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RELIGIOUS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS PROMOTE DEBATE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF FUNDAMENTALIST AGENDAS ON THE LIVES OF WOMEN, ORIGINAL PEOPLES AND TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES

 

An online event “Religious Intolerance in Brazil: Human Rights – New Fundamentalisms – Exclusion” was held on 17 March.  The activity occurred in parallel with 46th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and aimed to analyse and debate the impact of fundamentalist agendas on the lives of women, original peoples and traditional communities.

Religious and human rights organizations, including CESE, proposed this activity, which also aimed to listen to UN specialists on religious freedom and hear about international references applicable to issues of religious intolerance, and practical pathways to overcome this.

The organizers sought to identify connections between the different fundamentalisms in order to coordinate and train strategic alliances between different groups and movements.  It is understood that fundamentalisms result from strategies that threaten and seek to control democracies, directly affecting the defence and amplification of human, economic, social, environmental and cultural rights.  Fundamentalisms challenge the responses developed by human rights organizations and reduce the arena for the participation of organized civil society.

You can access the event via the following link (in Portuguese): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jUEWKofl3k

Proposing organizations:

  • Indigenous Missionary Council – Conselho Indigenista Missionário – CIMI
  • National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil – Conselho Nacional de Igrejas Cristãs do Brasil – CONIC
  • Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring – Articulação para o Monitoramento dos Direitos Humanos no Brasil – AMDH
  • National Human Rights Movement – Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos – MNDH
  • Black Coalition for Rights – Coalizão Negra por Direitos
  • ACT Ecumenical Forum Brazil – Fórum Ecumênico ACT Brasil – FE ACT Brasil
  • ACT Alliance
  • Brazilian Institute for Social and Economic Analysis – Instituto Brasileiro de Análises Sociais e Econômicas – IBASE
  • Lutheran Foundation of Diakonia – Fundação Luterana de Diaconia – FLD
  • Inter-Franciscan Service for Justice, Peace and Ecology – Serviço Inter-Franciscano de Justiça, Paz e Ecologia – SINFRAJUPE
  • Ecumenical Coordination of Service – Coordenadoria Ecumênica de Serviço – CESE
  • Process of International Networking and Dialogue – Processo de Articulação e Diálogo Internacional – PAD
  • KOINONIA Ecumencial Presence and Service – KOINONIA Presença Ecumênica e Serviço
  • Latin American Network for Churches and Mining – Red Latinoamericana Iglesias y Minería – IyM
  • DIACONIA
  • Misereor