CSW celebrates International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
Christian Solidarity Worldwide joins with other members of the international community in marking the International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, and in calling for action to prevent such violence from occurring. reproduce and to ensure justice for survivors.
A resolution, tabled by Poland and co-sponsored by more than 80 UN member states, was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on May 28, 2019, making August 22 the annual International Day of Remembrance of victims of violence based on religion or belief. The appeals contained in the text of the resolution specifically urge all UN member states to observe the day appropriately alongside organizations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organizations and members of civil society. .
The founding resolution of the International Day emphasizes the vital role of fundamental human rights such as freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association in the fight against all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief.
Religious and belief communities continue to suffer violations from law enforcement authorities, dominant religious communities or tribes, or extremist groups. The International Day also provides an opportunity to highlight current cases of violence, intolerance or discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and to question the climates of impunity that prevail for violations. egregious ongoing violence based on religion or belief.
For example, around 2,000 Yazidi women remain missing as a result of the Islamic State terrorists’ occupation of the Nineveh Plains and the Sinjar region of Iraq. The Bahá’í community in Iran, which continues to be the target of official discrimination and hate speech, recently witnessed the destruction of family homes in Mazandaran province, while the Christian community remains the target. the target of a campaign of harassment, arbitrary arrests and imprisonment. Terrorist factions in northeast Nigeria attack Christian communities and Muslims who do not espouse their extremist views, while religious affiliation is increasingly instrumentalized to inspire militia violence against predominantly Christian communities in the central and southern states. In India, most victims of widespread community violence targeting the Christian community in Kandhamal district, Odisha, in 2008 have still not been brought to justice, while a recent video of a mob attack taking place was produced in the presence of the police against a Muslim man accused of attempting to forcibly convert a Hindu woman provided the latest indication of growing animosity towards the Muslim community.
CSW Founding President Mervyn Thomas said: “CSW welcomes, once again, the focus on victims of violence based on religion or belief. We hope that this day, with its call to action, will raise awareness of the serious and motivated violence, discrimination and intolerance in all its forms, while serving as a focal point to address human rights violations. right to freedom of religion or belief. We stand in solidarity with the victims and welcome the continued global recognition this day receives. We also recognize that with global recognition comes the global responsibility to promote, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of religion or belief (ForRB) for all. Religiously motivated violence is a worrying and common violation of this basic human right. brought to justice are essential steps in ensuring the full enjoyment of the FoRB by all communities of religion or belief. s, to join us in marking today by condemning violence against religious minorities and renewing their efforts to ensure justice for survivors. “
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Key words: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, CSW, Mervyn Thomas, Violence
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