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Research projects

         RBMs in the Euro-Mediterranean Space. A Research Project

Preventing discrimination and persecution. Patterns of inclusion of religious minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean area

The project takes into consideration three European countries with different Christian traditions (Portugal, Denmark, Greece) and two Middle East countries with a Muslim majority (Lebanon and Egypt). It is focused on two policy areas—school and education on the one hand, marriage and family relations on the other.

Taking into account the historical, cultural, political and religious differences that characterize the two groups of countries, the research examines how much RBM rights are respected and promoted. The project is based on the working hypothesis that the differences between Europe and Middle East do not prevent the identification of some common political and legal principles that, even in the variety of their concrete applications, can advance the inclusion of religious minorities, reduce discrimination and prevent their persecution. Rather, differences call for reflection on the best way to implement these principles, taking into account the variety of contexts in which they are to be concretely applied in order to ensure the greatest possible effectiveness.

The one-year-long project is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is led by the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK, Trento) with the participation of the Adyan Foundation (Beirut) and the Freedom of Religion or Belief and Foreign Policy Initiative (University of Sussex). For more information please contact rossella.bottoni@unitn.it.

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