28 June 2018, GENEVA : On 25 June 2018, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue organized a World Conference on the theme of “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” at the United Nations Office at Geneva, in collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission, the World Council of Churches, the Arab Thought Forum, the World Council of Religious Leaders, Bridges to Common Ground and the European Centre for Peace and Development.
The World Conference - held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - was addressed by more than 35 world-renowned religious, political and lay leaders from the major regions of the world.
Professor Dr Harro von Senger, an academician of Sociology at the University of Freiburg and an expert on Confucianism, delivered a statement that emphasized that the Confucian vision of da tong - or the Great Togetherness - was a contribution to the advancement of worldwide equal and inclusive citizenship rights and international harmony.
According to the speaker, Confucius taught his disciples to “strive for harmony, not for uniformity, not for sameness, one should get along with others, but not necessarily agree with them, in short, one should strive for harmony in diversity.”
Professor von Senger thus remarked that the focus in Confucianism was on studying “the realities emergent in society”, rather dwelling on the supernatural and the uncertain.
Professor von Senger concluded his statement noting that the Confucian vision of the Great Togetherness could be interpreted and realized through the implementation of Article 13, paragraph 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stipulates, inter alia, that “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.”
He further noted that “Article 13 deals with the individual’s right to freedom of residence and movement within his own state as well as within other countries. Paragraph 1 of Article 13 clearly relates not only to citizens, but also to foreigners.”
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The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, an organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a think tank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, religious and civilizational dialogue between the Global North and Global South, and through training of the upcoming generations of stakeholders in the Arab region. Its aim is to act as a platform for dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.
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