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International Religious Freedom Advocacy
A Guide to Organizations, Law, and NGOs
By H. Knox Thames, Chris Seiple and Amy Rowe
The first resource of its kind, International Religious Freedom Advocacy equips activists and policymakers with an intimate knowledge of the governmental institutions, NGOs, and laws that work to safeguard religious liberties across the world. Beginning with an overview of the international legal protections, these advocacy veterans explain the intricacies of and resources available within the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe, Organization of American States, African Union, and more. They conclude with in-depth case studies of Turkmenistan and Vietnam and a host of additional helpful information.
Chapter 1: Overview of International Religious Freedom Advocacy
Chapter 2: United Nations
Chapter 3: European Union
Chapter 4: Council of Europe
Chapter 5: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Chapter 6: Organization of American States
Chapter 7: African Union
Chapter 8: U.S. Bodies and Institutions
Chapter 9: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Chapter 10: Case Study 1 – Turkmenistan
Chapter 11: Case Study 2 – Vietnam
Chapter 12: Conclusion
Appendix I: Acronyms
Appendix II: Communication form for the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Appendix III: Communication form for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Appendix IV: Communications form for the UN Human Rights Committee under the First Optional Protocol
Appendix V: Contact information for NGOs
Appendix VI: Ratification of Human Rights Treaties
Appendix VII: Turkmenistan case study supporting documents
Appendix VIII: Vietnam case study supporting documents
"This work of practical scholarship for policymakers and advocates is certain to become a standard in the field and classroom."
—Madeline Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
“An indispensable resource for anyone interested in international religious freedom: scholars, activists, journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens.”
—Thomas F. Farr, Senior Fellow, Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Former Director, U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom
“Here are the essential documents and information for effectively defending religious freedom. Colleagues around the world, get this book.”
—John Graz, Secretary General, International Religious Liberty Association
“There is no better book at explaining the intricate web of international laws and institutions involved in safeguarding religious freedom.”
—Paul R. Williams, Rebecca Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations, American University
H. Knox Thames (J.D., American University - Washington College of Law; M.A., American University - School of International Service) is the Director of Policy and Research at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Before joining the Commission, he was as Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, Office of International Religious Freedom, serving as the lead officer for religious freedom issues at the United Nations. Thames also served as Counsel for the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, an independent U.S. Government agency monitoring human rights in Europe and Eurasia, and led the Commission's work on religious freedom issues.
Chris Seiple (Ph.D., Tufts University) is President of the Institute for Global Engagement. He is also the founder of the Council on Faith & International Affairs and its journal of record, The Review of Faith & International Affairs. He lives in Marshall, Virginia.
Amy Rowe served as Director of Country Programs at the Institute for Global Engagement until September 2007, where she helped convene the Institute's international dialogues on religion, security, and rule of law in Europe and Asia. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.