Ban applauds Pope Benedict’s commitment to inter-faith dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the commitment of Pope Benedict XVI to inter-faith dialogue and the promotion of peace, in reaction to the Pontiff’s decision to step down at the end of this month.

Addressing Assembly, UN expert urges States to do more to protect the right of religious conversion

A United Nations independent expert today urged the international community to consistently respect, protect and promote the human right to freedom of religion or belief in the area of conversion.

UN experts voice concern over situation of religious minorities in Iran

Two independent United Nations human rights experts have welcomed the release of a pastor in Iran who was charged with apostasy, while voicing deep concern over the arrest and detention of hundreds of Christians in recent years.

‘State religions’ risk alienating minorities, warns UN rights expert

State-sanctioned religions risk alienating minorities and discriminating against members of other faiths, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

Dialogue vital tool to foster understanding among different faiths – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the vital role of inter-religious communication to combat intolerance and discrimination and to promote understanding among people of different faiths.

Christians currently most persecuted religious group in world, Holy See tells UN

Warning that Christians currently suffer more persecution because of their faith than any other religious group, the Holy See today told the United Nations the denial of religious freedom threatened peace and security and precluded integral human development.

UN independent expert praises tolerance in Paraguay, deplores inequality

The United Nations independent expert on religious freedom today commended Paraguay for the openness and tolerance of both the Government and society, but pointed out there is “much room” for improvement in tackling the issue of inequality.

Ban issues call for religious leaders to foster dialogue between cultures

Religious leaders have a vital part to play in promoting dialogue between different cultures and societies at a time when globalization has left many people feeling discontented, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told an international gathering of leaders.

General Assembly President expresses concern at Swiss ban on minarets

The President of the General Assembly today added his voice to a chorus of United Nations concern over the weekend referendum in Switzerland which outlawed the erection of new minarets.

UN rights chief says Swiss ban on minarets ‘clearly discriminatory’

The United Nations human rights chief spoke out today against the Swiss ban on the building of new minarets, calling it a discriminatory and deeply divisive step which risks putting the county on a “collision course” with its international rights obligations.