Interim Report on the Freedom of Thought

On 19th October 2021, Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, presented his thematic report on the topic of freedom of thought to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Issues) of the United Nations General Assembly. A recording of the session is available from the Committee’s video archives and summary of the meeting coverage is available here.

In report the Special Rapporteur examines potential violations of freedom of thought across seven diverse fields including: surveillance; existing and emerging technologies; mental health and education. The report also includes key recommendations on how to respect, protect and fulfil freedom of thought. The full report is available here.