The Prevention of Discriminatory Practices towards Religion | 6/6/13 | Oldenburg

On June 6th the Chairman of Open Religious Policy Forum Sven Speer presented the idea of Open Religious Policy at the Oldenburg Model United Nations Conference. Speer spoke to the Third Committee of the General Assembly, the Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Affairs Committee, which was constituted by 120 pupils from Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United States and other countries. This year’s topic was ‘The Prevention of Discriminatory Practices towards Religion’.

In the discussion following the speech the participants asked questions about how to deal with religious clothing and whether contraceptives should be provided by non-state actors against their will. About 700 pupils have taken part in the conference. More information on the conference you may find here:

Dr. Sven Speer is Founding President of the Open Religious Policy Forum (FOR) since 2011. As staff and with presentations and expert report he advises governments, members of parliament, religious congregations, and NGOs on the relation between state and religion - e.g. in Berlin, Jerusalem, Beirut, Cairo, Washington, D.C., Houston, and Salt Lake City. Speer has studied political science and history and has investigated government regulation on religion at the Cluster of Excellence 'Religion and Politics', the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies.