Multiple manifestations of cultural and religious diversity, partly induced by international migration, structure modern societies. In times of economic uncertainty and ethical disagreement, when specific groups feel threatened or discriminated against, identity conflicts thus frequently arise and undermine long-term conviviality. Too often, these challenges are met with reductive solutions based on the fear of the other, which foster social fragmentation rather than cohesion. As the European Court of Human Rights has highlighted, it is therefore essential to draw on international human rights standards in order to articulate legal instruments and public policies that uphold fundamental principles of justice. Drawing on various disciplinary perspectives, the MULTIHURI project “Diversity and conviviality: human rights as guidelines for action” seeks to contribute to this process through critical analyses on four European states (Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom) and their comparison with the qualitatively different, historically speaking at least, Canadian experience.
Sami Naïr and Javier de Lucas inaugurate the III International MULTIHURI Conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality
On Thursday 1 June, a joint conference by Sami Naïr and Javier de Lucas will open the III International MULTIHURI conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality, to be held at the University of Valencia Law Faculty. Both professors will reflect on the limits of politics and law regarding the recognition of identities. During two days, some 40 speakers will explore issues related to cultural identities, racism and xenophobia, the right to health and education, as well as the relationship between gender and diversity. As explained by Ángeles Solanes, researcher at the University of Valencia Human Rights Institute and director of the conference, "the deficient governance of cultural, including religious, difference creates divisions whose long-term consequences range from racism and xenophobia to terrorist actions". In order to avoid a civilisational regression based on inequality, "it is essential to reflect on how to build a model of peaceful conviviality in pluralistic, diverse societies marked by the impact of migratory flows". An inescapable guide in this endeavour is the "strict respect for human rights, understood from their international standards and the basic principles of the rule of law and democracy". For more information, click here.
Registration opens for the III MULTIHURI International conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality
The III MULTIHURI International conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality will be held on 1-2 June 2017 at the University of Valencia Law Faculty. The meeting will pursue four objectives: 1) identify obstacles to intercultural conviviality in the migration context of Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada; 2) analyse the impact of human rights institutions on processes of ethnic minority stigmatisation and discrimination, taking into account the gender dimension; 3) describe experiences of civic mobilisation in favour of the rights of migrants and their descendants, as well as the results obtained; 4) formulate jurisprudential, legislative and administrative proposals to guarantee equality and promote inclusion in diverse societies. The activity is aimed at professors, researchers and students as well as professionals and activists interested in these issues.
Islamophobia in Spain
(Starting from left): Jaime Bonet Navarro, Mariam Barouni and Amparo Sánchez Rosell, "Islamophobia in Spain", presentation delivered at the University of Valencia Social Science Faculty on 23 February 2017 as part of a seminar series on racism, multi-discrimination and human rights (in Spanish).