Human Rights

Back to listDec 10, 2009

SGI-Luxembourg Participates in International Day of Human Rights

On December 10, 2009, in celebration of the International Day of Human Rights, the Baha'i Center of Luxembourg City and the Organization for the Education of Adults invited representatives of various religious communities to attend an interreligious dialogue with the theme, "The Contribution of Religions to Human Rights." SGI-Luxembourg, a member of Action Group Inter-Religions (AGIR)—an interfaith organization—participated in the event as representatives of the Buddhist community in Luxembourg.

Presentations on the theme were made by representatives from the Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Baha'i faiths. Approximately 50 people attended the event.

An SGI-Luxembourg member spoke about the role religion plays in forming the foundation of human rights. She quoted Soka Gakkai International President Daisaku Ikeda in his essay on human rights:

"Contributing to others, working for the sake of others, is not a matter of duty. It is not simply a matter of morality. It is the highest pinnacle of our lives as humans. As can be strongly affirmed by mothers around the world who cherish life, to be able to contribute to the happiness of others is, indeed, a human right."

Between presentations, a representative from the Bahai community played Persian songs on his Sitar. Participants had the opportunity to engage in dialogue during the discussion session that followed.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Luxembourg]