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Menschenrechte und Traditionelle Werte

Die Allgemeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte und die nachfolgenden großen Menschenrechtspakte sind von nahezu allen Ländern der Erde anerkannt und unterzeichnet. Und doch wird der universelle Geltungsanspruch der Menschenrechte immer wieder skeptisch und kritisch hinterfragt. Die Frage nach dem konkreten Verhältnis von universellem Geltungsanspruch und lokalen oder regionalen Traditionen und Wertesystemen ist nach wie vor offen. Damit geraten Fragen nach konkreten Möglichkeiten der Ausgestaltung von Menschenrechten und traditionellen Werten in den Blickpunkt. Mehr...

Traditional values as an obstacle or chance for human rights

Values and convictions as well as their anchoring in one’s own culture are indispensable for one’s self-identity. This, however, must not obscure the fact that cultural convictions may also obstruct respecting the dignity of individual human beings – and thus impede the promotion of human rights, as was emphasized at an international conference organized by the German Commission for Justice and Peace and the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection JCTR in Lusaka (Zambia) in which participated, among others, the Vice-President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM, Archbishop Gabriel Anokye (Ghana), the Archbishop of Johannesburg Buti Tlhagale (South Africa) as well as senior representatives of the United Nations and of the African system of human rights protection. Click here to continue

Video-clips on Challenges and Opportunities of Human Rights Training in Local Communities

During the exposure and dialogue program that was followed by a Justice and Peace Conference on the interplay between human rights and traditional values from June 21 to June 26 2015 one of the participants, Lena Kretschmann, online editor at internet portal ‘weltkirche.katholisch.de’, produced a few videos. We would like to share the documentary “Change in perspective – travelling around in Musulumba Village”, both in English and German, which gives some insights of one of the participants in the Exposure Program. Click to continue