International Day for Tolerance

As Albert Einstein, a famous physicist, said, laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

There is much to do in Serbia, if our society wants to teach tolerance to its citizens, and especially children and youth. With 29 different ethnical groups, Serbia needs to cherish tolerance and promote it at every step.

If we aspire to live a life of harmony, then it is necessary to respect and appreciate not only those that are like us, but also those who are distinct based on their ideas, views, nationality, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, or the language they speak.

A tolerant person is not a person who makes compromises or who yields. They are rather the one that stands for their own beliefs, but also accepts the fact that the others are entitled to their own convictions, and that every human being is equal.

The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. It is observed on 16 November.

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