Global Charters and Declarations on Religious Freedom and Human Dignity
The following represent selected charters, declarations, and other documents that promote important dimensions of religious freedom and human dignity for all people.
Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere
The Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere was issued in December 2018 by a diverse group of global human rights and religious freedom experts and scholars commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and reaffirming the importance of human dignity, its relation to freedom of religion or belief, and the important role it has played in forming, guiding, and sustaining consensus on core human rights values despite tensions in a highly pluralized world.
Read the declaration: The Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere (pdf)
To learn more visit: https://www.dignityforeveryone.org/
The American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience
The American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience was issued in 2018 by a broad group of U.S. scholars from diverse political perspectives, reaffirming the centrality of religious freedom as a foundational right and “its centrality to the American Experiment,” and seeking to “rebuild a national consensus around these foundational principles of liberty.”
Read the charter: The American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience (pdf)
To learn more visit: http://www.americancharter.org/
The Potomac Declaration
The Potomac Declaration was issued by the U.S. government in July 2018 in connection with the First Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, reflecting the views of the U.S. government “on the importance of promoting religious freedom, a universal human right, as a means to ensuring greater peace and stability within and among nations.” It was accompanied by the Potomac Plan of Action, “a framework proposed by the United States government for activities that the international community can draw from to promote religious freedom and respond to abuses and violations of religious freedom or instances of persecution on account of religion, belief, or non-belief.”
Read the declaration: The Potomac Declaration (pdf)
To learn more visit: https://www.state.gov/potomac-declaration/
The Beirut Declaration on “Faith for Rights”
The Beirut Declaration on “Faith for Rights” was issued in March 2017 by faith-based and civil society actors working in the field of human rights affirming common commitment to uphold the dignity and equal worth of all human beings. The declaration was led as an initiative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Read the declaration: Beirut Declaration on “Faith for Rights (pdf)
To learn more visit: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/FreedomReligion/Pages/FaithForRights.aspx
The Marrakesh Declaration
The Marrakesh Declaration was adopted in January 2016 by more than 250 Muslim religious leaders, heads of state and scholars in an attempt to establish a framework for “defending the rights of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries.” Drawing inspiration in particular from the Charter of Medina, the Marrakesh aims to contribute to the broader legal discourse surrounding contractual citizenship and the protection of minorities, to awaken the dynamism of Muslim societies, and to encourage the creation a broad-based movement of protecting religious minorities in Muslim lands.
Read the declaration: The Marrakesh Declaration - Executive Summary (pdf)
To learn more visit: http://www.marrakeshdeclaration.org/
The Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief
The Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief was a key part of the launch of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief. The Oslo Charter was signed in November 2014, by over 20 parliamentarians from around the world at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. The Charter represents the foundation of the network and recognizes the common goals and values of all participating parliamentarians.
Read the charter: The Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief (pdf)
To learn more visit: https://www.ippforb.com/about/oslo-charter
A Common Word Between Us and You
A Common Word Between Us and You was an open letter released in October 2007 from leaders of the Islamic religious to leaders of the Christian religion. The letter declares the importance of peace and justice between Muslims and Christians, stating that the basis for this understanding exists in the “very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbor.” The letter was initially signed by 138 Muslim scholars, clerics and intellectuals and has provided the grounding and inspiration for numerous Muslim-Christian initiatives.
Read the open letter: A Common Word Between Us and You (pdf)
To learn more visit: https://www.acommonword.com/