Participants in this year's Emerging International Leaders programme will be meeting at Cumberland Lodge for the second of three residential retreats this year, to explore 'Freedom of Religion or Belief in Action'; With a focus on non-religious beliefs, blasphemy and apostasy. Delegates will also present a project they have developed to a panel of experts.

The retreat will end with a graduation ceremony to mark the completion of this year's programme.

Guest speakers

Confirmed speakers for this retreat include:

Sharon Booth - Founder & Director, Solutions Not Sides

Andrew Copson - President, Humanists International

Maryam Namazie - writer, campaigner and political activist

Dr Kitty O’Lone - Researcher & Public Education Officer, Woolf Institute

Aliyah Saleem - Founder, Faith to Faithless

Dr Valerie van Molukum - Research Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

And more...

During their stay at Cumberland Lodge, participants will also have the opportunity to visit a local place of worship.

Equipping future leaders

Now in its fourth year, our prestigious Emerging International Leaders Programme is designed to equip future leaders and opinion formers with the skills and insight necessary to drive debate, influence policy and build a powerful global network in support of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

The 2019-20 programme, as a whole, will be addressing:

  • Why is freedom of religion or belief important?
  • How does freedom of religion or belief intersect with other freedoms?
  • What are the successes/failings of existing national and international policies on freedom of religion or belief?
  • How can existing human rights frameworks be supplemented, supported and implemented?

It will involve multi-disciplinary discussions with academics, advocates, policy-makers and activists, and an analysis of practical responses to violations of freedom of religion or belief around the world.

Together with your fellow participants from universities across the UK, you will be exploring topics such as:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The role and position of religion in the public square
  • Religious literacy and inter-faith dialogue
  • The importance of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the contemporary, global context.


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Dates and times

From: 3 Apr 2020 - 4:00pm
To: 5 Apr 2020 - 4:00pm
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