Article 20

" Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

No one may be compelled to belong to an association. "


Tolerance Institute, Lodz

Founded in 2001 by engaged citizens with the goal to promote the idea of tolerance and respect for the other. Initially the confrontation with xenophobic slogans on the facades of Lods houses provoked an activist’s reaction against this form of discrimination. Discussions, workshops and concerts were meant to confront this vandalism with a constructive and creative exercise, in order to create a notion of tolerance for a generation that lacked a basic education towards a responsible and open citizenship. By means of culture and education tolerance was meant to be achieved.
From its beginnings Tolerance institute has organised meetings and debates about foreign countries, ethnic groups and religious denominations that played an important role in the urban and regional development of Lodz. Today Tolerance institute is an institution supported by the city of Lodz and influential figures of public and academic live. Their mission” tolerance through education and culture” is deeply rooted in the reality of a below average poverty in the city and the region and a socially instable society. The Institute of Tolerance does not avoid questions like abortion or euthanasia, which are pertinent to the main topic of the project. Members of the institution work voluntarily towards common goal. Web site