Committee: Human Rights

Question of: Religious Freedom

Submitted by: Russia

Noting with approval the United Nations’ previous work in attempting to prevent religious suppression and discrimination,

Noting further the Declaration for the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religious or Belief of 1981,

Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, specifically articles 18 and 19 which promote freedom of thought conscience and religion, and freedom of opinion and expression,

Emphasising the need for multilateral cooperation in order to resolve an issue that affects all UN member states,

  1. Deplores the lack of action taken to resolve this issue by UN member states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uzbekistan, with severe consequences if inaction continues;
  2. Requests that the UN create a new forum, entitled the UN Forum for the Prevention of Religious Intolerance which will meet on a quarterly basis and will;
    1. determine which UN member states do not uphold article 19 of the UDHR ith the aid of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief,
    2. provide a forum for the UN to establish whether these nations can resolve the issue internally, or whether they require assistance from a special UN taskforce,
    3. require that every nation present a yearly report which will discuss action taken to combat religious intolerance,
    4. report back to the Human Rights Council if action taken by the nation is not deemed sufficient,
  3. Calls for the creation of the United Nations Taskforce for the Elimination of Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion which will work with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to;
    1. investigate cases of religion-based crimes in collaboration with the national police,
    2. work with governmental bodies to eradicate religious intolerance and to promote religious freedom,
  4. Recommends an increase in funding to improve the conference program run by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief which promotes religious freedom and racial tolerance;
  5. Urges the UN to encourage non-denominational, multi-faith Religious Education in schools and colleges, and to support religious equality with promotional programs which will be run internationally.

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