The Charter of the New Alliance of Virtue: Can It Help Advance Religious Freedom on the Ground?

Learn about the Religious Freedom Institute, RFI, what we do and why we do it, through this short film. In it, we address the global crisis of religious freedom, and how we are responding to it in order to secure this fundamental right, key to the flourishing of the individual, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security.
by Kent Hill
In an article published today in The Catholic Thing, RFI co-founder and senior fellow Kent Hill examines the Charter of the New Alliance of Virtue, which was released in Abu Dhabi in December 2019. Hill spoke at the launch event. Bringing together “Jews, Christians, Muslims, representatives of other religions, and other people of goodwill,” the Charter is intended to be “a common affirmation of virtues that are essential for living in peace.”As Hill explains, RFI chose to play a role in shaping this document for two reasons. First, while in the short-term “non-binding statements of principle” may prove inconsequential, when “delivered authoritatively and at the right moment, [they] can have a long-term impact for the good…” Hill points to the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as examples.
New Prospects for Justice and Religious Freedom in Sudan
by Scott Morgan
Stunning. There is not a more apt word to describe the reaction of religious freedom advocates on the morning of February 11th.What event could yield such a reaction? This one did. It was announced that the Transitional Council in Sudan and several rebel groups had agreed to transfer all five individuals that were indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes committed during the Darfur conflict. This list includes former President Omar Al-Bashir. It was also announced that both parties agreed…
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What is Behind Austria’s Ban on Hijabs in Schools?
by Kareem P.A. McDonald 
In January, a new government was formed in Austria after months of negotiations following an inconclusive federal election in September of last year. The new government represents a coalition between the previous federal chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s center-right Austrian People’s Party and the Green Party led by Werner Kogler. As part of the coalition deal between the two parties, the government will make it illegal for children under the age of fourteen to wear religious headscarves in school.This new proposal expands upon previous restrictions

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