Australia is not among a group of countries that have formed an alliance to reduce religious persecution around the world.
The Religion News Service reports, the International Religious Freedom Alliance was announced by the US State Department last week, which said 27 countries have joined the group.
Besides the United States, the other founding countries of the alliance include Greece, Israel, Poland, and the United Kingdom, but not Australia.
The State Department issued a list of principles for the alliance that include a commitment to the right to hold any faith or belief – or none at all – and the freedom to change faith.
The new organisation’s priorities include challenging blasphemy laws and the denial of registration to nonreligious and religious groups, and advocating for people who are persecuted because of their religion or beliefs.