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Religion and Terrorism

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International organizations are trying to strike a balance between the pressing need to confront terrorism and the preservation of human rights. The Council of Europe, for instance, has drafted a number of instruments regulating the standards that should be kept in mind to this effect, namely fighting efficiently terrorism while upholding basic values and fundamental rights. The Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) discussed frequently the issue of terrorism and, in a recent meeting devoted to human rights and the fight against terrorism, selected for discussion three topics: religious freedom, torture, and the role of civil society and the fight against terrorism. Religious communities can play a valuable role in preventing and combating terrorism. The practice of religion or belief and the promotion of inter- and intra-religious dialogue should be facilitated, within a framework for promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect for diversity.

Keywords: belief; human rights; religious communities; terrorism



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