«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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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.