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  • Writer's pictureStewart Yarlett

CFCF Interfaith Leadership Programme Session 4 - Faith and the Policymaking Sphere

On the 14th Feburary CFCF ran the fourth and final session of its Interfaith Leadership Programme. The topic was Faith and the Policymaking Sphere. The speaker was Kishan Manocha, Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw. From 2015-2020, Kishan was ODIHR’s Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Kishan has extensive experience in freedom of religion or belief and related human rights issues in Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Central and South Asia as an advocate, researcher, trainer and consultant to a number of international and non-governmental organisations. He holds degrees in psychology and medicine from the University of London and in law from the University of Cambridge. Kishan has worked as a psychiatrist and is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the UK. He also practised as a barrister in the areas of criminal law. He served as Director of the UK Bahá’í community’s Office of Public Affairs from 2010-14, where he was responsible for leading the community’s engagement with government, parliament and civil society and coordinating its interfaith activities. He served as Co-Chair of the Inter Faith Network of the UK between 2011 and 2013. Kishan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of the UK, a member of the Global Steering Committee of the UN Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes, and also serves on Religion for Peace’s Standing Commission on Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion and the International Religious Freedom and Belief Alliance’s Global Council of Experts. VIDEO FORTHCOMING

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