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Excerpts from the BAG RelEx Constitution

The National Committee on Religiously Motivated Extremism, or BAG RelEx, was founded as a non-profit organisation on 30th November 2016. The association’s constitution states the following goals:

“The National Committee commits itself against any form of religiously motivated extremism and advocates tolerant coexistence on the basis of the liberal democratic rule of law. The National Committee in particular wants to encourage civic engagement which promotes prevention and de-radicalisation of religiously motivated extremism. The National Committee offers a platform for presenting relevant activities, initiatives and projects in public in order to raise society’s awareness of their necessity. BAG RelEx’s intention is to connect civil society actors throughout Germany, promote the exchange of expertise and cooperation and to voice their ideas and concerns to state and political bodies and in society based on the objectives and purposes set forth in this constitution. The National Committee on Religiously Motivated Extremism is nonpartisan and nondenominational” (translated excerpt of the BAG RelEx Constitution).

Liberal democratic basis

The common set of basic values of BAG RelEx and its members is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany. The fundamental values contained in these codes, such as the respect and protection of human dignity and the rights derived therefrom, as well as the principles of democracy and rule of law, form the basis and are the goal of our endeavours in opposing religiously motivated extremism.