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Annual Day for Freedom of Religion or Belief at the UN
Nov. 30, 2005

Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, will chair the 2005 Annual Day for Freedom of Religion or Belief at the United Nations on Thursday, Dec. 1. Cherry will be overseeing the event in his capacity as president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. HNN readers are welcome to attend.

What: The Annual Day for Freedom of Religion or Belief is held each year to celebrate the 1981 adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. This year's program is titled:
"The Touchstone of Tolerance:
Freedom of Conscience as a Pathway to Peace"

The program will explore the idea that intolerance of religion or belief not only violates individual rights, but also breeds discrimination, conflict and terrorism.

When: Thursday, December 1, 2005
Reception: 1:00 1:30 pm
Presentations: 1:15-3:30 pm

Where: Second floor meeting room
Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza (44th St. & First Ave.)
New York, NY

Who: Featured speakers include:

Arjan Hamburger
Deputy Permanent UN Representative, The Netherlands

Muhammad Anshor, First Secretary, Indonesian Permanent Mission to the United Nations

Barlybai Sadykov
Counsel, Permanent Mission to the UN, Kazakhstan

Sue Nichols
International Association for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Humanist Network News is a weekly e-zine of the Institute for Humanist Studies. The Institute for Humanist Studies promotes humanism, a non-religious philosophy based on reason and compassion. IHS advances human rights, secular ethics and the separation of religion and government through advocacy, innovation and collaboration.

To read more about Cherry's role at the United Nations, see:

Appignani Bioethics Center