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27 March 2015. Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Education System, sponsored by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative and Ankara University Human Rights Centre, Venue: Ankara University Faculty of Political Science Mülkiye Şeref Salonu. Flyer [in Turkish].

14-16 May 2015. Conference "Challenges and Opportunities: Religious Freedom Development in the Sphere of Law" (May 14-16 in Yerevan, Armenia).

26 July - 9 August 2015. Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life.

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Report from Cole Durham at the European Parliament

On February 4, 2015, the European Parliamentary Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance hosted, at the European Parliament in Brussels, a launch event for the newly published ODIHR/Venice Commission Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities.

The event was chaired by MEP Dennis de Jong, Co-President of the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance of the EU Parliament, and featured introductory remarks by Snježana Bokulić, Head of the Human Rights Department, OSCE/ODIHR; a presentation of the Guidelines by Finola Flanagan, Former Member of the European Commission for Democracy Through Law (The Venice Commission) and Engy Abdelkader, Member of the OSCE/ODIHR Advisory Panel on Freedom of Religion or Belief; and comments by John Kinahan, of Forum 18.  After formal presentations... more

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The Conference Developing a multilateral approach to freedom of religion or belief: a European perspective will be held 9-11 February 2015 at Wiston House, Wilton Park. Wilton Park is an international forum for strategic discussion located in Sussex, United Kingdom. The Wilton Park conference is part of a larger project of transatlantic policy dialogue funded by the British Council/Luce Foundation Bridging Voices programme entitled ‘Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and Foreign Policy: A transatlantic dialogue for a multilateral approach to religious freedom’. The first leg of will focus on the emerging European approach and the U.S./European divide, but will also starting opening up the discussion over the policy prospects of a joint... more

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