The first resource of its kind, International Religious Freedom Advocacy equips activists and policymakers with an intimate knowledge of the governmental institutions, NGOs, and laws that work to safeguard religious liberties across the world. Beginning with an overview of the international legal protections, these advocacy veterans explain the intricacies of and resources available within the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe, Organization of American States, African Union, and more. They conclude with in-depth case studies of Turkmenistan and Vietnam and a host of additional helpful information.
H. Knox Thames is Director of Policy and Research at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Previously he was Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, serving as the lead officer for religious freedom issues at the United Nations. In 2007 he received the International Religious Freedom Award from the International Religious Liberty Association. Chris Seiple is President of the Institute for Global Engagement and the founder of the Council on Faith & International Affairs. Amy Rowe served as Director of Country Programs at the Institute for Global Engagement until September 2007, where she helped convene the Institute's international dialogues on religion, security, and rule of law in Europe and Asia.
Chapter 1: Overview of International Religious Freedom Advocacy Chapter 2: United Nations Chapter 3: European Union Chapter 4: Council of Europe Chapter 5: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Chapter 6: Organization of American States Chapter 7: African Union Chapter 8: U.S. Bodies and Institutions Chapter 9: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Chapter 10: Case Study 1 - Turkmenistan Chapter 11: Case Study 2 - Vietnam Chapter 12: Conclusion Appendix I: Acronyms Appendix II: Communication form for the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Appendix III: Communication form for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression Appendix IV: Communications form for the UN Human Rights Committee under the First Optional Protocol Appendix V: Contact information for NGOs Appendix VI: Ratification of Human Rights Treaties Appendix VII: Turkmenistan case study supporting documents Appendix VIII: Vietnam case study supporting documents