OSCE seminar in Turkmenistan promotes freedom of religion and belief
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 18
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Religious literacy, society and security were discussed at an OSCE-organized seminar for some 20 legislators, law-enforcement officials and researchers that concluded in Ashgabat.
The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat organized the three-day event to facilitate the exchange of best practices in implementing international standards on freedom of religion and belief, and raising public awareness in the area of religious freedom.
International experts presented experiences of other OSCE participating States in promoting religious freedom and discussed with participants the social and political benefits of religious literacy in relation to the freedom of religion and belief.
“In the age of globalization, which enhances interaction between different cultures and faiths, it is essential to educate the public about other religions and promote understanding of the important role of religious freedom,” said Adam Walendzik, project coordinator at the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.
The seminar also featured an overview of the Centre’s previous activities addressing religious freedom and highlighted links between international standards, education, religious literacy, society, and security.
“Today’s seminar was organized to summarize the results of the Centre’s activities in this area, and it is our belief that it will contribute to the strengthened co-operation between the OSCE Centre and the government of Turkmenistan in enhancing implementation of international standards on the freedom of religion and belief,” added Walendzik.