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Applications Call: ECTR Research Grants on Secure Tolerance
12-07-2018
Applications Call: ECTR Research Grants on Secure Tolerance

The ECTR announces the First Call for Applications to the ECTR Grants Programme on Secure Tolerance.

Deadline for the initial applications is October the 15th, 2018. 

  
ECTR Grants may be held for up to 1 year. The maximum grant value is 50,000 Euro.
ECTR Statement on the Results of Hungarian 2018 Parliamentary Elections
09-04-2018 - 20-04-2025
ECTR Statement on the Results of Hungarian 2018 Parliamentary Elections
“The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation is concerned by the dangerous rhetoric which has accompanied the Hungarian election campaign in which implicit and explicit references have been made to “opposition politicians in the pay of foreigners”, further entrenching the anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic agenda of Hungary’s nationalist administration.
 
The concept of an ‘illiberal democracy’, described by some researchers as neo-authoritarianism, must not be confused with the Secure Tolerance paradox which seeks to safeguard Europe’s liberal ideals by reexamining the concept of tolerance without boundaries and how to reconcile unlimited tolerance with our legitimate security concerns. 
We cannot sit back and let anti Semitism thrive
04-04-2018 - 10-04-2027
We cannot sit back and let anti Semitism thrive
By Tony Blair and Moshe Kantor. Op-Ed Published in The Telegraph, 31.03.2018. 
 
The French Enlightenment thinker Voltaire once said: “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it”. This is the liberal ideal upon which much of Western civilisation was built.
 
Modern Europe is still attached to the conviction that there is no such thing as too much tolerance - that freedom of speech is a basic human right that should not be impinged upon. But immigration, far-Right extremism and anti-Semitism are testing the solidity of our values. This leads us to a vital question: how do we maintain liberal principles without being tolerant of the intolerable?
One of the fallouts of the financial crisis has been an undermining of a European identity, which was established on the pillars of globalisation and open borders.  Politics today is often polarised, and occasionally paralysed, with politicians who strive for answers swept aside by those riding the wave of anger and frustration felt by large sections of society.
ECTR Announces Research Grants and Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance
09-03-2018
ECTR Announces Research Grants and Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance
 
The ECTR announces the establishment of the Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance, which is named after ECTR’ President and award founder Moshe Kantor.
  
The Prize will amount to one million Euro and will be awarded bi-annually. The first recipient is to be selected in 2020.
  
Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance will be awarded for original thinking and research on how the theory and practice of tolerance should be re-imagined to meet the new challenges of a globalized world and the highly diverse and sometimes fragmented societies it contains.
 
 
In the recent past tolerance has been understood in negative terms as a condition that exists whenever human rights are properly respected.  Understood in this way tolerance is a by-product of a right-based society, which can be promoted by a policy of non-interference in basic freedoms. But tolerance that is based only or mainly on a passive approach of this kind cannot be secure when society contains groups and movements that do not accept the value of peaceful coexistence that tolerance serves. 
 
ECTR awards 2018 European Medal of Tolerance to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
07-03-2018
ECTR awards 2018 European Medal of Tolerance to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation has bestowed the 2018 European Medal of Tolerance upon HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco for his exceptional personal leadership and inspiration to advance truth, tolerance and historical reconciliation.
ECTR Round Table in Monaco
07-03-2018
ECTR Round Table in Monaco "Tackling extremism and intolerance in a diverse society"
The European Council for Tolerance and Reconciliation held on March 5-7th, 2018 in Monaco a Round Table discussion “Tackling Extremism and Intolerance in a Diverse Society” .The conference was held under the Patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thornbjorn Jagland.
 
It gathered political, academic and NGO participants from 22 countries to address the threat of radicalisation and issues surrounding the challenges to tolerance in Europe. The three key issues discussed were political radicalisation, online hate speech and integrating immigrants in diverse societies.
European Medal of Tolerance 2016 for Martin Schulz
03-01-2017
European Medal of Tolerance 2016 for Martin Schulz
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 European Medal of Tolerance in the area of politics.
 
