The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief is centred around the Oslo Charter. All parliamentarians participating in the network must agree to the Charter’s principles to advance religious freedom for all, including the right to believe or not, change faith, and share faith with others.
In November 2014, the Oslo Charter was signed by over 20 parliamentarians from around the world at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. The Charter represents the foundation of the network and recognises the common goals and values of all participating parliamentarians. For each member, it is an expression of their commitment to advance freedom of religion or belief for all.
Whereas severe violations of freedom of religion or belief continue to occur around the world, perpetrated by both governments and non-state actors;
Whereas studies indicate an increase in restrictions on the free practice of religion or belief, with the majority of the global population living in countries where their freedom to peacefully practice their faith could be restricted;
Whereas an increasing number of governments, international institutions, and non-governmental organizations are recognizing this emerging crisis and committing resources to ensure greater respect for this fundamental freedom;
Whereas the freedom of thought, conscience and religion is a universal, established, and non-derogable human right, enshrined in international treaties at the United Nations, binding conventions of regional bodies, and domestic constitutions;