Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy – Geneva, 8-9 March 2010

International Law and Religion Center Director and member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Religion or Belief W. Cole Durham, Jr. participated in a panel discussion during the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy, held 8-9 March 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by an international coalition of human rights NGOs, the Summit was designed to coincide with annual meetings of the United Nations Human Rights Council and was structured “to offer dissidents and human rights activists from around the world a global platform and forum to share their personal struggles, their fight for freedom and equality, and their vision for how to bring change.”

Professor Durham addressed the subject of defamation of religions on the panel “Freedom of Religion: Key Battlegrounds,” chaired by Guy Mettan, Director of the Swiss Press Club and President of the Geneva Parliament. Other participants on the panel were Pierre Fournel, Director of LICRA (International League against Racism and Antisemitism), and Renata Arianingtyas, Program Officer for Pluralism, Tifa Foundation, Indonesia.

Please click Conference Presentations below to view the full program, including video recordings of the Summit. (Note that Professor Durham’s presentation begins in the middle of Part 1 of his panel’s recordings, continues through Part 2, and concludes at the beginning of Part 3.)