archdeacon Filáletos Miguel Antonio Castro Herrera
Secretary of Greek Orthodox Holy Archbopopric in Mexico and Exarchate of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia, and Venezuela.

“It’s the duty of states and the governments to care for all sectors without discrimination. It’s also a right for all sectors, including the minorities, to be cared for and not being discriminated by policies generated by the state”.

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Panel: Religious Freedom Representation in Public Policies

Present during the first panel meeting were public servants relevant to religious affairs from various countries of the continent. They discussed the representation of religious freedom in public policies in their countries, broadening the panorama of attendees with regard to different proposals to futher human right of religious freedom in the agendas of public servants.

They outlined the scopes of encouraging education in moral values and ethics, human dignity and acknowledgement of conscientious objection as integral strategies so that religious freedom would be realized within three essential elements: legislative effort, civl society and religious communities.

Jorge Lee Galindo Lic
Assistant Director of General Directorate of Religious Affairs of Sub-secretariat of Interior of Mexico.

“To address the problems that exist in the country on Religious Freedom, first we must recognize that they exist; addressing it not only from the legal perspective but from the cultural side of the different uses and customs of the people “.

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María Esperanza Adrianzen Olivos PhD
Director of Inter-faith Affairs of de General Directorate of Justice and Worship of Justice Ministry of Peru.

“Religious Freedom is backed by academic freedom. That is, many international organizations have established that religious education of the children shall be what their parents decide to provide, but implementing this has been difficult”.

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Lorena Ríos Cuellar Lic
Director of Religious Affairs of Interior Ministry (Colombia).

“Keeping in mind the secularity of the state, we acknowledges the importance of cooperation from such an important sector as the churches in generating platforms and bridges for such dialogs”.

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Gregory Mitchel
President of Round Table of Religious Freedom of the US.

“As we encourage this endeavor globally, more key players around the world will get involved, in an coordinated joint effort to promote religious freedom for all”.

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Panel: Interamerican Challenges on Religious Freedom’s

During the second panel meeting we had the participation of scholars and defenders of religious freedom from the US, Mexico, and the rest of Latin America, who expounded on such topics as threats from anti-religious culture in a society, the development of new civil rights, cases of conscientious objection, and the values associated with Religious Freedom.

They discussed the dynamics of protection of Religious Freedom from the perspective of culture, values and conflict resolution through dialogue that confirm the importance of freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the everyday life.

Gary B. Doxey PhD
Regional Director for Latin America of International Center for Law and Religious Studies.

“Today, many of us want to claim new civil rights, antagonizing traditional values taught by religions, intead of respecting religious freedom as a fundamental human right”.

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Javier Saldaña Serrano PhD
Law Research Institute of National Autonomous University of Mexico. 

“The anti-religious culture shall be checked by the culture of human rights; and those who protect religious freedom should keep our eyes on the factors that seek to limit it”.

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Alberto Patiño Reyes PhD
Latin-American Consortium for Religious Freedom.

“Conscientious objection is tied to the ethnics and moral codes of established religions, since in the conscience of the objector the processes that go against it are rejected”.

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Charles Schultz PhD
President of Social Redemption Foundation

“Religious freedom is based upon love, justice, co-existence, and peace; it’s a breaker of all conflicts”.

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Event Summary

Source: Conciencia Nacional Press Room