Religion and human rights

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What are the potential points of collaboration?

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.

 

 

 

 

Human rights and the state: embracing and abandoning religion(s)

June 22, 2016
BY: Peter Jacob

The debate about whether a state should be religious or secular doesn’t ...

Islamic ideals of peace and justice: are we overlooking something?

June 14, 2016
BY: Hakan Altinay
العربية

Associating progressive social policies with Islam may unsettle some, ...

Mexicans expect far more from the Pope than we will ever get

April 13, 2016
BY: Ariadna Estévez
Español

The Pope’s first official visit to Mexico was all talk and no action, ...

Religion and rights in Bangladesh: maintaining a delicate balance

June 11, 2015
BY: Mubin S. Khan
বাংলা

Bangladeshi activists work around religious elements, sometimes even collaborating ...

Religion inspires in ways that international law does not

March 5, 2015
BY: Abadir M. Ibrahim
العربية

Using extreme examples to justify a purely secular human rights approach ...

Home, for Algeria’s Jews, is elsewhere

February 27, 2015
BY: Farah Souames
العربية

Intolerance towards Algerian Jews has been driven by geopolitics and history, ...

In Egypt, human rights need religion

February 23, 2015
BY: Jack Snyder
العربية

Religious progressives are vital for Egypt’s human rights; secular groups ...

Secularism can sometimes undermine women’s rights

February 20, 2015
BY: Emma Tomalin

Rights activists tend to identify secularism with women’s rights, but ...

UN strategy to combat religious intolerance - is it fit for purpose?

January 28, 2015
BY: Marc Limon, Nazila Ghanea, Hilary Power
Españolالعربية

As religious intolerance and discrimination increase, is the UN’s current ...

Women’s rights in Tunisia: promising future or religio-political game?

January 16, 2015
BY: Elsy Melkonian
Françaisالعربية

Women in Tunisia have long enjoyed rights that are very clear on paper. ...

Religious conversions in India – keeping human rights at the core

January 14, 2015
BY: Siddharth Peter De Souza
हिन्दी

Religion is not only about belief but also about its capacity for human ...

Tradition should defer to human rights, not the other way around

January 6, 2015
BY: Leo Igwe

‘Traditional African ways’ is not a monolith. It has evolved over time ...

What does the “right to life” really mean for Catholics in Mexico?

December 22, 2014
BY: Renee De La Torre
Español

It’s time for leaders in the Mexican Catholic Church to speak up where ...

Religion and human rights - partnership with a dose of pragmatism

December 18, 2014
BY: Adem Kassie Abebe
Français

Religion and human rights need not be completely divorced, or work hand-in-hand ...

Religion as a political game: rising intolerance in Indonesia

December 1, 2014
BY: Ahmad Sueady
Bahasa

Indonesia’s rising religious intolerance stems from a political pact struck ...

To end manual scavenging in India, Hindu religious leaders must speak up

November 27, 2014
BY: Seema Guha
हिन्दी

In India, Hindu religious leaders are reluctant to campaign loudly against ...

Indonesia’s growing religious intolerance

November 26, 2014
BY: Phelim Kine
Bahasa

Although Indonesia has long been seen as a religiously moderate country, ...

Filling the gap: why prayer camps in Ghana are sometimes the only option

November 17, 2014
BY: Abamfo Ofori Atiemo
Français

Human Rights Watch’s scathing critique of Ghana’s prayer camps misses ...

Does “religious freedom” include the right to convert or scam others?

October 12, 2014
BY: José Zalaquett
Español

Does freedom of religion include the right to convert others, or pressure ...

The (in)human dimension of Ghana’s prayer camps

October 10, 2014
BY: Shantha Rau Barriga
Français

Ambamfo Ofori Atiemo says that prayer camps in Ghana deserve a closer ...

Should it matter how the mass is mobilized?

October 8, 2014
BY: Kechi Nomu
Français

On the streets of Nigeria, what seems like the “voice of the people” is ...

Preaching for human rights

October 7, 2014
BY: Beatrice Lamwaka
Français

Human rights advocates must take their message to street corners, like ...

