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Monitor and document the position of vulnerable religious minorities in Latin America whose rights are being infringed.

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09.11.17

The Holy Bookmark, a tool to counter religiously inspired violence

On 26 March, following the London terror attacks, the Dutch (atheist) comedian Arjen Lubach proposed a tool to counter religiously inspired violence, “The Holy Bookmark.” While this may seem funny, it is at the same time very useful tool. This is how it works. Whenever someone decides he wants to act in the name of his religion, there are a

07.31.17

When pro-family activists are wrong

Some pro-family activists can be wrong, and even outright crazy. The Spanish pro-family lobby HazteOir.org came up with a terrible campaign. In February 2017 this club rigged a bus to circulate around Madrid with the provocative message (in Spanish): “Boys have penises, girls have vaginas. Don’t be fooled. If you’re born a man, you’re a

07.10.17

Freedom of religious expression

On the highway near my home, a monumental sign reads: “The Sabbath is the True Day of the Lord.” I find it very interesting but also quite puzzling. On a first impression, this sign can be interpreted as an example of a religious group exercising its right to freedom of expression. It’s likely a statement

07.03.17

Balancing rights

During the last decades of the twentieth century, indigenous movements emerged throughout Latin America. This unprecedented mobilization of indigenous groups, often referred to as indigenismo, had major political consequences. The indigenismo movement led to the first official recognition of the ethnic diversity of Colombia, as well as far-reaching self-administration rights. In Colombia, indigenous autonomy is far-reaching, but not

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