1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites
Image: DW / DPA

Freedom of Religion

Monday, 20 June 2011, 2.00 p.m., Room Stuecklen


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.

Thomas Schirrmacher
Director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom, Germany

Somseen Chanawangsa
Lecturer and writer, Thailand

Abdullah Saeed
Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies & Director, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Australia

Skip next section Explore more
Skip next section DW's Top Story

DW's Top Story

A US F-16 fighter jet goes through a preflight inspection at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

After tanks for Ukraine, are fighter jets next in line?

Skip next section More stories from DW
Go to homepage