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International day of tolerance 16.11.2016

Published on November 16, 2016 here : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/international-day-tolerance-16112016-virginie-martins-de-nobrega/

The 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance is beautifully written.

Hereafter some extracts :

« Peace, it is not to fail, must be founded on intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind »  – Preamble

“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s culture, our forms of expression and ways of being human (…) Tolerance is harmony in difference (…) the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of a culture of war by a culture of peace” (Article 1 § 1.1)

“Tolerance is not a concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others” (Article 1.2)

“Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law” (Article 1.3)

“It means that one is free to adhere to one’s own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviours and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are” (Article 1.4)

“It is essential for international harmony that individuals, communities and nations accepts and respect the multicultural character of the human family” (Article 2.2)

“Intolerance may take the form of marginalization of vulnerable groups and their exclusion from social and political participation (…)” (Article 2.4)

“Education for tolerance should be considered an urgent imperative” (Article 4.2)

Education “should promote understanding, tolerance (…)” (Article 26).

Virginie MARTINS de NOBREGA

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