Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free
and full development of his [her] personality is possible
--Article 29: Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The Tandem Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the following foundations, organizations and individuals in the development of this Community Manual: The Laura Jane Musser Foundation; Spanish Foreign Ministry; Barbara L. Forster; Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Lois Rogers; General Mills Foundation; Virginia Binger VMB Fund; Abdelffatah Amor, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Norwegian Foreign Ministry; Lois A. Herman; Patrice Gillibert, U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Kristi Rudelius Palmer, University of Minnesota Center for Human Rights; Amy Bergquist and Michael Boucher, Minneapolis South High School; Bahiyyih G. Tahzib, The Netherlands Foreign Ministry;Terry Higgins; Andrew Mestitz; Charlie Elowson, Kurtis J. Peterson, Reverend Leonard Freeman; Jack Nist; Tom Atchison; David Weissbrodt, University of Minnesota Law School.


The Tandem Project is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1985, to promote the 1981 U.N. Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. It has a nine member board of directors made of University of Minnesota faculty and human rights activists. The name Tandem Project is from a 1984 speech in the British House of Commons--global ethics is not growing in tandem with science and technology. The Tandem Project has organized five international conferences on ways to implement the 1981 U.N. Declaration in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1986; Warsaw, Poland, 1989; New Delhi, India, 1993; London, England 1995; Oslo, Norway. 1998. The Tandem Project recommend to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief that he organize a U.N. School Consultation Conference on curricula for the 1981 U.N. Declaration. The conference was held in 2001 in Madrid, Spain. The Tandem Project served on the Preparatory Committee for the conference that was attended by 80 governments and over 600 people. The Tandem Project has contributed articles or chapters to four books on international freedom of religion or belief.

Barbara L. Forster, Chair
Michael M. Roan, Director
The Tandem Project