What do Muslim women want? Finding women’s rights in Islam

October 2, 2014
BY: Xaviera Medina
Español

The Koran proclaims equality between the sexes but also clearly indicates ...

Myth and reality: the Catholic Church and human rights in Latin America

September 11, 2014
BY: Ariadna Estévez
Español

While the progressive Catholic Church is on the frontline of defending ...

Pentecostal Christianity: retrogressive force or dynamic ally?

September 9, 2014
BY: Richard L. Wood
EspañolFrançais

Pentecostal Christianity is one of the fastest growing religious forces ...

For human rights, religious interpretation matters most

August 27, 2014
BY: Iyad Barghouthi
العربية

Religious interpretation is what counts. This explains why Pakistanis ...

Whose faith wins? Keeping religion out of the law

August 14, 2014
BY: Geraldyn Ezeakile
Français

Religion may help to control behavior and justify human worth and dignity, ...

Arguing like Abraham for Gaza’s innocents

August 11, 2014
BY: Rabbi Arik Ascherman
العربيةעבריתTürkçe

Most Israeli Jews support the Gaza war, but the justice of self-defense ...

Occu-Kashrut and ethical Jewish consumerism

July 23, 2014
BY: Louis Frankenthaler

For some, a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements - Occu-Kashrut ...

Let’s talk about religion

July 4, 2014
BY: Meghan L. Morris
Español

Many human rights advocates work with people and/or communities who believe ...

The real power of rights is not religion

June 19, 2014
BY: Michael Bochenek
Español

It’s not useful to debate whether human rights derive from religion or ...

In Africa, human rights and religion often go together

June 12, 2014
BY: Abamfo Ofori Atiemo
Français

In Africa and other regions in the global South, religion and human rights ...

No human rights without God

May 28, 2014
BY: Daniel Philpott

Human rights need God because three ingredients are critical to their ...

Faith in rights: ethics of the public square

May 14, 2014
BY: Amyn B. Sajoo

Human rights cannot thrive globally without the support of pluralist religious ...

Starting at the top: why rights groups need to engage religious leaders

May 1, 2014
BY: Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr 

For human rights to find resonance in the global South, we must connect ...

The politicization of Hindu faith in India

April 30, 2014
BY: Fr. Cedric Prakash Sj
EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Hinduism preaches tolerance, the Indian Constitution enshrines plurality. ...

The paradox of religion and rights

April 23, 2014
BY: Jeremy Carrette

While religion is foundational to human rights, it is also problematic. ...

In Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights address painful paradoxes

April 17, 2014
BY: Rabbi Arik Ascherman
EspañolFrançaisالعربيةעברית

In a world where so much blood is shed for religion, Rabbis for Human ...

Muslim NGOs, aid, and human rights

April 17, 2014
BY: Marie Juul Petersen 
EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Drawing on studies of Muslim aid organisations in Britain, Saudi Arabia, ...

Religion as a human rights liability

April 16, 2014
BY: Nida Kirmani 
Españolاردوالعربية

lthough many human rights movements have religious underpinnings, explicitly ...

Human rights abuse in Burma and the role of Buddhist nationalism

April 16, 2014
BY: Wai Yan Phone 
ภาษาไทยမြန်မာဘာသာ

Myanmar is taking significant strides towards political and economic liberalization ...

The rights in Hinduism

April 15, 2014
BY: Arvind Sharma 
Españolالعربية

Contrary to popular perception, Hindu philosophies of moral agency, duty ...

Islamic and UN Bills of Rights: same difference

April 15, 2014
BY: Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Ayaz Ali, Atallah Fitzgibbon
FrançaisEspañolالعربية

Despite tension between western notions of individual freedom and Muslim ...

Human rights must get religion

April 14, 2014
BY: Larry Cox
FrançaisEspañolالعربية

Many human rights activists are secular and view religion as a problem, ...

On a wing and a prayer: can religion revive the rights movement?

April 14, 2014
BY: Jack Snyder
EspañolFrançaisالعربية

Normative frameworks in the Global South are largely religious, making ...

Faith and health care in Africa: a complex reality

March 18, 2014
BY: Jill Olivier
Françaisالعربية

It’s time to move past overly simplistic arguments surrounding Catholics ...

 

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