«I believe that goverments, diplomats, religious leaders, academia and non-governmental organizations can effectively work together at international, regional and national levels to promote peace and security, tolerance and respect for diversity, religion or belief, and always defending the human dignity and the principle of freedom of religion for all people... Respect for differences begin with acknowledging the rights, dignity and perspectives of everyone in a thoughful manner and then by treating others as one would like to be treated.»

Dr. Liviu Olteanu Secretary General of the AIDLR

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Interview realized by Dr. Liviu OLTEANU with H.E. Dr. Ahmed SHAHEED, the Unites Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB)



Brussels, Jun 2018

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Shaheed – with a strong expertise on diplomacy, human rights and religious freedom – is the current Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Nations. He offered recently to Dr. Liviu Olteanu, the Secretary General of the AIDLR a consistent, important and exclusive interview, where underlines and advises on many contemporary issues. The interview was published recently in the book « Diplomacy and Education for Freedom of Religion, A Priority for Public Policy » (2018), and it looks to the greatest challenges for freedom of religion on the 21st Century.


Ahmed SHAHEED:

«Continuing the amazing and tireless work of the AIDLR with an eye towards deepening its efforts to combat the root causes of religious intolerance throughout the world.»

Photos and complementary documents:

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Ahmed SHAHEED and Liviu OLTEANU during the interview.

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Full Ahmed Shaheed's interview document.