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Doha: In its closing statement the 13th Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) called for the implementation of religious values in the divine religions and to strengthen international laws to protect human rights and to stop violations, whether the perpetrators are the states, individuals or groups.
The conference called on the international community to provide the necessary protection for children, women and people with special needs, and the family, especially those who are subjected to violations during war and conflict
Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the DICID, stressed the need to find effective international mechanisms to guarantee freedom of belief and practice of religious rites, as well as the need to respect religious sanctities, customs and traditions of all peoples, An act of intolerance, contempt for religions, extremism and terrorism. He stressed that the international community must act quickly to find solutions to the issues of violations of human rights that are afflicting many countries of the world today and threaten global security and stability, especially the issue of religious minorities, refugees, human trafficking, victims of war, armed conflicts, civil wars and ethnic cleansing.
Al Nuaimi stressed that states that foster religious, ethnic or refugee minorities should take serious measures to raise awareness of the rights of these minorities in their educational curricula and media. At the closing session, the DICID signed MoU with the Center for Islamic Studies of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The conference at its third session held on yesterday the human rights issues between heavenly laws and international covenants, warning of the current challenges to the promotion of those rights in the world.
The participants discussed the religious perspective of human rights in times of peace and conflict, the position of heavenly laws and international laws on the siege of states, the protection of civilians from the dangers of military operations and the religious and legal position towards victims of wars and conflicts. The participants presented experiences from Argentina, Portugal, Nepal, and Croatia to integrate religious values into human rights laws, including constitutional legislation derived from the laws of religions. They noted the responsibility of international law to protect vulnerable religious groups and minorities, to combat religious terrorism and ethnic cleansing in addition to combat discrimination on a religious basis.
Morocco's Minister of State for Human Rights Mustapha Ramid underlined the approach of human rights in Islam and its relationship to international legitimacy.
In his speech on behalf of the Moroccan Minister, Abdel Wahid Al Atheer, chief of staff at the ministry of state in charge of human rights, referred to some convergence and intersections between some formulations in the international legitimacy of human rights and Quranic verses. He said this basic ethical consensus between Islam and the international legitimacy of human rights does not mean full compatibility in detail, but there are some limited differences that require scrutiny and reservation.
For his part, Mohamad Anwari from Nepal said that human rights are central to international legislation, noting the Doha Conference for Interfaith Dialogue for its interest in this vital subject.
Lawyer and politician at the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism in Argentina Claudio Presman underlined the importance of framing religious practices and constitutional freedoms in local laws and in constitutional legislation, pointing to the experience of Argentina in this context.
Prof. Jorge Bacelar Gouveia from the University of Lisbon pointed out that the Portuguese domestic laws that promote religious freedom and practice in the country have granted various minorities their full religious rights.
In the same context, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Greece's University of Peloponnese, Dr. Sotirios Roussos discussed the situation of minorities in the Middle East under the current political situation. The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser, stressed the importance of harmonizing religions and human rights and how to avoid conflicts between them.
Al Nasser spoke about the role of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, calling it a 'bridge connecting the members of the human family to better coexist in peace and tolerance.
During the panel discussion entitled 'The Implementation of Religious Values in Support of International Human Rights Law, the Director of the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Center for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, George Abu Al Zulf stressed the importance of values and principles regarding the protection of human rights and dignity, as well as other human values stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, such as freedom, justice, brotherhood, equality and human solidarity.
For his part Dr. Michael Andrews from the US stressed the need for dialogue with one language while listening carefully to the other to resolve differences in a changing world with a variety of races and religions, and the establishment of positive relationships between religions followers, reviewing the interaction of religions on human rights in order to live in a world free of violence and extremism.