Religious Freedom: Rising Threats to a Fundamental Human Right

Today, 77 percent of the world’s population lives in religiously repressive countries, and governmental and social restrictions on religion continue to rise. This conference examined the severe and growing challenges facing minority religions around the world and gave special attention to how religious persecution affects women and girls. A central question was whether and how U.S. international religious freedom policy can improve conditions for religious minorities abroad and the societies in which they live.


9:30-10:00 a.m. | Welcome
Michael Kessler and Thomas Farr

10:00-11:30 a.m. | Conversation
Ken Starr, Congressman Keith Ellison, and Katrina Lantos Swett

12:00-1:30 p.m. | Panel 1: Rising Global Restrictions and Social Hostilities on Religious Freedom
Richard Foltin, Engy Abdelkader, Rabbi Andrew Baker, Thomas Farr, and Brian Grim

1:45-3:15 p.m. | Panel 2: Religious Freedom and Women’s Rights
Claudia Winkler, Helen AlvareElizabeth CassidyAisha Rahman, and Jacqueline Rivers

3:30-4:00 p.m. | Keynote: Frank Wolf

4:00-4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks
Mark Schickman and Timothy Samuel Shah

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