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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.
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, العربيةLatest responses: Siddharth Peter de Souza Leo Igwe Renée de la Torre Adem Kassi Abebei Simon Ssenkaayi Amafo Ofori Atiemo Pinar Tremblay José Zalaquett Shantha Rau Barriga Kechi Nomu Beatrice Lamwaka Ariadna Estévez Richard L. Wood Geraldyn Ezeakile Achieng Maureen Akena Michael Bochenek Abamfo Ofori Atiemo Daniel Philpott Jeremy Carrette Nazila Ghanea
Latest responses: Seema Guha Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ
Latest responses: Rabbi Arik Ascherman Louis Frankenthaler
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, Français
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