Your Voice Matters
History shows that religious liberty flourishes only when there is broad public commitment to freedom as an ideal and as a right.
It took centuries for society to recognize that religious freedom is a fundamental freedom and a basic human right. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written and adopted by acclamation by the United Nations in 1948, after the tragedy of World War II. Article 18 gives one of the best definitions of religious freedom we have ever had. It states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
The 1981 Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief set out in clear terms the expectations required of signatories and amplified the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The International Religious Liberty Association is committed to promulgating the principles enshrined in these documents. Attention must go beyond mere assent to the declaratory principles, and must seek to change attitudes and opinions in all parts of the world.
Only as public opinion also supports the fundamental rights and actions enshrined in these documents will they have a real impact on the elimination of intolerance and discrimination that so often blight the experience of many around the globe.
We invite you to partner with the IRLA in raising awareness of the pivotal role religious liberty plays in building a just, strong, and peaceful society.
Included below are links to our annual journal, Fides et Libertas, as well as to the full text of the United Nations human rights documents and to several websites we hope you will find useful.
What Can I Do?
Posted February 20, 2016
You don't need a law degree or a seat in your country's legislature in order to be a voice for religious freedom. Anyone, anywhere, can become an advocate for religious freedom, and join thousands of others around the globe who are working for an end to religious repression and persecution.
Fides et Libertas
Posted August 25, 2009
We invite you to browse the archives of the IRLA's scholarly journal. Each year, this publication includes articles by members of the IRLA's distinguished Board of Experts and other academics and activists.
Posted August 12, 2009
Through the years, the IRLA's Board of Experts has released various consensus statements on key issues of concern in the field of religious liberty and human rights.
Posted October 11, 2010
These short videos provide some background information about the work of the IRLA.
Links to Additional Resources
Posted April 22, 2009
There is a wealth of online resources for anyone who wants to stay up to date about current issues in the field of religious freedom. Here are just a few organizations that work to promote the ideal of freedom of religion or belief.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Posted March 15, 2016
On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."