European Medal of Tolerance 2016 for Andrei Konchalovsky
03-01-2017
European Medal of Tolerance 2016 for Andrei Konchalovsky
The 2016 European Medal of Tolerance in the area of culture is granted to Andrei Konchalovsky, a Russian film director, producer and screenwriter.
The ECTR Model Law presentation at the Council of Europe
07-12-2016
The ECTR Model Law presentation at the Council of Europe

On December the 7th, 2016, the ECTR has presented the Model Law on Tolerance project to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg – European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

ECTR Presentation in the House of Commons in London
26-10-2015
ECTR Presentation in the House of Commons in London

On the 14th October 2015 at the House of Commons in London, the ECTR has organized a presentation of the ECTR Model Law on the Promotion of Tolerance and Suppression of Intolerance.

Tony Blair Appointed Chairman of European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation
04-06-2015
Tony Blair Appointed Chairman of European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation

Former UK Prime Minister Dedicated to Leading Fight Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia

Brussels 4 June 2015: Former UK Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Tony Blair has been appointed Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), an international organisation based in Brussels that fights against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Samuel Eto'o and FARE Network awarded with the European Medal of Tolerance
10-03-2015
Samuel Eto'o and FARE Network awarded with the European Medal of Tolerance

The Cameroonian football player Samuel Eto'o and the pan-European FARE Network have been awarded by the ECTR with the European Medal of Tolerance at a special ceremony at the Kensington Palace in London.

Samuel Eto’o and the FARE Network to be Awarded the European Medal of Tolerance 2015
04-03-2015
Samuel Eto’o and the FARE Network to be Awarded the European Medal of Tolerance 2015

On Monday, 9th March 2015, at a star-studded gala event at Kensington Palace, three-time Champions League winner Samuel Eto’o and the FARE Network, an anti-discrimination and social inclusion network that counters inequality and exclusion in football, will be awarded the Third European Medal of Tolerance by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).  

 

Forum of World Society in Prague, 26th January 2015
29-01-2015
Forum of World Society in Prague, 26th January 2015

The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation has been a supporting organizer of the Forum of World Society, held within the 4th International Forum „Let My People Live!” in Prague.

Press Statement On Attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels
25-05-2014
Press Statement On Attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels

The ECTR has received with great sadness and sorrow the news of shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels. Europe is shocked watching renewed acts of terror unraveling in our cities, just in the middle of elections to European Parliament.

ECTR meeting with Austrian Minister of Justice Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter
17-03-2014
ECTR meeting with Austrian Minister of Justice Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter

On the 17th March 2014, the ETR delegation has met in Vienna with the Austrian Minister of Justice Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter and his staff.

ECTR holds a hearing in the Croatian Parliament
12-03-2014
ECTR holds a hearing in the Croatian Parliament

On the 12th of March 2014, the ECTR participated in a parliamentary hearing in Zagreb, Croatia before a joint session of The Human Rights Committee and the Judiciary Committee of the Croatian Parliament. Aside of the MP’s from both Commissions, also representatives from other Commissions were present, including for Constitutional Affairs.

ECTR holds a hearing in the Parliament of Italy in Rome
13-02-2014
ECTR holds a hearing in the Parliament of Italy in Rome

On the 13th of February 2014, the ECTR participated in a parliamentary hearing at the Italian Parliament, on the invitation of the Commission on Human Rights of the Senate.

ECTR meeting with Italian Minister for Integration Mrs. Cécile Kyenge
12-02-2014
ECTR meeting with Italian Minister for Integration Mrs. Cécile Kyenge

On the 12th of February 2014, the ECTR delegation was received by the Italian Minister for Integration Mrs. Cécile Kyenge.

ECTR presentation in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest
27-11-2013
ECTR presentation in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest

On the 27th of November 2013, the ECTR together with the Mikhaly Tancis Foundation has organized a Presentation of the European Framework Statute on the Promotion of Tolerance in the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest.