October 27, 2020

Religious leaders ask to end the "religious manipulation" of terrorists

Religious leaders ask to end the "religious manipulation" of terrorists



Religious leaders have called today, in a joint statement signed after the VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, to end "all forms of religious manipulation" that lead to the activity of terrorist organizations.

"We reject all forms of religious manipulation," the document says, while condemning "the massive and systematic abuse of human rights by international terrorist organizations."

According to the participants of the triennial congress held at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana, these terrorist acts "undermine trust and mutual cooperation" between religions and between followers of the same faith.

The attendees agreed to create the Nazarbayev Center as an initiative that fosters dialogue between different faiths, while also recognizing the "fundamental role" of this congress in the "development and strengthening" of interreligious dialogue.

The President of the Kazakh Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, participated in the closing ceremony.

Participants emphasized in the document the importance of cooperation to resolve religious conflicts.

The VI Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions brought together representatives of 82 delegations from 46 countries, including political leaders such as Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE), Thomas Greminger.

In addition, they attended this event held at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation of Astana, representatives of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism and Shintoism.

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