First Plenary Session: Addressing Global Persecution

Panelists discuss why religious persecution is a persistent problem and the role the media has sometimes played in spreading propaganda and facilitating persecution.


Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University and Executive Director of Worlds Faiths Development Dialogue

David Briggs, Senior Advisor and Founding Executive Director, International Association of Religious Journalists

Heikki Huttunen, Very Rev. Protopresbyter of the Orthodox Church of Finland

Ewelina Ochab, Human Rights Advocate and Author of Never Again: Legal Responses to a Broken Promise in the Middle East

Lord David Alton, House of Lords of the United Kingdom

Felipe Queipo, Information Officer, Civil, Society and Advocacy Section, United Nations



Brett G. Scharffs, Director of the International Center for Law and Religious Studies