The Conciencia Nacional por la Libertad Religiosa Foundation, in conjunction with other related institutions involved in the promotion and defense of religious freedom and human rights, hosted the “Inter-American Forum of Inter-Religion of Collaboration and Dialogue for Religious” at the Senate of the Mexican Republic, on the 15th of february 2019.
During this event a network of collaboration was created among leading authorities and key players in the decision-making process on subjects with regard to Religious Freedom and Humans Rights throughout the Americas.
It opened a platform for dialogs to further the goal of guaranteeing rights relevant to the respect for freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as well as to identify the social and political challenges religions face today when practicing their faith in public life.
Diana Álvarez Maury MS
Sub-secretary of Democratic Development, Social Inclusion, and Religious Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior. (Mexico)
“Our legal framework has been strengthened to prevent and eliminate religious intolerance present in our country, as we’re always seeking to uphold public order and rights to third parties”.
Senator Kenia López Rabadán
Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of the Senate of Mexican Republic.
“By the mean of public policies implemented by the Federal Executive Power, we should aim to educate children on the basis of human rights and specifically religious tolerance as an essential element to bring back peace and justice in our society”.
Elder Quentin L. Cook
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (USA).
“Some people may focus too much on their respective religious leaders to provide guidance before they could opine. I believe it’s essential for people like yourselves, who are intelligent and able, to take individual initiative at defending religious freedom”.
Archdeacon Filáletos Miguel Antonio Castro Herrera
Secretary of Greek Orthodox Holy Archbopopric in Mexico and Exarchate of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia, and Venezuela.
“It’s the duty of states and the governments to care for all sectors without discrimination. It’s also a right for all sectors, including the minorities, to be cared for and not being discriminated by policies generated by the state”.
Jorge Lee Galindo Lic
Assistant Director of General Directorate of Religious Affairs of Sub-secretariat of Interior of Mexico.
“To address the problems that exist in the country on Religious Freedom, first we must recognize that they exist; addressing it not only from the legal perspective but from the cultural side of the different uses and customs of the people “.
María Esperanza Adrianzen Olivos PhD
Director of Inter-faith Affairs of de General Directorate of Justice and Worship of Justice Ministry of Peru.
“Religious Freedom is backed by academic freedom. That is, many international organizations have established that religious education of the children shall be what their parents decide to provide, but implementing this has been difficult”.
Lorena Ríos Cuellar Lic
Director of Religious Affairs of Interior Ministry (Colombia).
“Keeping in mind the secularity of the state, we acknowledges the importance of cooperation from such an important sector as the churches in generating platforms and bridges for such dialogs”.
Gary B. Doxey PhD
Regional Director for Latin America of International Center for Law and Religious Studies.
“Today, many of us want to claim new civil rights, antagonizing traditional values taught by religions, intead of respecting religious freedom as a fundamental human right”.