«At the end of September 1914, I had been gravely injured and I was lying on the ground in misery like my companions. At daybreak, I saw the heavy silhouette of the curate moving around the area. When it came to my turn I said to him in all honesty, 'I am a stranger to your way of worship and I do not share your convinctions'. He replied: 'My child, if you have to appear before the Supreme Judge shortly, know that He will be a judge of love'. This scene is one that I will never forget.»

Rene Cassin Nobel Prize winner and the 4th President of the Honoray Committee of the AIDLR

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H.E. Jan Figel, the European Union Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and H.E. Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on FoRB, after an exchange view on religious liberty with Dr. Liviu Olteanu

March 2017

At the end of the «Panel on Freedom of Religion or Belief: Toward an Agenda for Implementation» hosted at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Secretary General, Dr. Liviu Olteanu met for the third time with Dr. Jan FIGEL, «the EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU» and with Dr. Ahmed SHAHEED, «the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief» and thanked their Excellences for their interesting and practical keynote addresses and for their important international commitment on freedom of religion or belief. He expressed his appreciation for their prominence as international defenders; they have been invited to continue the cooperation started years ago, between the EU and the AIDLR., Dr Olteanu recalled the special collaboration between the former Special Rapporteur on FoRB, Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt, and the AIDLR at the international conferences organized by the AIDLR, with the hope that this relationship would continue between the new Special Rapporteur, Dr. Shaheed, and the AIDLR.

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Photo: H.E. Dr. Jan FIGEL the EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, Dr. Liviu Olteanu, Secretary General of the AIDLR and H.E. Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, at Palais des Nations in Geneva.