Austria at Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

From July 16 to 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of State organized the second major conference on the right to freedom of religion or belief (FORB) after 2018, with over 100 governments and 1.000 members of civil society and religious groups attending.

Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner delivers Austria’s statement at the Ministerial in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner delivers Austria’s statement at the Ministerial in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Waldner led the Austrian delegation with Deputy Director General for International Cultural Affairs Markus Bergmann from the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in attendance.

”In order to address new forms of antisemitism, target-group-specific measures within migrant and refugee communities remain at the centre of Austria’s integration policy.

Moreover, Austria has had a pioneering role recognising Muslims as a religious community: The Islam law was passed already in the time of the Habsburg-monarchy in 1912 and was recently updated in 2015. It defines rights and obligations for Islamic Religious Communities, e.g.pastoral care in state facilities like hospitals or prisons.

FORB also constitutes a foreign policy priority for Austria, both at the bilateral and multilateral level.”

Read Austria’s full statement here

(c) U.S. Department of State, photo by Ralph Alswang

(c) U.S. Department of State, photo by Ralph Alswang

(c) U.S. Department of State, photo by Michael Gross

(c) U.S. Department of State, photo by Michael Gross

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