APS - 17 November 2021
ALGIERS-Algeria has given to the values of tolerance "the place they deserve" to fight against terrorism and preserve the unity of the nation against attempts to sow discord, said Wednesday the National Human Rights Council (CNDH).
In a statement issued on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day for Tolerance (November 16 each year), the CNDH stressed that "Algeria has always given the values of tolerance the place they deserve and has made the commitment to these values a means to fight against indiscriminate terrorism, even one of the foundations of the policy of national reconciliation.
The International Day for Tolerance is placed under the slogan "Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human."
On this occasion, the Council called on the international community to "confront intolerance and reject hatred by spreading the values of peace, equality and social justice throughout the world."
"The factors and means to reject hatred and promote tolerance among people include better education and further efforts towards children both at school and at home," said the source.
The CNDH recalled that tolerance "is a political and legal requirement for individuals, communities and states, and is linked to international human rights instruments that highlight the importance for states to develop new legislation where appropriate to ensure equal treatment and equal opportunities for all categories and individuals in society.
This tolerance is strengthened by "knowledge, openness, freedom of thought, conscience and belief and is not only a moral duty but also a political and legal duty contributing to the establishment of the culture of peace instead of that of warn," said the council, calling on all governmental and non-governmental actors and stakeholders to "disseminate the culture of tolerance by preventing incidences emanating from the fear of others."
The CNDH celebrates the International Day for Tolerance proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 12 December 1996.