The South Asia Forum for Freedom of Religion or Belief (SAF -FoRB) is a platform for civil societies, religious minorities, and human rights defenders who are responding to the challenges of Freedom of Religion or Belief in South Asia as a Human Rights concerns.
Vision of the SAFFoRB “To create a peaceful, just and inclusive world where freedom of religion or belief is respected, protected, and promoted.”
– To promote solidarity and partnership among and with all marginalized sections of society in South Asia;
– To advocate freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the ICCPR and,
– To strive for peaceful, just and inclusive communities in South Asia.
The Main Objectives of SAFFORB are: 1) To conduct a regional analysis and identify the common patterns and trends related to the Freedom of Religion or Belief concern in South Asia. 2) To create safe space for the civil society groups to come together and share their experiences of denial of their right to Freedom of Religion or Belief. 3) To build a solidarity network among the civil society organisations, faith based communities and the human rights institutions to defend Freedom of Religion or Belief. 4) to explore strategies, and to build capacities, to address the concerns of FoRB in their countries and in South Asia.
At this stage, the Forum works in the following six South Asian countries; Bangaldesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.