From April 3rd to 6th, the National Association of Christian Lawyers (ANAJURE/Brazil) and the Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) will hold the RLP Annual Consultation in Brasilia with the main Christian entities dealing with religious freedom worldwide. The program will have plenary sessions open to the public, as can be seen in detail in this link. The event will take place at the Quality Hotel & Suites – Brasilia-DF, with the opening session during lunch on the 3rd, followed by a formal sitting in the National Congress on the 4th and a visit to the President of the Republic, Michel Temer, to deliver religious freedom reports prepared by member entities of the RLP. The event continues at the hotel on the 5th and 6th and it is necessary to subscribe to the event’s hotsite to participate by clicking here.
The Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) is a global network of Christian organizations focused on the protection and promotion of religious freedom around the world. With members from more than 40 countries, RLP seeks to connect and work together with all its partner organizations to increase the advocacy, care and protection of people facing religious constraints.Although RLP members are Christian-inspired organizations, RLP supports and advocates religious freedom for all. In recent years, RLP has collaboratively addressed issues and challenges of religious freedom in many countries, including Afghanistan, China, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Syria, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Annually, RLP holds a Global Consultation that brings together leaders of institutions working to protect religious freedom in different parts of the globe, with the aim of stimulating and fostering collaborative partnerships between organizations. In 2017 the event will be in Brazil for the first time and ANAJURE was chosen to host the Consultation.
Among the speakers at the 2017 Consultation are Dr. Uziel Santana (National Association of Christian Lawyers – ANAJURE- and Federación Interamericana de Juristas Cristianos – FIAJC), Dr. Davi Charles Gomes (Mackenzie Presbyterian University – UPM), Pr. Cassiano Luz (Brazilian Transcultural Missions Association– AMTB), Pr. Ronaldo Lidório (World Evangelical Alliance), Deputy Leonardo Quintão (Parliamentary Coalition for Refugees and Humanitarian Aid in Brazil – FPMRAH – and International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief – IPPFoRB), Pr. Russel Stendall (Missionary in Colombia), Deputy Gerardo Amarilla (IPPFoRB), Dr. Liviu Olteanu (International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty – IADRL), Dug Bandow (Cato Institute) and Professor Janet Epp Buckingham (Trinity Western University and Laurentian Leadership Center), Mervyn Thomas (Christian Solidarity Worldwide – CSW) e Brian F. O’Connell (Religious Liberty Partnership – RLP).
In general, the agenda will be focused on analyzing the current situation of religious freedom at a global level, and reporting on the actions carried out in more than 40 countries where RLP acts in partnership.
With debates and lectures, the event will be attended by the presidents of the entities listed below, members of the RLP from several countries, such as: South Africa, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, the United States, the Netherlands, India , Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, among others:
Another highlight of the event will be the launching of ANAJURE’s book / report “OAS: Religious Freedom in the Inter-American System of Human Rights“, which addresses how ANAJURE has acted before the Court and the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in defense of religious freedom since 2015.
“The RLP’s annual consultation is considered the most important event in the world with regard to Religious Freedom. ANAJURE has participated as a member since 2013 representing Brazil and now we have the honor to host and receive the other members of the RLP for an agenda that will open its discussions to the external public for the first time. Undoubtedly, it will be a historical moment for Brazil and especially for ANAJURE. We are convinced of the preciousness of the reports to be presented and the debates that will be promoted in these four days in Brasilia. We will speak with ambassadors, ministers and also visit the President of the Republic, Michel Temer, so that this information can come to the public sphere and the government and Brazilian society can better understand the seriousness of these violations suffered by religious minorities, especially Christians around the world.” said the president of ANAJURE, Uziel Santana.
Brian O’Connell, president of RLP, said: “The annual consultation of Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) brings key Christian leaders focused on international religious freedom and belief. Our ambition is to be a platform — a creative space — where all who are invloved in religious liberty can explore ways to work better together. The RLP consultation is designed to be both a conference where important information is shared, as well as a working event where we consult with each other. The uniqueness lies in the RLP’s ability to convene leaders from academic instututions, organizations, denominations, churches, and governments. After highly successful events in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America, this is the first RLP Consultation ever held in Latin America. We are honored to be hosted by ANAJURE for this event, also being done in cooperation with COMIBM and AMTB”.