- Freedom of Speech and Expression: This goes beyond the freedom to talk and express oneself. It includes any act of seeking, receiving and conveying information, regardless of the medium used, which obviously includes the freedom of the press.
- Freedom of Religion: The freedom of every person to worship in his own way in equality with other religions and without persecution.
- Freedom from Want: Freedom from hunger and economic desperation, as individual freedom cannot truly exist without economic security.
- Freedom from Fear: Freedom to be able to live in an environment where you neither expect arrest without trial, nor to be the object of violent protest, nor of violent suppression of protest. An environment where you are free from the fear of persecution for your beliefs or views.
The NCF proposes four initiatives to begin to tackle the continuing tensions: