John Kinahan works for Forum 18 (, which provides truthful, original, detailed, and accurate monitoring and analysis of violations of the freedom of thought, conscience and belief of all people - whatever their belief or non-belief. It publishes on Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia, Belarus, Russian-occupied Crimea and Donbas, and also publishes occasional analyses on Turkey. The name 'Forum 18' comes from Article 18 of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. John has worked on freedom of thought, conscience and religion issues since 1997, and was until 2013 the Irish member of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion and Belief.