FoRBLN is a network of parliamentarians and belief leaders from 4 countries in West Africa (The Gambia and Sierra Leone) and South Asia (Bangladesh and Pakistan) who are dedicated to promoting freedom of religion or belief in their national and local communities.
FoRBLN exists to address the legislative barriers to freedom of religion or belief and the social mores that support societal hostility towards groups and individuals on account of their religion or belief.
FoRBLN is supported by an international consortium and is funded by UK aid from the UK Government.
FoRBLN takes as its starting point the principles set out in Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights (UNDHR) on the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief. These rights are commonly referred to as the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) and are a right of every human being everywhere.
The overall aim of FoRBLN is to see an increase in the number of people understanding and accessing their right to freedom of religion or belief. The network seeks ways to reduce discrimination against individuals on the grounds of their religion or belief.