Be a #FoRBDefender

Join our global network of FoRB Defenders and support the right of all people to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief.

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.
— Article 18, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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The Right To Freedom Of Thought, Conscience, Religion Or Belief ("FoRB") Protects Everyone.

FoRB applies to all people equally, including those who hold non-theistic or atheistic beliefs, or who do not profess any religion or belief.

It protects the right to freely adopt, manifest and change any religion or belief, including the right not to believe.

FoRB safeguards respect for diversity and its free exercise directly contributes to democracy, development, peace & stability and the rule of law.

Restrictions on FoRB are a reliable indicator of other human rights violations and an early warning of violence and conflict. For this reason, FoRB is often described as the 'litmus test' for society.

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The fundamental right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is under threat. 

Laws which criminalise blasphemy and apostasy, mandate registration of religious identity and prevent conversion are restricting free religious and non-religious choice and embedding intolerance. Monitoring of religious activity and destruction of places of worship is stifling free and open religious expression. Religious leaders, people who express their religion or belief in non-conformist ways, and FoRB supporters such as journalists and lawyers are being detained, disappeared, tortured and killed with impunity.

Every day, people risk their lives standing up for what they believe. 


In 2013, the EU adopted Guidelines on FoRB which set out how it intends to advance this fundamental right in external action.

The #FoRBDefender movement has been inspired by EU-level discussions on how the Guidelines could be better implemented. To prompt official further attention and action, the movement proposes that 24 June - the Guidelines' anniversary - be designated as "EU FoRB Day".