Respect For Multicultural And Multilingual Differences

The respect for multi – cultural and multi – linguistic differences is one of the most important movements worldwide to promote equality of different cultures and ethnicities.

Almost all of the Latin American peoples have ethnic groups within their territory that present linguistic, physical and cultural differences.

This phenomenon is immanent in human culture, it also happened in the Roman Empire, in China, in cities like New York at the beginning of the 20th century and even today, in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, in cities like Jerusalem, and in many countries of the European Union.

Signs that show respect for multicultural and multilingual differences

Respect for differences is essential for human rights to be achieved. These rights must be protected, promoted and put into practice immediately.

Respect for differences should not be a utopia, every day more countries are joining in to demolish differences and condemn abuse or racial crimes and any discriminatory act with jail sentences and considerable fines.

Right to freedom of worship

Countries must guarantee citizens the right to congregate and express their religious beliefs as long as their practices do not violate the fundamental rights of other citizens or reject other religions.

Labor equity

Labor equity seeks that all pluricultural and multilingual groups, regardless of the gender of their communities, have the same employment opportunities.

Therefore, a candidate could not be rejected based on their origin, gender, religion or ethnicity. In addition, the salary should be that expected for a professional who can offer the same benefits.

Right to free movement

A citizen should not be prevented from moving freely within a city or town simply because he belongs to a different cultural group.

Separating with walls, as happened in Berlin after the Second World War, only succeeds in abusing the freedoms of citizens and they are absolutely reprehensible acts that disrespect the freedom to dissent.

The same occurs when indigenous communities are forced to move and abandon their settlements. Many times when this occurs, they are illegally relocated against their will in areas that are not suitable for them, violating their rights and freedoms.

Freedom of information

In communities where two languages ​​are spoken, one official, and the regional one, both languages ​​should be inserted in all public information so that citizens can have correct access to the information.

A correct example of this case can be observed in cities such as Barcelona in Spain, where information in Catalan and Spanish is read throughout the city.

Education rights

No child or citizen should be barred from accessing education because they belong to a particular ethnic group or because they speak a different language.

In the United States it frequently happens that new Spanish-speaking children are given special study plans while they master the English language, always avoiding exclusion.

Tolerance

Tolerance is a value of the population that transmits acceptance towards different ways of thinking, acting and being, physically and psychologically.

This can be educated both in childhood and in older citizens, especially from the media, leaders and with advertising campaigns.

References 

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