Fiona Bruce MP outlines plans for the UK-hosted 2-day ministerial convention and explains the position of the Worldwide Spiritual Freedom or Perception Alliance.
Greetings from the UK Parliament. I’m delighted to be talking to you because the Prime Minister’s Particular Envoy for Freedom of Faith or Perception. And I’m equally delighted to have the ability to discuss to you about a global ministerial convention which the UK is internet hosting on 5 and 6 July this yr. It’s a convention about freedom of faith or perception or ‘FoRB’ for brief.
Why is that this convention so necessary? Effectively, it’s necessary as a result of all around the globe at present, even within the twenty first century, thousands and thousands of persons are being disadvantaged an schooling or a job or a house or entry to justice or liberty, even to life itself, merely on account of what they imagine. And so we’re internet hosting this convention right here within the UK in order that we are able to convey collectively individuals from around the globe to take a look at how we are able to deal with this example.
We’re inviting authorities ministers. We’re inviting religion leaders and representatives. We’re inviting civil society activists from round 50 international locations from throughout the globe to come back collectively and never solely to debate the difficulty of freedom of faith or perception, but in addition to take a look at how we are able to agree some sensible options to deal with it.
And I’m happy to say, too, that we’ve not simply obtained an official government-organised convention with about 500 delegates and shall be primarily based within the Queen Elizabeth Convention Centre within the QEII in Parliament Sq., however we’re additionally involving civil society grassroots organisations, charities and NGOs involved about freedom of faith or perception, they usually’ll be given their very own house within the convention centre the place they’ll be capable of host exhibitions and maintain their very own conferences and classes.
And so what is going to the convention contain? Effectively, we’ve obtained classes throughout the two days , for instance, freedom of faith and perception and schooling. How can we introduce it into schooling syllabi? In order that younger individuals can start to know what freedom of faith or perception is and the way necessary it’s? We’ve seen how, for instance, they’ve obtained maintain of the significance of local weather change and addressing that. Can we try this in the identical means for freedom of faith or perception to assist the thousands and thousands of individuals around the globe who’re struggling. Can we see younger ambassadors develop in order that younger individuals will use social media to champion freedom of faith or perception?
After which we’ll have one other session on ladies and women and the way they’ve a double jeopardy. Usually they they’re abused as a result of they’re ladies and women, but in addition on account of what their beliefs are, they usually’re weak. How can we higher assist them in international locations the place that is occurring?
After which we’re going to take a look at early warning indicators. There are early warning indicators that occur typically when that’s the start of stress in communities due to variations in views and beliefs, which may then result in friction, violence, even at worst case. Effectively, how can international locations how can communities begin to recognise these early warning indicators and deal with them? And naturally, we’re bringing individuals right here from internationally as a result of we recognise that nobody nation, not least the UK, has all of the solutions.
Solely by working collectively, by collaborating will we be capable of start to begin to clear up this this rising difficulty. We’re not simply governments working collectively both, however governments working with civil society with organisations going ahead, taking ahead some actually sensible options, which we hope shall be introduced out throughout these 2 days, and which we are able to then construct on over the months, weeks, years to come back.
And along with the official 2-day convention there’s lots else happening right here within the UK round 5 and 6 July, in order that anybody who’s not invited to the convention will nonetheless be capable of take part. We’ve obtained dozens and dozens of occasions specializing in freedom of faith or perception organised by charities, by non-government organisations (NGOs), by civil society activists, not simply in London, however across the nation.
And to the ministerial convention itself shall be livestreamed in order that anybody from anyplace on the planet will be capable of take part and watch and can truly be capable of work together, as a result of that shall be a chance not only for delegates within the convention centre to work together with the classes and make their contributions and their options recognized, but in addition for individuals to remark just about from proper around the globe.
So do be part of us on 5 and 6 July right here in London, the plenty of data on the web site and by much more data approaching over the subsequent few days. And I’m significantly delighted that the UK is internet hosting this convention this yr in 2022 as a result of this yr to the UK is the Chair of the Worldwide Spiritual Freedom or Perception Alliance.
What’s that Alliance, it’s possible you’ll ask? Effectively, it’s an alliance of nations dedicated to selling and defending freedom of faith or perception and to stopping its abuses, to working collectively to take action. It was based not way back, in February 2020 with only a handful of nations. It’s now grown to 36 international locations and extra are approaching board.
And I’m happy that the ministerial is proving a springboard for extra curiosity within the Alliance daily. And so we hope to see the Alliance develop in order that they’ll actually shall be a robust collective international voice of nations who collectively can have extra impression than our particular person voices alone.
So I’m wanting ahead to greeting lots of my Alliance contacts from around the globe who updated due to the pandemic I’ve solely ever met just about. This shall be an thrilling convention. It’s thrilling for everybody and there’ll be one thing for everybody. Please do be part of us on 5 and 6 of July right here in London.”