Religious leaders unite to denounce violence

In an unprecedented demonstration of multi-religious solidarity, leaders of Christian, Muslim and other religious communities from Iraq, Syria and the larger Middle East region have denounced with one voice all violence in the name of religion, and have called on the international community to protect religious and cultural diversity in Iraq and Syria.

Religious leaders from Sunni, Shiite, Christian, Mandean, and Yazidi communities across the Middle East jointly issued the Vienna Declaration, United against Violence in the Name of Religion, at the international conference organized by the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID).

The religious leaders emphasised the right of all to be treated with dignity and  humanity regardless of their religious tradition. Atrocities committed in the name of religion are crimes against humanity and crimes against religion. The declaration also rejects and denounces the support or sponsorship of terrorism.

Faisal Bin Muaammar, KAICIID Secretary General, the international organiser of the conference said, “The manipulation of religion in Iraq and Syria has horrific human consequences. Today we witnessed a reason for hope: the conviction and resolve of religious leaders from many different faiths, speaking with one voice, to say that ISIS and other extremist groups do not act in the name of religion”.

Further information about the conference and the declaration: http://religionsunite.org/

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