Stakeholders to Gather for the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit
06/04/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – The civil society-led 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit is attracting a number of significant stakeholders from across the country to highlight persecution issues and drive a global movement to expand this core human right across the world. As the United States government has begun shifting focus away from international religious freedom to other areas, civil society and other stakeholders must ensure that the progress of past years does not go by the wayside. Civil society leadership on this is critical to the survival of this movement.
Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy for International Christian Concern, expressed this point in welcoming the Summit. “During the Trump administration, unprecedented attention was given to the persecuted communities around the world. International religious freedom became a core component of the United States foreign policy apparatus and helped make this one of the defining issues of US interest,” said Perttula.
The IRF Summit will likely cover areas of persecution ranging from Chinese persecution of Christians and Uyghurs to the ongoing and growing challenges of Hindu nationalism and the impact of legal frameworks like blasphemy laws.
The cochairs of the summit, former Ambassador Brownback and Katrina Lantos Swett, expect a robust event with many meaningful outcomes. ICC is serving as one of the convening members for the summit and has actively worked with Brownback and Swett in bringing the summit together, alongside other excellent partners and leaders.
The Summit is still live for registration from all interested parties, but space is limited.
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