Launch of the report on the seventh meeting of the Istanbul Process
4.00PM - 5.15PM CEST
On 18-19 November 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with the support of the Universal Rights Group, hosted the seventh meeting of the Istanbul Process. The meeting was entitled, ‘Combatting religious intolerance: building inclusive and resilient societies, and pushing back against incitement to hatred and violence.’
This was the first meeting after a hiatus of three years and aimed to reinvigorate the Istanbul Process. This came at a pivotal time – a rise in discrimination and violence in recent years has brought into sharp relief the imperative to tackle the root causes of religious discrimination and intolerance.
The seventh meeting was one of the most inclusive and participatory meetings yet, including through the integration of a gender perspective. It sought to continue the practitioner-centric approach adopted at the sixth meeting of the Istanbul Process in Singapore, and also introduced new features such as a ‘knowledge fair’ or ‘marketplace.’ As such, The Hague meeting provided a platform for practitioners from a cross-regional group of States, as well as other relevant stakeholders, to share practical policy experiences, good practices and lessons learnt in the promotion of religious tolerance and the strengthening of national resilience.
On 9 September, the report of the seventh meeting will be launched during an online event. The report provides a brief overview of the discussions, case studies presented during the meeting, as well as key takeaways and recommendations for the further implementation of the action plan set out in Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 and GA resolution 66/167. The event will also see the launch of a new website – istanbulprocess1618.info – designed to act as a repository for information related the Istanbul Process and to provide a permanent space for States, international organisations, civil society and others to share good practices in combatting religious discrimination and intolerance.