Freedom of Religion or Belief: Thematic Reports of the UN Special Rapporteur (Heiner Bielefeldt), 2010–2016
Thomas Schirrmacher, ed.
International Institute for Religious Freedom
Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft (Culture and Science Publ.) 2016
Since assuming his position as United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt devoted each of his reports to a major topic, all of which are reprinted in this volume in full. He addresses important topics which are often bypassed due to their complexity or emotionality, addressing themes such as conversion or religious minorities. He also discusses supposed conflicts between different human rights, such as FORB and non-discrimination. He is convinced that human rights should never be understood as opposed to each other since ultimately the many rights go hand in hand. The topics he addresses are relevant for the whole range of institutions of society in their relation to FORB, including the state, schools, employers, and organized religion.
Heiner Bielefeldt studied Catholic theology, philosophy and history and earned a doctorate in philosophy. After holding various positions at different universities, from 2003 to 2009 he served as Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, which monitors the human rights situation within Germany on behalf of the German government. Since 2009 he is Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Policy at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Bavaria. In 2010, he was additionally appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. In 2013 he was reappointed. (His term of office concluded in October 2016.)