International Day for Tolerance

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, of opinion and expression, and that education should promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups”. 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948


16 November is the International Day for Tolerance. This date was chosen in 1995 by the United Nations in order to make us reflect and be aware of the need to live in peace and respect the right of others to be different even if we do not agree or approve that difference.

Today it is also a day to bring awareness and educate the public about the need for tolerance in our global society threatened by violence, discrimination, racism and exclusion of ethnic, religious and socio-economic minorities.

According to the declaration of principles on tolerance by UNESCO: “Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement”.

Throughout human history crimes and atrocities have been committed against vulnerable groups of societies. Many artists and intellectuals shocked by the acts of intolerance and violence have shown their anguish through their art and works.


What are the most notable examples you know of?

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