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WEBINAR INVITATION: “Freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression”

Freedom of Belief Initiative invites you for a discussion on “Freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression" with Assoc. Prof. of Constitutional Law Tolga Şirin and OSCE/ODIHR Advisor Đermana Šeta on Thursday 11th February 2021, at 19.00 (GMT+3). Registration is required.

Date: 11 February 2021, Thursday
Time 19.00-20.30 (GMT+3)

The event will be in Turkish and English and there will be simultaneous translation from Turkish to English and English to Turkish.

Please fill in the form to register for the event till 11 February 2021, 12.00 (GMT+3).

Information and link of the Zoom meeting will be sent to registered participants before the event.

Freedom of expression and freedom of thought, conscience and religion are fundamental rights protected by international human rights conventions but sometimes considered conflicting with each other. However, these two rights are indivisible and interdependent. Therefore, it is essential to discuss these two fundamental rights together to identify the problems at the intersection of freedom of expression and freedom of religion for religious or belief communities, in the world and in Turkey, and to develop solutions compatible with human rights law.

With this aim, Assoc. Prof. Tolga Şirin from Marmara University Department of Constitutional Law will address the issues at the intersection of freedom of expression and freedom of belief and the scope and limits of these rights. Đermana Šeta, OSCE/ODIHR[1] Advisor on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims, will discuss how Muslims and other religious communities are affected by hate speech, hate crimes and discriminatory practices and how to tackle these problems.

For further questions, please contact us at

[1] Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights