Date: 18th May 2019
: The Tower Hotel in London, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD

What does "religious freedom" truly mean? While religious lobbyists commonly use terms like "religious freedom" to demand privileges, this conference will serve to highlight that true "religious freedom" means freedom of belief for people of all religions and none. The conference will also explore the limits of religious freedom when it impinges on other human rights, including bodily autonomy, equality and freedom of expression.

Secularist of the Year 2019

We also presented our Secularist of the Year 2019 award at the conference. Secularist of the Year is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding groups and individuals advancing secularism and related human rights. The 2019 winner was Saif ul-Malook; read more here.


Rachel Laser CEO, Americans United For Separation Of Church And State (Keynote speaker)

Nick Cohen, Journalist, author and political commentator

Dr Joyce D'Silva, Ambassador Emeritus and former Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming

Brian Earp, The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism

Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters and founding member of Women Against Fundamentalism

Yasmin Rehman, National Secular Society councillor

Izzy Posen, President of Bristol University Free Speech Society and former member of the Hasidic Jewish community

Picture credit: Ahmed Shaheed - Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Geoffrey Robertson QC, human rights barrister, Doughty Street Chambers (Presenting Secularist of the Year award)

Picture credit: Ahmed Shaheed - Foreign and Commonwealth Office