|8 January 2018OHCHR Press Conference“Faith for Rights” - a framework for mutually enriching connections between
religions and human rights|
Ibrahim Salama, Chief of UN Human Rights Treaties Branch, and Michael Wiener,
from OHCHR’s Rule of Law and Democracy Section and former assistant to the
Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, will outline the role of
the UN Human Rights Office in promoting a “Faith for Rights” framework across
the world and the concrete steps taken during 2017 to bring faith actors from
all beliefs together to articulate and implement ways how “Faith” can stand up
for “Rights” more effectively.
Salama and Wiener will explain the outcome of a major meeting in Rabat in
December 2017, attended by more than 100 States, national human rights
institutions, regional organizations, religious authorities and faith-based
civil society actors.
Among the issues discussed were: deradicalisation; defining faith-based actors’
roles and responsibilities in the defence of human rights; and concrete
projects at the grassroots level to enhance the role of faith-based actors in
the defence of human dignity.
Salama and Wiener will also detail the next steps for the year ahead to
implement the 18 commitments on “Faith for Rights” adopted in 2017.
Ibrahim Salama, Chief of UN Human Rights Treaties Branch
Michael Wiener, from OHCHR’s Rule of Law and Democracy Section and former
assistant to the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or beliefOHCHR