religious leaders

Iraq: ISIL’s acts of terror ‘divorced from the values of all faiths’ 

Religious leaders from communities across Iraq called for greater “healing and reconciliation” during a UN-organized event on Thursday, reaffirming their commitment to support survivors of crimes perpetrated by ISIL terrorist fighters.


UN chief appeals to ‘common humanity’ across all faiths, in tackling the coronavirus

Our shared vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic reveals “our common humanity”, the UN chief said on Tuesday during an online meeting with religious leaders on the important role they can play, in limiting the damage caused by COVID-19.

Iraq: Religious leaders issue unprecedented call to support victims of ISIL terror, including fighters’ children  

Children are born innocent, “regardless” of their relationship to extremist fighters from the terrorist group known as ISIL or Da’esh, “and they should be treated with kindness and love”.  

That’s one of the key points emphasized by religious leaders in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, in an unprecedented joint declaration, calling for justice on behalf of victims of the terrorist group, which once controlled large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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More women religious leaders needed to help prevent atrocities

More women are needed in religious leadership roles to help realize a new plan to prevent future atrocity crimes.

That’s the view of Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary for Public Witness at the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva.

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Religious leaders find common ground to prevent future atrocities

Religious leaders from around the world are coming together at UN Headquarters on Friday to launch a new action plan aimed at preventing future genocide.

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