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Montserrat Gas re-elected to the ODIHR panel of experts on freedom of religion and beliefs
The vice-dean of the Faculty of Law and director of the Institute for Advanced Family Studies will extend her mandate until 2025 in the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Dr Montserrat Gas has been re-elected to the panel of experts on freedom of religion and beliefs at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), based in Warsaw. This second term of office will extend until May 2025.
ODIHR's work in the area of religious freedom and belief focuses on advising states, religious groups and civil society in the member countries of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE). The panel is composed of sixteen representatives from OSCE member countries who are independent experts and specialists in the field of Human Rights and Religious Freedom.
The functions of the panel include tasks such as reviewing legislation at the request of governments to bring it into line with OSCE commitments and international standards. They will also give expert opinions in the field of religious freedom and beliefs, and promote the development and implementation of OSCE commitments in this area.
Dr Gas was appointed in 2019 and for three years has carried out various advisory tasks for this international body. She has been actively involved in the working group on religious freedom and gender equality along with six other panel members, and has contributed to the drafting of various reports. Her term expired in May 2022 and she has now been re-elected by the director of the ODIHR, Matteo Mecacci, for the next three years.