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Canada Chairs Inaugural Meeting of the International Contact Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief

June 15, 2015 - Brussels, Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Andrew Bennett, chaired today’s founding meeting of the International Contact Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, a group of countries dedicated to the promotion and protection of this essential human right.

Recognizing the widespread restrictions on freedom of religion or belief around the world, the contact group will provide a platform to facilitate cooperation and collaboration to address the important global challenge posed by rising religious persecution.

The contact group, initiated by Canada, brings together government representatives from a cross-regional group of over 20 countries to promote freedom of religion or belief around the world.

The inaugural meeting was hosted by the Ambassador of Canada to the European Union, David Plunkett.

Quotes

“I welcome the launch of the International Contact Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief. The work of this group will address the rising threat to religious freedom around the world, and promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance.”

- The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Contacts

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
343-203-7700
media@international.gc.ca
Twitter: @FreedomReligion and @CanadaFP
Facebook: Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom