Gerard Noodt
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Protect freedom of Religion or Belief according to Human Rights Law through research, dialogue and respectful dialogue.
Gerard Noodt, 1647-1725
In the 17th century, Noodt was a courageous renowned legal scholar with wit and imagination; as an interpreter of Roman Law he advocated Natural Law, or Personal Freedom of Conscience and the responsibility thereunto.. His work has had much influence in European thinking.
 We are a non-partisan, policy-relevant actor, stimulating research, debate, and policy development in support of the effective realization of freedom of religion or belief and matters of conscience.

subscribe fully to existing standards on freedom of religion or belief in international human rights law, as developed by the United Nations, the Council of Europe, European Union Institutions, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and other relevant international organizations.

We recognize all inherent Human Rights and believe that the Freedom of Conscience and Speech form the basis of protecting them. Without freedom of speech there is no democracy. Without freedom of consience there is neither responsibility for action, nor rule of law. Without freedom for religions and other belief groups there will be decay of morality and socio-economic welfare. The Gerard Noodt Foundation for Freedom of Religion or Belief, therefore, works with Churches, Civil Society, Cults, Activist Movements, Politicians, Governments and Inter-Governmental organizations to sharpen the debate, all within, and in full support of the rule of law.

Our approach is international, interdisciplinary and consultative, and it favors practical relevance. To achieve its aims, we lend support to active entities with aims that are compatible with this mission.


Freedom of Religion or Belief