Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites 2016
Contact: Ed Brown, Chair
Purpose: Everyone has the fundamental human right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief. This is firmly established in international law, notably in Article 18 of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The first part of both articles states:
"Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching."
Forum 18, named after these paragraphs, expresses this fundamental right as:
The right to believe, to worship and witness
The right to change one's belief or religion
The right to join together and express one's belief
Forum 18 is a Christian web and e-mail initiative to provide original reporting and analysis on violations of the freedom of thought, conscience and belief of all people, whatever their religious affiliation, in an objective, truthful and timely manner. It mainly publishes on the former Soviet states, notably Belarus and Central Asia, but also publishes original work on states such as Serbia and Turkey. Forum 18 works for religious freedom for all on the basis of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Geographic Scope: International
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