European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation

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The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (also ECTR) is a non-governmental organization that was established in Paris, France on 7 October 2008 to monitor tolerance in Europe. The Chairman of the Council is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair[1] (until 2013 - former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski), and the President of the Council is Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor.

Concept of Secure Tolerance[edit]

Secure Tolerance is an advanced way of thinking that recognizes that merely responding to breaches of Tolerance and Security is a passive approach, which does nothing to safeguard either of these essential concepts. Based on this concept, by further developing our thinking on how to make tolerance more secure and fit for purpose, particularly when society contains groups and movements that do not subscribe to our values of tolerance and peaceful co-existence, we can ensure universal rights are sustainably protected.

Kantor's Manifesto on Secure Tolerance[edit]

Dr Kantor’s Manifesto on Secure Tolerance offers a detailed explanation of the concept of Secure Tolerance formulated by him. It has become the first of its kind and a blueprint for global tolerance practices and solutions for intercultural conflicts in European countries and has been published in 2011 in seven languages.

Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance[edit]

In 2018 the ECTR has announced the establishment of the Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance and ECTR Research Grants.[2]

Efforts to pass Statute of Tolerance[edit]

In 2012 Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor introduced ECTR’s proposals for a general law of tolerance, which was presented at an official ceremony in the presence of European Parliament President Martin Schulz, as well as the two recipients of the European Medal of Tolerance. Expanding on the Model Law for Promotion of Tolerance, a version of which it seeks to make mandatory across all 27 member states, Chair of the Task Force in charge of its inception Yoram Dinstein said that “tolerance is the glue that cements together the bond between distinct groups in a single society”.[3]

On 17 September 2013, a subcommittee of the ECTR, composed of Yoram Dinstein, Ugo Genesio, Rein Müllerson, Daniel Thürer and Rüdiger Wolfrum presented "a European framework national statute for the promotion of tolerance submitted with a view to being enacted by the legislatures of European states"[4] to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament.[5] Section 8 states that “the government shall ensure that (a) Schools, from the primary level upwards, will introduce courses encouraging students to accept diversity and promoting a climate of tolerance as regards the qualities and cultures of others.”[4] While Section 9 (a) states: “The government shall ensure that public broadcasting (television and radio) stations will devote a prescribed percentage of their program to promoting a climate of tolerance.”[4]

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