In The Fight for Tolerance!
Foundation for Human Rights and
Tolerance United Kingdom
part of the International
Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance which
is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to
making human rights and religious tolerance a reality in
today's troubled world.
programs, projects, and special events in many countries,
the Foundation brings about increased awareness and demand
for basic rights and freedoms as set forth in the United
Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Foundation takes its message of freedom to all levels of
government, and to the citizens who continue to suffer from
harrassment and discrimination - often in spite of the fact
that their countries are signatories to the Declaration.
Work is Valuable
we look at the world today, we are struck by widespread
fear and unhappiness, conditions that can often be linked
to misunderstanding, intolerance, and abuses of basic human
in Asia, Africa, Europe, or the Americas, much of the discord
and violence can be traced to religious intolerance and
abuses of basic human rights.
increasing tolerance and understanding among the peoples
of the world, we are directly addressing the source of so
much unhappiness. The
value of such a sky-high goal is incalculable.
Action to Create a Better World
the many projects undertaken by the Foundation are the following:
recent years, the Foundation has participated in the organization
of International Human Rights Marathons to bring public
attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
at a grassroots level, reaching tens of thousands of citizens
in more than a dozen countries:
Europe, major marathons culminated in Frankfurt
(1997), Berlin (1997), Frankfurt again
(1998), Hamburg (1999), Paris (2000),
and Geneva (2001).
In the United States, in 2000, a 250-mile, four-State
marathon began at the Statue of Liberty in New York
City and ended with a multifaith rally in the nation's
capital, Washington, D.C.
asking governments to take more responsibility for ensuring
human rights have been an integral part of each of our Marathons.
Over the years our teams have paused in hundreds of cities,
towns, and villages across Europe, gathering thousands of
signatures from citizens, local politicians, religious leaders,
and even the police. A common reaction is, "At last,
someone is doing something about it!"
concerts and events are held as part of each international
marathon, often at both the start and at the end. For example,
in 1999, events were held first in Athens, the starting
point for that year's 13-week, 4,500-kilometer marathon,
and in Hamburg at its conclusion. Thousands of people
attended to enjoy impassioned music, and speeches by representatives
of major religions.
demonstrations have been held on a regular basis for several
years to bring attention to religious intolerance in Europe.
In Los Angeles, weekly demonstrations have been
held at the consulates of the German and French governments,
to protest religious intolerance in those countries.
In London, England, peaceful marches and demonstrations
were held at the French consulate to protest passage
of a repressive law targeting religions in France.
In Washington, D.C., peaceful demonstrations
were held at the French embassy to draw attention to
the repressive law targeting religions in France.
writing campaigns are undertaken to to government leaders,
human rights groups, and the media, to draw attention to
religious intolerance and abuses of human rights.
tables have been held in Europe and America, attended by
religious and human rights leaders, to discuss situations
of intolerance and abuse and propose solutions. These events
have been covered by media and reported to government and
regarding human rights and religious tolerance are held
for Foundation volunteers and supporters, and the general
public, to hear about current conditions in various areas,
and to provide guidance and instruction on how to approach
and effectively deal with intolerance.
programs are a new area for the Foundation, and are taking
on increasing importance. Our first major project is the
International Youth for Human Rights organization,
founded in 2000, and aimed at forwarding the meaning and
importance of human rights to children of all nations. This
group has the full support of the Foundation, and of one
of our major allies, The Friends of the United Nations.
The new Youth group has held its first International
Essay Contest, and prizes were presented to the winning
children in Geneva, Switzerland late last year.
Foundation publishes a regular Newsletter to its membership
summarizing our activities and presenting related news from
"hot spots" around the world. As well, we distribute
a frequent Newsflash e-mail news update, and maintain our
Web site, www.humanrightsandtolerance.org.
You Should Help
Europe, where nearly every country is a signatory to The
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, citizens' rights
are still routinely abused. The governments of France, Russia,
and other democratic nations have recently targeted peaceful,
law-abiding religious and charitable organizations, based
almost entirely on religious intolerance.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not a legally
binding document, it has inspired more than 60 human rights
instruments, which together constitute an international
standard of human rights. These instruments include the
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights, both of which are legally binding treaties. Together
with the Declaration, these constitute the International
Bill of Rights.
broadly increasing awareness of the principles embodied
in these agreements, the Foundation is changing the way
Europeans and others are viewing their rights, and their
responsibilities. Such agreements offer a peaceful weapon
for good people to use to help bring about a better way
Foundation is supported by many religious and secular organizations
that share our values and goals. But the greatest support
comes from people like you - people who believe that everyone
should be free to practice their chosen religion without
fear of persecution - people who are willing to help preserve
becoming Foundation donors, members, and active volunteers,
people like you are beginning to make a difference in the
world. By helping to bring peace and understanding to those
who are suffering from indifference to human rights and
incessant conflict, you help ensure a worthwhile future
Can Help in Many Ways
participation in our activities will help bring about greater
happiness and better lives for people whose only crime is
living in a country where human rights are ignored, or worse,
tax deductible annual membership helps us continue to expand
our activities. It brings us a step closer to achieving
basic human rights, including the security to practice our
chosen religions, in many countries of the world. As our
membership grows, our voice grows stronger. And as we grow
stronger, we become more effective in resolving intolerance
and abuse. To support the Foundation as a member, fill
out the membership application.
direct involvement as a volunteer will accelerate the many
changes we can bring about. A
few hours, or even a few minutes, on a regular basis, are
welcome. Many hands are needed to make a difference, and
there are many ways you can help. Contact
us to discuss becoming a volunteer.
donations in any amount provide the vital energy that fuels
the Foundation's programs and projects around the world.
To make a donation, contact the Foundation by telephone,
mail, or e-mail.
The Foundation holds that each of us has the responsibility to ensure
that everyone is able to pursue his or her chosen religion
with complete freedom.
Your participation is needed. An increased membership will enable
us to become more effective in resolving religious intolerance
in Europe and everywhere in the world we are needed.
As our members increase, our voice becomes stronger. You make this
possible by your PARTICIPATION.
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