Governing tolerance

Governing tolerance

Abstract

Can tolerance be governed? Can attitudes and values be influenced through legislation and government action? How can parliaments contribute to eradicating the root causes of intolerance which often leads to violence, discrimination and terrorism?

 

Rationale

This session will explore a question, which is becoming increasingly critical as extremism and radical thinking are spreading around the world:  Can tolerance be governed? Indeed, the moral and ethical responsibilities that parliaments bear today in the fight against intolerance have never been so pivotal.

The UAE experience opens a channel for understanding the role of governance bodies and regulations in fostering value based behaviour and attitude patterns across the community. The UAE has passed laws against discrimination in any form, and has recently created a ministry dedicated to spreading tolerance. This session will discuss the benefits and challenges of direct government action that promotes tolerance, understanding and compromise among individuals and groups from different backgrounds, cultures, race and religion.