UN interfaith dialogue concludes

November 14, 2008

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon closed the UN interfaith dialogue conference yesterday, reading the final communiqué issued by the participants.

 

The text condemned the use of religion to justify the killing of innocents. It affirmed that all religions advocate peace, justice and equality and, therefore, cannot support terrorism, violence or coercion.

The communiqué also expressed concern over the intolerance, discrimination, hatred and harassment faced by religious minorities. It called for all governments to respect basic human rights and liberties, including freedom of belief and expression, without discrimination on the bases of race, language or religion.

Ban concluded, "The challenge now we are confronting is how to go beyond the strong and positive speeches we heard in the last two days . . . I do believe that this meeting was an important step forward."

Full text of communique 

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