It is often underestimated as a fundamental human right, but freedom of religion and belief is an essential component of free, democratic societies.
Without it, a democratic state and neutral world outlook aren’t possible. But religious freedom must be supported by the religious communities themselves to be truly guaranteed in a given country. For this reason, advocates of religious freedom representing three world religions – Islam, Christianity and Buddhism – will engage in debate here.
Director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom, Germany
Lecturer and writer, Thailand
Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies & Director, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Australia