Multiple manifestations of cultural and religious diversity, partly induced by international migration, structure modern societies. In times of economic uncertainty and ethical disagreement, when specific groups feel threatened or discriminated against, identity conflicts thus frequently arise and undermine long-term conviviality. Too often, these challenges are met with reductive solutions based on the fear of the other, which foster social fragmentation rather than cohesion. As the European Court of Human Rights has highlighted, it is therefore essential to draw on international human rights standards in order to articulate legal instruments and public policies that uphold fundamental principles of justice. Drawing on various disciplinary perspectives, the MULTIHURI project “Diversity and conviviality: human rights as guidelines for action” seeks to contribute to this process through critical analyses on four European states (Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom) and their comparison with the qualitatively different, historically speaking at least, Canadian experience.
Seminar on the fight against xenophobia
With the spread of racist attitudes and discourses at the core of democratic institutions, the mobilisation of civil society provides an essential bulwark for protecting the rights of stigmatised minorities. On 23 March at 3.30pm, several activists belonging to some of the most consolidated organisations in this field will share their experiences as part of the II MULTIHURI seminar series on racism, multidiscrimination and human rights. Ángel Galán, coordinator of the Movement against Intolerance in the Valencian Community, will analyse the growing support for political projects based on the rejection of immigrants and defend the importance of neutralizing the stereotypes that associate them with unemployment and delinquency. Mariana Yñurrigarro (CEPAIM) and Ana Fornés (Service of assistance to victims of racial or ethnic discrimination) will explore the perspective of discrimination victims and redress mechanisms. Finally, Carolyn Phippard will describe the activities against xenophobia developed by Valencia Acoge, including theatrical performances and meetings between immigrants and decision-makers. Free access (see poster below).
New collective book on cultural diversity and conflicts in the EU
After an intense year of preparation, Tirant lo Blanch has published a collective book entitled Cultural diversity and conflicts in the European Union: Legal and political implications [Diversidad cultural y conflictos en la Unión Europea: implicaciones jurídico-políticas], edited by Ángeles Solanes, professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Valencia. The volume brings together the contributions of nine members of the research project "Human rights, multicultural societies and conflicts" as well as invited authors from the University of Nantes and the University of Oxford. Throughout its 286 pages, it sheds a critical and timely light on vital issues such as local policies in globalised European cities, normative conflicts in the family sphere, manifestations of inter-ethnic violence and the role of cinema as a tool to understand the other. It also reflects on the importance of human rights as a guide to action and a unifying mechanism in order to safeguard pluralism and avoid the stigmatisation and criminalisation of difference.
To consult the index (in Spanish) and purchase the book, click here.
Islamophobia in Spain
(Starting from left): Jaime Bonet Navarro, Mariam Barouni and Amparo Sánchez Rosell, "Islamophobia in Spain", presentation delivered at the University of Valencia Social Science Faculty on 23 February 2017 as part of a seminar series on racism, multi-discrimination and human rights (in Spanish).