DOHA – Final Declaration on Religion and Human Rights


The 13th International Conference for Interfaith Dialogue on the topic of Religion and Human Rights was held in Doha on February 20 and February 21, 2018. The conference entitled “Religions and Human Rights”, was held with the participation of a group of two hundred and thirty-nine (239) scholars from the three monotheistic religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, as well as participants from Qatar.

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Daoist Delegation visits Pope Francis



‘It’s a dialogue not only of ideas; it’s a human dialogue, from person to person, which helps all to grow, to grow as persons, in our path of search for the absolute, for God’ said Pope Francis, on the occasion of visit by the Taoist Delegation of the Bao’an Temple of Taipei, Taiwan.

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Religions Walking Together Against Hatred and Violence

When more than 100 religious leaders and other actors from around the world gathered at the UN in Vienna in mid-February, it was a manifestation of unity between religious and non-religious organizations, and a genuine commitment to cooperate in dealing with hate speech and incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.

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Jerusalem church leaders close Church of the Holy Sepulchre

In a highly unusual action, the leaders of Jerusalem’s churches closed the doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday. The united protest was in response to moves by Jerusalem authorities to begin collecting tens of millions of dollars in taxes from churches, as well as proposed legislation to confiscate church-owned land.

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New Anglican Inter Faith Commission begins work with meeting in Cairo

Members of the Anglican Communion’s new Inter Faith Commission will gather for their first meeting next week, in Cairo, Egypt. The AIFC was requested by the Anglican Consultative Council when they met in Lusaka in 2016, and launched at the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury last October. Its purpose is to “bring mutual understanding and build trust where there is ignorance, fear and hostility” between different faith groups.

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13th Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue

A number of participants at the opening session of the 13th Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue, which launched began on Tuesday under the theme “Religions and Human Rights,” stressed that human rights have become a global issue of concern to the international community, necessitating united efforts to protect and fulfill them without discrimination of colour, religion or race.

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Alliance of Virtue: Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Sign ‘Washington Declaration’ for Religious Tolerance

WASHINGTON — Over 400 Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders from all over the world affirmed on Wednesday a new declaration calling for the global protection of religious minorities and marginalized communities.

The “Washington Declaration” was unveiled after two days of collaboration among hundreds of interfaith leaders who gathered for the three-day “Alliance of Virtue” conference organized by the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies and its leader, Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, a Saudi Arabian Islamic Studies professor.

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Religious Leaders to Affirm Rights of Religious Minorities and Respect for Muslims in United States

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the annual National Prayer Breakfast, international religious leaders from across the theological and political spectrum will make a unified commitment to concrete actions calling for respect of Muslims in the United States and affirming the rights of religious minorities around the world, including Christians in Muslim countries.

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USCIRF: New Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom



WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) welcomes the confirmation today by the Senate of a new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. The White House nominated Governor Sam Brownback, who served in the Senate from 1996-2011, for the position in July of last year.

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