Hsinchu, Taiwan
May 30 - June 1, 2019

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Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum, TIRFF

Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum (TIRFF), a multi-faith gathering of religious leaders, government representatives, and NGO leaders to promote religious freedom around the world, being held in Taiwan from May 29th-June 1st, 2019. This year’s theme is “Rising to the Challenge.”

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Andrew Khoo
Andrew Khoo
Andrew Khoo

Andrew Khoo

Andrew Khoo graduated from King's College London in law and history and philosophy of religion and, after working with internally-displaced persons in northern Uganda for a year, was called to the Bar of England and Wales in November 1991 and the Bar of the High Court of Malaya in Malaysia in May 1995. He has been in active legal practice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 24 years. He is currently serving his 11th year as an elected member of Bar Council Malaysia, the regulatory and representative body for lawyers in peninsula Malaysia, and is Co-Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee. He has represented the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), the Malaysian Bar, the Council of Churches Malaysia, the Diocese of West Malaysia and the Bible Society of Malaysia in watching briefs before the Federal Court, Court of Appeal and High Court in election petitions, constituency redelineation, child custody, citizenship and freedom of religion cases.


Asiya Nasir
Asiya Nasir
Asiya Nasir

Asiya Nasir

Ms. Asiya Nasir, former parliamentarian, has served for three terms in the National Assembly of Pakistan. She was also Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology and served in various committees of National Assembly such as: Public Accounts Committee, Minorities, Rules and Procedures, Planning and Development, Defense Production, Climate Change Committee.

She was a founding member of the women parliamentary caucus. She served as the first chairperson for the “All parties group of parliamentarians for interfaith harmony and freedom of religion”.

She's known for her speeches speaking for the rights of minorities and deprived communities.

Ms. Asiya Nasir has a wide range of experience with national and international organizations with focus on promoting education and interfaith harmony, the eradication of poverty, and community development.


Atahar Kamal Musalman
Atahar Kamal Musalman
Atahar Kamal Musalman

Atahar Kamal Musalman

Hon. Atahar Kamal Musalman is the chairperson of the IPPFoRB – Nepal Chapter. He represents the people of Kapilvastu District as an elected Member to Federal Parliament of Nepal. He is one of the MPs to IPPFoRB Nepal – Chapter since 2016, and advocates for human rights issues in the Parliament. He is associated to Nepali Congress, the opposition party in the current Government, in which he serves as Central Committee Member. His accepted the role in the Parliamentary Committee for the Law, Justice and Human Rights, and represents his party to the FoRB concerns. In his district, he chairs the Lumbini Integrated Development Organization, an NGO to render the holistic services to the backward communities. Mr. Musalman is married to Devkala Subedi and father to two children.


Benedict Rogers
Benedict Rogers
Benedict Rogers

Benedict Rogers

Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist and writer specializing in Asia, particularly Burma, Indonesia, China and North Korea. He is East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organization CSW, co-founder and Deputy Chair of the UK Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, co-founder and Chair of Hong Kong Watch, a Senior Fellow of the Religious Freedom Institute and trustee of several charities. He is the author of six books, including Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads, and has recently published a major new report, Burma’s Identity Crisis: How ethno-religious nationalism has led to persecution, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. He is a regular contributor to international media, including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the National Review, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Catholic Herald and UCANews. He has an MA in China Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.


Bastiaan Belder
Bastiaan Belder
Bastiaan Belder

Bastiaan Belder

Bastiaan Belder, born on 25 October 1946 in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands, studied Contemporary History at the University of Utrecht, with specialisation in Eastern European and Chinese History.

Afterwards, he was a teacher of history at a secondary school in Rotterdam for 15 years. Belder served thereafter alsof with a Christian Daily in the Netherlands (Reformatorisch Dagblad) in Apeldoorn, where the covered Russia/the Eastern Bloc, the People’s Republic of China and the Middle East (especially Israel) for 15 years.

In 1999. he was voted a Member of the European Parliament, which he continues to today. As standing member of its Committee for Foreign Affairs, Belder wrote reports on the relations of the European Union with Russia, Iran and four times on China.

Freedom of religion is a continuing theme for him in the Committee for Foreign Affairs. Therefore Belder hosted Dr. Bob Fu from ChinaAid for seminars several times in the European Parliament. As China-rapporteur, MEP Belder is a staunch supporter of the freedom of the Republic of Taiwan and its citizens.


