World Congress Resources

The IRLA’s 8th World Congress—the first to be held in North America—took place in Hollywood, Florida, August 22-24, 2017. It was our most internationally diverse Congress yet, with some 550 attendees and guests, coming from 65 countries and six continents. Here are some of the videos and materials that were presented at this event, which focused on Religious Freedom and the Hope for Peaceful Co-existence.


World Congress Videos

We are pleased to provide video of all plenary presentations of the IRLA 8th World Congress. Speakers include religious leaders, academics, and religious freedom advocates from around the world, each of whom provide unique insights into the challenge of defending and promoting this fundamental human right.

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A message to the attendees of the IRLA 8th World Congress from Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief


What is the purpose of the IRLA World Congress? This short video explores the history and purpose of these international events, which are held in a different location every five years.


An interview with Ambassador Robert A. Seiple, the United States' first Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Ambassador Seiple was honored at the 8th World Congress for his lifetime of contributions to freedom and peace.


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In the opening Session of the Congress, Dr. Ganoune Diop, Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association, provided an in-depth look at the Congress theme: Religious Freedom and the Hope for Peaceful Co-existence.

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PowerPoint Presentation from Carol Palmer

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PowerPoint Presentation from John Graz

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PowerPoint Presentation from Cesar Garcia

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PowerPoint Presentation from Carlos Ruz Saldivar

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