Freedom of religion or belief
ODIHR is assisted in its work by the 12-member Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief, which consists of independent experts from throughout the OSCE region. Members serve in their personal capacities as experts and do not represent any organization or confession. ODIHR makes the Panel's expertise available to participating States, OSCE field operations and non-governmental organizations.
In the area of freedom of religion or belief, ODIHR undertakes a number of activities, including:
- Reviewing legislation for governments, upon request, to help them bring their legislation in line with OSCE commitments and other international standards.
- Providing expert opinions on issues related to freedom of religion or belief.
- Developing and disseminating guidance to assist participating States in strengthening implementation of OSCE commitments and other international standards on freedom of religion or belief.
- Following key developments affecting freedom of religion or belief in the OSCE area.