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About: About Us

About Us

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Dr. Danielle N.


President, ICCRR

Associate Professor of Africana Studies,

UNC Charlotte

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Dr. Gustavo Melo Cerqueira

Vice President, ICCRR


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Commission Goals


Raise awareness about discrimination against African and African diaspora religions

  • Hold events focused on African and African diaspora religious freedom

  • Produce and publish reports about religious racism


Promote the right and freedom to practice African and African diaspora religions through international collaboration

  • Create transnational working groups to address important barriers to African and African diaspora religious freedom

  • Partner with national and international organizations to combat religious intolerance


Develop networks of researchers, activists, lawyers, and legislators who are working to advance African and African diaspora religious freedom

Areas of Focus


Legal recognition (continued prohibition of African and African diaspora religions, court decisions declaring that Africana faiths do not meet the legal definition of “religion”)


Employment discrimination (firing, demoting, refusing to hire people because of religious affiliation or religious attire)


Harassment or defamation (including online/social media)


Physical acts of religious intolerance (destruction of places of worship, vandalism, attacks on priests and devotees)


Attempts to restrict or ban the ritual slaughter of animals/ animal sacrifice


Child Custody (interference with the custodial rights of devotees of Africana religions)


Economic discrimination (i.e.- refusal of aid, grants, or other funding to devotees of Africana religions


Police surveillance or police invasion of Africana ceremonies and places of worship


School discrimination (refusal to teach about Africana religions, harassment of student devotees, bans against Africana religious attire in schools, mandatory Christian prayers or religious instruction)

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