International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations

Religious Freedom
and Equal Treatment

Across the globe INCLO members work to advance the right to equal treatment for groups that have long been oppressed, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, women as well as racial and religious minorities. At the same time, our members uphold the freedom of religion and conscience as a fundamental human right to be valued, defended, and protected.

As a network we aim to bring our commitment to both equality and religious freedom, and to inform the cases where the two sets of rights may be in tension. We have developed a principled, reconciling approach reflecting our understanding that the fundamental right to freedom of religion does not give any person the right to impose their views on others, including by discriminating against or otherwise harming them.

Our goals are:

  1. To advance equality and religious liberty.
  2. To provide a framework for addressing the tensions between the two set of rights.

Reports:

  1. Drawing the Line: Tackling Tensions between Religious Freedom and Equality

    In this report INCLO members provide a framework that includes the understanding that religious freedom means the right to our beliefs, a right that is fundamental and must be vigorously defended; however, religious freedom does not give us the right to impose our views on others, including by discriminating against or otherwise harming them.

Advocacy:

  1. INCLO statement on Women’s Rights to Equality and Access to Reproductive Healthcare including Abortion

  2. Global Developments in Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment

    INCLO’s members distribute this international newsletter, highlighting cases that reveal the tensions between the two rights and identifying worrying trends that require serious consideration.