Cumberland Lodge Briefing for Emerging International Leaders Programme on FoRB

Published Date: 
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Authorship: 
Kat Eghdamian (Research Associate 2016/17)

Holding religious or non-religious beliefs and worldviews is a fundamental part of human nature, as is having no belief or worldview.  When the freedom to hold – or not hold – belief is absent, either through suppression or the enforced domination of a particular religion or belief-system, then this aspect of human nature is violated, which can cause personal or communal suffering and be a source of division and conflict.

FoRB is a fundamental human right and is characteristic of peaceful, stable and inclusive societies.  Yet, 76% of the world's population live in countries where FoRB is threatened.  The Emerging International Leaders Programme, taking place at Cumberland Lodge from April 2017 to April 2018, is based on the premise that intercultural and interfaith encounters, relationship building and religious literacy are effective methods of combatting intolerance and reducing prejudice.

The Cumberland Lodge Briefing, available to download in compressed pdf format above, was distributed to delegates enrolled on our Emerging International Leaders Programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) to help them prepare for the first of three weekend retreats in April 2017, which will focus on 'Understanding the Importance of FoRB'.