Recognition of religious liberty [...] (means) recognizing that adherance to a religious faith is a such a deep and interior reality, which engages the human person at such an intimate level, that no one can take his place, no one can stand it for him in this undertaking. André Thiry, Liberté religieuse et liberté chrétienne, Leuven, 1966.

The International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty

is a non-governmental organization accredited with the ECOSOC Committee of the United Nations, in New York and Geneva, and in participative statute with the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. Its goal is to disseminate ideas of tolerance, and to defend the right for anyone to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to believe or not, freedom to change one’s religion or belief, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest one’s religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.