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Human Rights, Democracy and
Rule of Law

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Democratic citizenship,
cultural diversity and
social cohesion

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Europe and the world



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Workshop 2:  The European identity is becoming increasingly diversified: how can we reconcile cultural diversity with respect for the rights of others according to principles of democratic citizenship? What are the tools at our disposal?

“5) A commitment to promoting our values, which must guide all the activities of our Organisation, is also essential in the difficult field of the fight against terrorism. Meeting here today in Madrid, a city which has suffered deadly terrorist attacks, we resolutely reaffirm our determination to combat terrorism, paying due attention and support to victims, with strict respect for human rights and the rule of law. We are convinced that this fight will achieve success in the long term precisely because of our adherence to these values. This is where we see the Council of Europe making a contribution. We welcome the meeting today, also in Madrid, of the First Consultation of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, with a view to strengthening our efforts against this scourge which seriously jeopardises human rights and threatens democracy


8 In the context of the economic crisis and in response to the challenges posed by globalisation, the democratic stability of our societies is paramount. To this end, there must be strong social cohesion and the active exercise of democratic citizenship, involving in particular young people. To avert the risk of social exclusion, it is more essential than ever to protect the rights of the most vulnerable individuals and groups. There is a need for vigorous action to combat all forms of intolerance, in particular by means of education, prevention and standard-setting. The Organisation will pursue its action in all these fields, including the promotion of cultural heritage and of intercultural dialogue based on respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, as advocated by the Council of Europe’s White Paper. The co-operation initiated with the Alliance of Civilisations will contribute to this effort.” Declaration of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Madrid, 12 May 2009