During the recent Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe in Warsaw, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released a new publication known as Freedom of Religion or Belief and Security: Policy Guidance.
This publication is meant as a tool for those who advocate for freedom of religion or belief, and fully clarifies how security and freedom of religion are intertwined and do not oppose one other.
It also contains guiding principles, practical guidance and recommendations to ensure a human rights-based, gender-sensitive approach to freedom of religion or belief and security for policymakers and security practitioners, civil society organisations, religious or belief communities, and the media.
“This policy guidance seeks to contribute to the much-needed reframing of the discourse on freedom of religion or belief and security in the OSCE region and to inform practice in this area,” said Kishan Manocha, ODIHR Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief. “It offers practical guidance to help OSCE participating States ensure their security measures are in line with their international obligations and commitments in this area.”