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8. Manoeuvring in the Turbulent Sea of Human Rights and Religion: Religious Communities Approaching Human Rights

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This chapter focuses on general tendencies in the development of the relationship between human rights and religion. It starts with a brief sketch of the pessimistic view of the role played by religion in the human rights field and the possible undermining of human rights by religious discourses and practices. Then, the chapter presents a different view – offered among others by the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan – suggesting a much more positive approach to the role of religion in the human rights sphere. It focuses on some of the areas in which religious communities wish to take human rights in certain directions, which may differ from those envisioned by the mainstream human rights community. The chapter also focuses on the position of Danish Jews in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Keywords: Danish Jews; human rights; Kofi Annan; religious communities; Second World War



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