Joint Press Statement: Whose values? Upholding the rule of law and universal human rights for all and at any time

Whose values? Upholding the rule of law and universal human rights for all and at any time

Brussels, 12th May 2016. All people are entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without distinction based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. On 24th May, the General Affairs Council of the European Union will discuss integration of migrants in a rule of law dialogue and our organisations want to recall the spirit of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

More than 300 secondary school teachers across Belgium attend our cultural and religious diversity courses

Overcoming Antisemitism / Overcoming Islamophobia

Between November 2015 and March 2016, CEJI has given more than 20 training courses on various topics such as 'Understanding and managing cultural diversity in my class and my professional practice', 'Better understanding Judaism and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism' and 'Understanding Islam and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia'. These training courses have so far taken place in Hainault, Namur, Liege, Luxembourg province and Brussels. The final training course of our six month journey across Belgium took place towards the end of March at the Athénée Royal d'Ixelles, closing a cycle that brought together more than 300 secondary school teachers since we began back in November 2015.

Lifting our voices: reconciling religion, gender and sexual orientation

Robin Sclafani, Director of CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe and Vice Chair of the European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB). Like so many people who are committed to LGBTI rights and to freedom of religion, it is painful to experience the opposition or hostility which can sometimes be expressed between groups that advocate exclusively for one or the other freedom. Inclusive societies must include all our diversities, and human rights for one group cannot be at the expense of another group. It is only within this all-encompassing paradigm that we will ever achieve true equality for all...