On 19 October 2021, Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, presented his thematic report on the topic of freedom of thought to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Issues) of the United Nations General Assembly. Watch a recording of the session is available from the Committee’s video archives and summary of the meeting coverage.
In report the Special Rapporteur examines potential violations of freedom of thought across seven diverse fields including: surveillance; existing and emerging technologies; mental health and education. The report also includes key recommendations on how to respect, protect and fulfil freedom of thought. Read the full report.
Professor, University of Essex
Ahmed is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Global Practice at the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He directs the Religion and Equality Project and the Freedom of Religion or Belief for All in Uzbekistan Project at the Human Rights Centre. Ahmed is the director of Essex Summer School on Human Rights Research and Practice and a co-deputy director of the Human Rights Centre. He is currently the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief having previously served as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.