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In many circles, the words “religion” and “human rights” are seen as opposing concepts. For many activists working on women’s rights, LGBT concerns, and more, organized faith communities and their leaders are invariably a big part of the the problem, and only rarely, if ever, part of the solution.This view, however, vastly underestimates existing and potential points of collaboration. In this openGlobalRights theme, we explore the possibilities across regions, faith traditions, and issues. Read on...
Current theme: Religion and human rights: What are the potential points of collaboration?
In a world where so much blood is shed for religion, Rabbis for Human Rights believes that the Jewish faith must be a force for human rights. A contribution from Jerusalem to the openGlobalRights debate, “Religion and Human Rights”. Español, עברית
It’s time to move past overly simplistic arguments surrounding Catholics and condoms, and make an effort to understand the real and very complex contributions of faith-based health providers across Africa. Français, العربية
Drawing on studies of Muslim aid organisations in Britain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Bangladesh, the author explores how these organisations do and don’t engage with human rights. She identifies three potential areas of contention as well as some of the strategies the organisations adopt to overcome these dilemmas. Français, Español, العربية
Although many human rights movements have religious underpinnings, explicitly linking religion to human rights can lead to the exclusion and persecution of minority groups. To protect the rights of those minorities, we must work to keep religion separate from human rights. A contribution from Pakistan to the openGlobalRights debate, “Religion and Human Rights”. Español, اُردُو, العربية
Despite tension between western notions of individual freedom and Muslim tenets of communal responsibility, there is much common ground to be found in the fight against oppression and discrimination. A contribution to the debate on religion and human rights. Français, Español, العربية
Many human rights activists are secular and view religion as a problem, rather than as an ally. Although religion does often pose serious challenges, it also offers the human rights movement hope for renewal, along with greater legitimacy and impact. Français, Español, العربية
Normative frameworks in the Global South are largely religious, making it difficult for the secular human rights movement to penetrate these societies. Religious groups also have a better track record in mobilizing social reform, which begs the question: should the rights movement operate more like a charismatic, evangelizing religion? Español, العربية
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