The International Day for Tolerance is a UN observance occurring every 16 November and observed in many nations all over the world.
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The focus of the day is to raise public awareness about the importance of tolerance, dialogue, and cooperation in individual lives and in society at large. There is also a corresponding focus on the negative effects of intolerance.
On the International Day for Tolerance, there will be special media campaigns on TV, radio, Internet, and elsewhere promoting tolerance for those of other views, religious beliefs, and ways of life from one’s own. There are also often debates put on where tolerance and intolerance are discussed before a public audience.
Additionally, many human rights organisations use International Day for Tolerance as an opportunity to highlight the violations of human rights, hate crimes, and discrimination that go on and that need to be brought to an end.