David Anderson, MP & Garnett Genuis, MP to host 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom


Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom; and Deputy Critic Garnett Genuis, Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, will be hosting the 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom on the evening of April 3, 2017.

For the first time, this year’s Parliamentary Forum will focus exclusively on the past, present and future of religious freedom in China. Entitled, “Religious Freedom in China: Stories and Perspectives,” the evening will feature a keynote address Miss Anastasia Lin – an award-winning actress, reigning Miss World Canada and human rights advocate. The panel discussion to follow will feature academic contributions by Dr. Andrew Bennett – Senior Research Fellow with the Religious Freedom Research Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University; and Mr. David Mulroney – President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of St. Michael’s College.

The Forum will also feature a panel of representatives from several of China’s religious or ethnic minority groups, including Tibetan Canadians, Falun Dafa practitioners, and Uyghur Muslims. MP Garnett Genuis will provide background on the perspective of China’s Christians.

“Five previous Parliamentary Forums have brought together academics, social critics, faith leaders and community leaders to discuss the pertinent religious freedom issues of our time,” said Anderson. “I’m very pleased that this year’s focus will be on religious freedom in China. First-hand, as well as academic accounts from prominent voices will help develop an understanding of China’s approach to freedom of religion or belief in the past, present, and future.”

For more information or to add your name to the invitation mailing list for the next Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom, please notify contact@religiousfreedomforum.ca.

The 6th Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom will be held at Room 200, Sir John A. Macdonald Building (144 Wellington St.) at 6:30pm on April 3, 2017

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