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Internationale Dag van de Verdraagzaamheid
jaarlijks op 16 november

Internationale Dag van de Verdraagzaamheid

Datum: donderdag 16 november 2017
Land / gebied: UNESCO
Soort: Modern
Deze dag werd in 1996 ingesteld door de Algemene Vergadering van de Verenigde Naties als vervolg het door de UNESCO uitgeroepen 'Jaar van de verdraagzaamheid' in 1995.

Hieronder volgt de vertaling van het eerste artikel uit de verklaring van de Principes van Tolerantie.

Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995.

Article 1 - Meaning of tolerance
1.1 Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.

1.2 Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.

1.3 Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.

1.4 Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one's convictions. 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, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one's views are not to be imposed on others.