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RESOLUTION 1

Prepared at the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions on 20.06.2007 in Jurmala, Latvia

Resolution is prepared to be submitted to:

UNESCO

UNESCO National Commissions

National Governments

Ministries of Culture

We, the Participants of the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions, consider that:

- ethnic religion constitutes the most important part of cultural heritage of every nation and expresses its  world outlook;

- ethnic religion is the live spirit and soul of folklore;

- in order to enable folklore, ancient traditions and customs to carry on their full symbolic meaning and sense their sacral core – ethnic religion – should be safeguarded.

The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which came to effect on 17 October, 2003, should be the priority of each State Party to the Convention.

The Convention says: “the processes of globalization and social transformation, alongside the conditions they create for renewed dialogue among communities, also give rise, as does the phenomenon of intolerance, to grave threats of deterioration, disappearance and destruction of the intangible cultural heritage”

In order to enable peoples to safeguard their unique identity, they need to save their ethnic religion as the cultural heritage. The said sets the responsibilities for the UNESCO member states:

1)    to secure the spiritual cultural heritage – the ethnic religion by the state legislation;

2)    to ensure respect for the spiritual cultural heritage;

3)    to raise awareness on the local, national and international level of the significance of the spiritual cultural heritage, ensuring mutual appreciation and safeguarding thereof;

4)    to take measures aimed at ensuring viability of the intangible cultural heritage, including the identification, documentation, research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement,  as well as revitalization of the various aspects of the spiritual cultural heritage;

5)    to promote transmission of intangible cultural heritage, especially with the help of the formal and informal education.

All the above mentioned concerns each State Party to this Convention, but it should be taken into account that, according to the Article 33 of this UNESCO Convention, also all States not Members of UNESCO are invited by the General Conference of UNESCO to accede to it.

Recognizing that safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage is of general interest to humanity, the Participants of the 10th Conference of the World Congress of Ethnic Religions address the governments of their countries and the representatives of all world cultures, to do everything possible, to implement the objectives set out in the UNESCO Convention.

RESOLUTION 2

World Congress of Ethnic Religions Resolution Against Hate Speech
 
The delegates to the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions June 19-21, 2007 in Jurmala, hereby affirm
a.       Their concern about hate speech which usually focuses on ethnic (pagan) religions and spiritual traditions;
b.      The importance of the internet in public education, and the ability of the internet to disseminate hatred and false information;
c.       That freedom of expression must be balanced with the need to promote safety, well-being, pluralism, tolerance, understanding, and a hate-free environment;
 
And resolve to ask Internet hosting providers to
a. Require any individual or organization seeking to host a website on their servers to voluntarily restrict any behavior which demeans or reduces a religion and its adherents, or which promotes hate or discrimination, and that these policies be incorporated into any contract entered into by the hosting providers;
b. Take the initiative in removing those websites from their servers which wantonly promote, in whatever way, hatred and intolerance towards any religion.
 
RESOLUTION 3

World Congress of Ethnic Religions Resolution Against Exploitation of the Vulnerable in Proselytization
 
The delegates to the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions June 19-21, 2007 in Jurmala, hereby affirm
  1. Their concern about the exploitation of the poor, children, sick, elderly, women, refugees, and other vulnerable sections of society, especially after war, occupations and disasters;
  2. Their concern about forced, fraudulent, and coerced conversion, particularly among vulnerable and unempowered sections of society after war, occupations and disasters;  
And resolve to affirm
  1. That people should not be exploited at any time, particularly after war, occupations and disasters;
  2. That governments should protect vulnerable populations from exploitation;
  3. That governments should outlaw conversion based on force, fraud or coercion.  
 
RESOLUTION 4

World Congress of Ethnic Religions Resolution For Tolerance
 
The delegates to the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions June 19-21, 2007 in Jurmala, hereby affirm
  1. That diversity among human beings is a positive;  
  2. That many conflicts are based on intolerance and lack of pluralism;  
  3. That ethnic (pagan) religions are inherently tolerant;  
  4. And resolve to affirm their commitment to promoting tolerance and understanding.
 
RESOLUTION 5

World Congress of Ethnic Religions Resolution to Ending Discrimination Against Ethnic (pagan) Religions
The delegates to the 10th World Congress of Ethnic Religions June 19-21, 2007 in Jurmala, hereby affirm
  1. That the ethnic (pagan) religions of Europe existed before the advent of Christianity;
  2. That existing ethnic religions were never eliminated but were practiced by people even while banned under Christian and communist rule; 
  3. That ethnic religions continue to face discrimination and persecution within Europe ;  
  4. That ethnic religions are not getting equal recognition from European governments;
  5. That ethnic religions are not getting equal protection under the laws of various European nations and the European Union;
  6. That the human rights of ethnic religions in Europe have been ignored by most organizations claiming to promote human rights and religious freedom;
And hereby resolve to demand that European governments and human rights groups
a.      Recognize ethnic (pagan) religions on an equal footing with other religions;
b.     End official and unofficial discrimination against ethnic religious groups;
c.      Provide ethnic religions with equal protection under the laws of each country and the European Union, and as provided for by United Nations declarations and conventions.

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