Our Mission

The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) is committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security.

We accomplish this goal by convincing stakeholders in select regions that religious freedom can help them achieve their own goals—political, economic, strategic, and religious. RFI Action Teams have a presence on the ground in each region to build coalitions and work toward making religious freedom a priority for governments, civil society, religious communities, businesses, and the general public.

Without freedom, the individual soul cannot attain absolute Truth, which is, by Its very nature, unconditional Freedom itself.
— Abdurrahman Wahid, former President of Indonesia

Our Vision

RFI envisions a world that respects religion as an individual and social good, and that protects religious freedom as a fundamental human right, as well as an indispensable driver of democracy, social stability, civil liberty, economic prosperity, equality of women, and the defeat of violent extremism. Religious freedom encompasses the rights of individuals and communities to practice their beliefs in private and to exercise their religious convictions in public, including in civil society, economic enterprise, politics, and law.


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