King Abdullah Interfaith Dialogue World Center’s Chief Takes Part, in Swiss CAUX Forum

Riyadh, Secretary-General of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Interfaith Dialogue Faisal bin Muammar participated in the annual CAUX Swiss Forum, under the motto: Towards a World of Universal Peace", in collaborat...

Riyadh, Secretary-General of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Interfaith Dialogue Faisal bin Muammar participated in the annual CAUX Swiss Forum, under the motto: Towards a World of Universal Peace", in collaboration with representatives of the Center for Justice and Peace-building; and the World Civil Society Network.

Main aims of the Forum are to build dialogue and communication skills for people, groups and organizations and a world of justice, peace and coexistence, with the participation of officials and non-governmental organizations and the United Nations

development aid agencies.

The forum focused on developing appropriate tools and means to build peace and coexistence in diverse societies and discuss how best to help diverse religious groups to consolidate coexistence, under the umbrella of joint citizenship and how to harmonize religious and ethnic affiliations, to achieve coexistence and integration under the umbrella of joint citizenship.

Participants discussed joint living, how to deal with returnees from extremism voluntarily to their communities, studying ways to address the needs of victims of violent extremism and how to restore communities that suffered from violent extremism, including training on dialogue and tools for coexistence with realistic studies from around the world.

Bin Muammar, was the keynote speaker, during the opening session, and presented a paper entitled: "Dialogue and preservation of humanity of the other: promoting coexistence or building walls of fear".

The paper added that by adhering to our common values in our religious beliefs and in universal human rights declaration, referring to the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and must treat each other in a spirit of brotherhood. We know that wars and conflicts cause people to flee their homes, their families and their homelands, bin Muammar said.

He reviewed part of the suffering of some refugees in Europe, the classification of immigrant neighborhoods in the ghetto - or a poor and isolated neighborhood areas, where there are a religious or ethnic minorities; citing some exclusionary laws and procedures towards some displaced persons and refugees.

The Secretary-General of the World Center for Dialogue asked whether extremism in recent years, provided by regional instability and the lack of strong leadership in the countries of some troubled societies, has made it fertile ground for violent extremists to manipulate religion.

The result is the displacement and flight of hundreds of thousands who have no means of ensuring security for their families, he concluded.

Source: Saudi Press Agency