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1961: UN General Assembly adopted a resolution asking the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Human Rights Commission to prepare legally-binding international human rights convention on religious intolerance. It was deferred by religious and diplomatic leaders because of its complexity and political sensitivity.
1968: UN deferred work on a Convention on Religious Intolerance as too complicated and politically sensitive and instead began work on what was to become the non-binding 1981 UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. The Tandem Project believes until legally-binding human rights treaty, a Convention on Freedom of Religion or Belief, is adopted, international human rights law will be incomplete.
1984: The Tandem Project since 1984 has participated in dialogue and discussions on how to implement International Human Rights Instruments at a local level. A Tandem Project co- founder was the delegate of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) to the Seminar on the Encouragement of Understanding, Tolerance and Respect in Matters Relating to Freedom of Religion or Belief (1984) ST/HR/SER.A/16, Geneva: United Nations.
2011: UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/167 by consensus to combat such intolerance. It is the best hope in fifty years to reconcile issues and divergent views on human rights and freedom of religion or belief, assimilation and multiculturalism. The Resolution calls for an open public debate of ideas and strengthened global dialogue at all levels to implement the Resolution – a Culture of Tolerance and Peace Based on Religion or Belief
Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief