This publication is designed to clarify the interrelationship between freedom of religion and security in light of the OSCE’s comprehensive framework for peace and security. It further explains the nature, status and scope of freedom of religion or belief as enshrined in OSCE commitments and international and regional standards. Finally, it provides guiding principles, practical guidance and recommendations to address a number of issues of note at the intersection of freedom of religion or belief and security in the OSCE region.

The publication is primarily addressed to policymakers tasked with developing and implementing laws, policies and strategies in the area of security in ensuring that their security provisions are in line with their commitments and international obligations pertaining to this universal human right.

See also: Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities (2014)