Faith and Democracy Belong Together
Indonesien. Fotograf: Hilda Weges
Respect for human rights is a prerequisite for a democratic society. Based on our Christian values, we believe that every human being is created in the image of God and has inviolable and equal rights to live his or her life in freedom.
Everyone working with people in international development cooperation, in conflict situations, and in social or humanitarian work, need knowledge about the role of religion in the particular context that they work in, in order to do a good job.
Religion is important in most parts of the world
In almost every village around the world there is a church, a temple or a mosque where people gather for community. For many, this is an important meeting place where their innermost driving forces can grow and contribute to the work for a better world.
We believe that every person has a duty and the ability to work against injustice. Faith and conviction can motivate people to work for change and while also inspiring hope for the future. These are forces to be reckoned with. We work to promote the freedom of religion or belief for all people so that these forces can come to good use.
Religion and human rights as two languages
Our long experience of working with faith-based organisations means that we can understand and find special ways to contribute to lasting change in difficult situations.
One way our network manages difficult situations is by talking about human rights based on a religious or theological understanding, for example by using stories from the Bible or the Koran. But we also find it useful to talk about religion with the help of human rights. In this way, we are bilingual and can interpret between different understandings. It is a great asset in our work where we relate to both religious and political duty bearers.