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International Religious Freedom Advocacy


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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Overview of International Religious Freedom Advocacy
  • Chapter 2: United Nations
  • Chapter 3: European Union
  • Chapter 4: Council of Europe
  • Chapter 5: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Chapter 6: Organization of American States
  • Chapter 7: African Union
  • Chapter 8: U.S. Bodies and Institutions
  • Chapter 9: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Chapter 10: Case Study 1 - Turkmenistan
  • Chapter 11: Case Study 2 - Vietnam
  • Chapter 12: Conclusion
  • Appendix I: Acronyms
  • Appendix II: Communication form for the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Appendix III: Communication form for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Appendix IV: Communications form for the UN Human Rights Committee under the First Optional Protocol
  • Appendix V: Contact information for NGOs
  • Appendix VI: Ratification of Human Rights Treaties
  • Appendix VII: Turkmenistan case study supporting documents
  • Appendix VIII: Vietnam case study supporting documents

About the Author

H. Knox Thames is Director of Policy and Research at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Previously he was Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, serving as the lead officer for religious freedom issues at the United Nations. In 2007 he received the International Religious Freedom Award from the International Religious Liberty Association. Chris Seiple is President of the Institute for Global Engagement and the founder of the Council on Faith & International Affairs. Amy Rowe served as Director of Country Programs at the Institute for Global Engagement until September 2007, where she helped convene the Institute's international dialogues on religion, security, and rule of law in Europe and Asia.


"This work of practical scholarship for policymakers and advocates is certain to become a standard in the field and classroom." --Madeline Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

"An indispensable resource for anyone interested in international religious freedom: scholars, activists, journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens." --Thomas F. Farr, Senior Fellow, Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Former Director, U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom

"Here are the essential documents and information for effectively defending religious freedom. Colleagues around the world, get this book." --John Graz, Secretary General, International Religious Liberty Association

"There is no better book at explaining the intricate web of international laws and institutions involved in safeguarding religious freedom." --Paul R. Williams, Rebecca Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations, American University

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