CUỘC HỌP ĐẦU TIÊN TIỀN HỘI NGHỊ CẤP BỘ TRƯỞNG NÂNG CẤP VỀ TỰ DO TÔN GIÁO TOÀN CẦU LẦN THỨ II ĐƯỢC TỔ CHỨC TẠI WASHINGTON DC NĂM 2019.

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Secretary Pompeo will host the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington on July 16-18. The Ministerial will reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom for all and focus on concrete outcomes that produce durable, positive change. A broad range of stakeholders, including senior government representatives, international organization representatives, religious leaders, and civil society activists will convene to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for freedom of religion or belief. This year’s Ministerial seeks to further conversations from last year’s event and recent regional conferences. We expect participation of up to 1000 civil society and religious community representatives, representing every corner of the world.

Day One – Expanding the Conversation on Religious Freedom: On July 16, we will convene civil society, religious leaders and government officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges for promoting and defending religious freedom globally. Through a series of plenary sessions, participants will discuss the necessary building blocks and emerging trends in advancing religious freedom, as well as how religious freedom, international development and humanitarian aid can work together to advance mutual interests.

Day Two – Deep Dive: On July 17, we will host three separate, concurrent discussions for the attendees of Day One to unpack ideas generated during Day One. These sessions will be hosted in three different venues within and in the immediate vicinity of the Harry S. Truman Building to allow for more focused discussions and a greater number of breakout sessions. We will invite topical experts, civil society actors, religious leaders, academics and working-level government officials to discuss topics such as best practices for religious freedom advocacy; limitations in forming, registering and recognizing religious communities; challenges facing religious minorities; combatting the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Islamic behavior; and countering violent extremism; religious freedom and national security; religious freedom and economic development; cultural heritage protection for religious sites; religious minorities and humanitarian crises; international development aid and religious freedom; and mobilizing faith leaders around peace and development goals.

Day Three – Government Action: On July 18, senior government and international organization representatives will participate in plenary sessions focused on: identifying global challenges to religious freedom; developing innovative responses to persecution on the basis of religion; and sharing new commitments to protect religious freedom for all. Invitations will be extended to likeminded governments that have a demonstrated record of advancing religious freedom and are committed to promoting Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or governments that have taken significant and meaningful steps to do so. Survivors or close relatives of those who suffered persecution due to their religion or beliefs will share their stories. Government delegations will be encouraged to announce new actions and commitments they will take to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief.

From July 16-18, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will convene the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Advancing international religious freedom for all remains one of the defining challenges of the 21st century and is a top foreign policy priority of this administration. The ministerial will bring together an unprecedented number of civil society organizations, religious leaders, and high-ranking officials to better understand the challenges and devise strategies to confront intolerance, discrimination, and abuse. The ministerial will provide a platform for survivors of religious persecution from around the world to tell their stories of courage and endurance.

In advance of the Ministerial, on July 15, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will host a private tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for survivors of religious persecution. Ambassador Brownback then will deliver remarks and participate in a candle lighting ceremony in the museums Hall of Remembrance.

On July 16, senior government officials, civil society organizations, and religious leaders will discuss opportunities for greater collaboration to promote religious freedom.

On July 17, ministerial programming will include deep-dive discussions and breakout sessions with topical experts, civil society actors, religious leaders, academics, and expert-level government officials. In addition, the State Department will present its first-ever International Religious Freedom Awards to individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing and relentless commitment to promoting religious freedom for all.

On July 18, senior government and international organization representatives will develop collaborative approaches and make new commitments to promote religious freedom. That evening, participants and invited guests will gather at the National Museum of African American History and Culture to recognize the global strides made to advance international religious freedom.

For press inquiries please e-mail IRFMinisterialPress@state.gov and visit www.state.gov/religiousfreedom for event information. On Twitter, follow along with the conversation @IRF_Ambassador and using the hashtag #IRFMinisterial.

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