Un Calls Conference to Combat Religious Prejudice in Schools

Published November 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An international conference to draw up a strategy for combating religious intolerance in schools will take place in Madrid next year under the aegis of the United Nations, an official said here on Thursday. 

Abdelfattah Amor, the UN's special human rights representative on religious intolerance, said the seeds of religious prejudice are often sewn in primary schools. 

Violence resulting from religious prejudice "is apparent a little bit everywhere", he told reporters. 

"The teaching to young children of songs for denouncing others which describe how to eat, kill or hate them, that continues to go on today," he told a news briefing. 

The conference, from November 23 to 25, 2001 aims to draw up a prevention plan with recommendations to be submitted to government officials. 

"It's a question of helping states adopt practical measures which keep to the contents of program and manuals and for the training of trainers," Amor said. 

About 500 people including religious representatives, experts and officials from non-governmental organizations are expected to take part. 

Amor said Spain was chosen to host the gathering because of the symbolism of its history for Islam, Christianity and Judaism -- GENEVA (AFP) 


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