International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF)

Association internationale pour la liberté religieuse
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1900-05-25 Boston MA USA


25 May 1900, Boston MA (USA), as International Council of Unitarian and other Liberal Religious Thinkers and Workers. Name changed, 1910, to International Congress of Free Christians and other Religious Liberals -- Congrès international des chrétiens libéraux et d'autres libre-croyants; reconstituted, 1930, Arnhem (Netherlands), as International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom -- Association internationale pour le christianisme libéral et la liberté religieuse. From 1950, groups from other than Christian tradition joined the Association; the exclusive reference to Christianity in the title was revised and present name adopted, 1969, Boston MA (USA).


Work for freedom of religion and belief, as a human right, through: freedom from oppressive interference or discrimination by the state, government or society's institutions on the grounds of religion or belief; mutual understanding, respect and the promotion of harmony, or at least tolerance, among communities or individuals of different religions or beliefs; accountability of religious communities to ensure that their own practices uphold the fundamental dignity and human rights of their members and others.


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General Assembly (every 4 years) at Congress. Council, consisting of President, Vice-President, Treasurer/Secretary and 17 members. Regional Coordinators: South Asia; East Asia; North America; Europe and the Middle East. Meetings open.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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