Grieboski Global Strategies CEO One of Three Candidates Recommended as UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Alexandria, VA – Joseph K. Grieboski, CEO of Grieboski Global Strategies, is one of three candidates recommended by the United Nations Human Rights Council Consultative Group to become United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the respect for my work and the faith the Consultative Group has demonstrated in my capacity to fulfill such an timely and important mandate,” Mr. Grieboski stated. “This is a critical time in human history for freedom of religion and belief. With rising extremism across the work, respect for freedom of religion and belief must be understood, recognized, and upheld as a fundamental and foundational element of human dignity, national security, and counter-terrorism.”

There were 10 eligible candidates for the vacancy. The Consultative Group interviewed seven shortlisted candidates and decided to recommend three candidates, including Mr. Grieboski, as best qualified to fulfill the mandate.

The Consultative Group is mandated by the Council to propose to the President of the Human Rights Council a list of candidates who possess the highest qualifications for the mandates in question and meet the general criteria and particular requirements.

On the basis of the recommendations of the Consultative Group and following broad consultations, in particular through the regional coordinators, the President of the Human Rights Council will identify an appropriate candidate for each vacancy and presents to member States and observers a list of candidates.

The appointment of the mandate holders will be completed upon the subsequent approval of the Council.