Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom
Canada is recognized globally for its leadership on human rights issues, and takes principled positions to promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance throughout the world.
On February 19, 2013, the Government of Canada officially opened its Office of Religious Freedom, within Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. A Canada-based ambassador and a team of officials will carry out the office’s mandate, which is to:
- protect, and advocate on behalf of, religious minorities under threat;
- oppose religious hatred and intolerance; and
- promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance abroad.
In Canada’s view, freedom of religion or belief, including the ability to worship in peace and security, is a universal human right. Through the Office of Religious Freedom, Canada will continue to work with like-minded partners to speak out against egregious violations of freedom of religion, denounce violence against human-rights defenders and condemn attacks on worshippers and places of worship around the world.
For more information on the Office of Religious Freedom please contact us.
- Ambassador Bennett attends the International Holocaust Remembrance Plenary in Budapest
- Canada Chairs Inaugural Meeting of the International Contact Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief
- Ambassador Bennett Travels to Indonesia and Burma
- Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom Meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
- Ambassador Bennett at the house of the ambassaor of Hungary
- Ambassador Andrew Bennett of the office of religious freedom meets with his Armenian counterparts
- Ecumenical Patriarchate Conference
- Ambassador Bennett Visit to Ukraine to Reaffirm Canada’s Support
- Ambassador Bennett Hosts Religious Freedom Round Table
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