Creating Communion Between Religion and Human Rights

Creating Communion Between Religion and Human Rights

Presented Thursday, April 8 | 2 p.m. PST 

  • “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela

    While the UN and other international organizations have affirmed the principle of religious freedom as a human right for more than half a century, journalists and human rights groups simultaneously report on the atrocities of global persecution of minority faiths. This suggests government and private actors infringe on religious beliefs and practices around the world. Yet, religion and faith also have a strong influence on shaping human rights policies, both in the United States and abroad. With the transition to a new presidential administration, paired with President Biden's public expression of his personal Catholic faith, policy experts stand waiting to see how the Biden administration takes up the precarious issue of religion and foreign policy.

    Our virtual panel with renowned experts discussed the interplay between human rights and faith, and how Catholicism and other religions influences human rights principles.


    Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute 


    Olivia Enos, The Heritage Foundation
    Drew Christiansen, S.J., The Berkley Center at Georgetown University


    This event was presented by the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University and was co-sponsored by Catholic Studies and the History Department.

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    The views and opinions expressed by event speakers are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Global Policy Institute or Loyola Marymount University. Any statements made by speakers are their opinions and are not intended to malign any religion, group, club, organization, company, or individual.