Protecting the rights of ethnic and religious minorities
16 November, 2015
Today marks the International Day for Tolerance, recognising the need for all countries to tolerate minority groups regardless of nationality, religion, language, race, sexuality or any other distinction that obscures common humanity.
Challenges within the tolerance of minority groups have been thrust into the limelight by conflicts in the Middle East, which not only feature bloody extremist persecution of minority groups and the encouragement of violence against minorities internationally. Violence against minorities along the lines of ethnicity, religion, sexuality and gender continues around the world, and here in Britain, intolerance continues to underscore discrimination and hate crimes, posing challenges for society and government.
The International Day for Tolerance provides a moment to reflect on the work being done to counter hate and support tolerance around the globe, but also the work that is yet to come.
In January 2016, we will be hosting Protecting the rights of ethnic and religious minorities: addressing contemporary global challenges. The event will bring together experts, policy makers and practitioners to address current issues around religious and ethnic diversity, and the unresolved challenges that continue to drive violence, hostility and discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities around the world with a focus towards the Middle East.
Furthermore, we are organising an event to be run next year on the civil and human rights of LGBT persons in faith communities, promoting tolerance through greater engagement between faith leaders, human rights advocates and policy makers.
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