Free to be human:
Our first freedom, and the key to living with our deepest differences
The Global Charter of Conscience has been drafted and published by a group of followers of many faiths and none, politicians of many persuasions, academics and NGOs who are committed to a partnership on behalf of “freedom of thought, conscience and religion” for people of all faiths and none.
A growing number of academic studies and reports show that “freedom of thought, conscience
and religion” is widely neglected and threatened today. A recent Pew Forum report*, for instance,
says that three quarters of the world s population live in countries where is a high degree of
menace to their faith – sometimes through government repression, sometimes through sectarian
violence, and sometimes through the mounting culture wars that we are now seeing in Western