Workgroup for Empiric Research of Religion (AGER)

Religion and Human Rights

Human rights are an expression and guarantor for the dignity of human beings. They provide a fundamental basis for a civilization of peace, freedom and justice. At the same time, the core and the detailed specification of the human rights are highly controversial. They are in conflict with rival religions and worldviews. In view of this situation the question rises of interreligious and inter-worldview commonalities and resources for a broad foundation and appreciation of human rights. We explore this main question in a research project where we survey students of 15 years and older.

Our Swiss project is associated with similar projects in about 25 countries in Europe and other parts of the world. In all those countries students fill in a similar questionnaire. In this way it will be possible to draw conclusions on general transnational trends as well as specific Swiss peculiarities.

Presently we acquire schools to cooperate. The questionnaire survey should be done either before or after the summer holiday.

Project management in Switzerland: Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber
Swiss project staff: Kathrin Brodbeck, Franziska Huber, Lara Kneubühler, Dr. Carsten Ramsel

International project coordination in Würzburg:
Participating countries and scientists:



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Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber
Faculty of Theology
Länggassstrasse 51
3012 Bern