Bob Fu
Bob Fu
Bob Fu

Bob Fu

Rev. Bob Fu, Ph.D, was a former student leader during the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989. In 1993, he graduated with a law degree on international relations from Renmin University of China in Beijing. He was a faculty member at the Beijing Party School of the CCP from 1993-1996. He was also a house church leader in Beijing until he and his wife, Bochun “Heidi” Cai, were imprisoned in 1996. In 1997 he was exiled to the U.S. with his family due to President Clinton’s intervention. In 2002, he founded ChinaAid in Philadelphia to promote religious freedom and rule of law in China. He graduated with Ph.D. from St. John’s College at the University of Durham in the U.K in the field of religious freedom. His autobiography, God's Double Agent, was published in 2013. Bob regularly testifies and briefs policymakers and legislators on religious freedom and rule of law as well refugee issues in the free world. Bob Fu is a member of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Law and Religion Monitor journal.


Csaba Sógor
Csaba Sógor
Csaba Sógor

Csaba Sógor

Member of the European Parliament, European People’s Party (EPP)

Csaba Sógor was awarded a Bachelors in Theology in Romania before carrying out his postgraduate studies at the Universities of Zürich and Basel in 1992. He was a pastor in the Reformed Church, serving in Ciceu from 1988 to 1999.

Part of the Hungarian minority in Romania, he is a member of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania. Mr. Sógor was a Senator in Romania from 2000 to 2007. Following the 2007 elections he left the Romanian Senate and took his seat in the European Parliament. Subsequently, he was re-elected in 2009 and in 2014. In the EP, Mr. Sógor sits in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and in the Delegation for relations with Japan. He is also substitute in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and in the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

As a member of the EP’s Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages, Mr. Sógor has worked extensively for the promotion of minority rights in Europe and beyond.


David Campanale
David Campanale
David Campanale

David Campanale

David Campanale has worked in international journalism for 30 years. He is a producer and reporter with BBC World News in London, where he has covered religious liberty issues around the globe, including events in China, Syria, Myanmar, the Philippines and Ukraine. A trade union activist and rights campaigner, David has served in local government in London, been a director of a major international disaster relief and development charity and worked in Parliament. He lectures internationally on the roots in the Bible of parliamentary systems and the rule of law. And with his wife and family, he is a Mission Partner with Church Mission Society, Britain’s oldest Christian mission agency.


Agenda

May 30 (Thursday)
09:00 - 09:30 Opening greetings & Welcome by International and National VIP leaders and Co-Hosts
09:30 - 10:40 Rising to the Challenge of Increasing Global Religious Persecution
10:40 - 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30 Topic I: Religious Freedom from the Legislative Perspective
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Topic II: Persecution against Christian Community
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Topic III: Religious persecution and ethnic oppression of Tibetans & Uighurs
17:30 - 18:30 Q & A
18:30 - 20:30 Welcome Dinner
The European Union and Taiwan: Partnership Religious Freedom(Taiwan Meal)
May 31 (Friday)
09:00 - 10:30 Topic IV: The Global Context and Research on Religious Persecution
10:40 - 11:00 Tea Break
10:30 - 12:30 Topic V: The Role of Civil Society on Advancing Religious Freedom
14:00 - 15:30 Workshop: Challenges and Specific Solutions for Global Religious Persecution Areas

Workshop Groups:
1. Taiwan Statement on Uyghur Issue
2. Religious Freedom in China
3. Taiwan Religious Freedom Roundtable
4. Religious Freedom and the International Rapid Response
5. Religious Freedom and the Unrepresented People
6. Religious Freedom in Southeast Asia
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Groups Principal Report
17:00 - 17:30 The Ceremony of Taiwan Religious Freedom Roundtable formal Launch
17:30 - 18:20 Rising to the Challenge: TIRFF Concrete Initiatives
1. Taiwan statement on Persecution against Uyghur and Other Minorities in Xinjang
2. Launch of Voice of the International Religious Freedom (VoIRF) at Radio Taiwan International (RTI)
3. Initiative on Healthcare to the Victims of the Religious Persecution
4. “#NoMore” Organ Harvesting Declaration
5. An int'l Rapid Response mechanism toward victims of religious persecution
18:30 - 20:30 Closing Ceremony & Moving Forward & Taiwan Indigenous People Meal
June 1 (Saturday)
10:00 - 10:40 Departure for International Participants and Press Conference
Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT), China Aid Association, Heritage Foundation, and Taiwan Association for China Human Rights will cohost the event. Non-governmental organizations and government agencies alike, such as Freedom House and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), have all indicated that religious freedom abuses around the world continue to point to the need for a collaborative and coordinated response from the international community. With this in mind, TIRFF will provide an opportunity for collaboration between regional leaders throughout the world to promote religious freedom and related human rights. This meeting will also establish and reinforce existing networks of religious freedom advocates committed to promoting religious freedom in their respective countries and abroad, including the creation of both governmental and non-governmental mechanisms to promote and protect religious freedom and related human rights.

For more information on the TIRFF, please email info@tirff.org