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Intolerance against Muslims
Assessment Meeting : Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims in the Field of Education, Warsaw, 3-4 June 2008

The assessment meeting, hosted by ODIHR's Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, brought together 25 experts coming from a range of backgrounds, including policy-making, NGOs, academia, religious leadership, university research, school leadership and major inter-governmental organizations. The latter included the UN Alliance of Civilisations, Council of Europe, European Union and UNESCO.

The aim of the meeting was to identify challenges and recent developments, discuss lessons learned from international and national initiatives and explore what would be the added value of ODIHR in the educational field addressing intolerance against Muslims, without duplicating the work already being done by others, but building on theirs.

Background Information

The OSCE has emphasized the importance of education in combating all forms of intolerance, including against Muslims, in a number of decisions taken by the Ministerial and Permanent Councils of the OSCE.

The 2005 Ministerial Council decision specifically tasked the ODIHR to assist the participating States in developing methods and curricula for tolerance education in general, including fighting prejudice, intolerance and discrimination against, inter alia, Muslims.

Since 2006, the ODIHR has been supporting the development of country-specific resource guides on Muslims in the OSCE regions, as practical reference and educational tools.

Participants at the ODIHR's Assessment meeting on combating intolerance and discrimination against Muslims in the field of education in Warsaw, June 2008 (OSCE)