19-11-2012 Statement of the Participants at the Interfaith Event

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A Statement of the Participants at the Interfaith Event held at the

European Commission on the 19th of November 2012

“STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN”

We, women, men, children and young people, compelled by our faith and religious commitments, coming from various European countries and belonging to many of the world’s religions, have participated in a Interfaith Ceremony at the European Commission to celebrate the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and the Water Campaign under the theme: “The right of children to water and to live in a world without violence“

An escalation of violence toward children has filled out the planet.

Our hearts cry out! Today children are, more than ever, victims of armed conflicts. Innocent children are dying in Syria, Palestine, Israel, Congo and other countries. They run away as refugees and displaced populations escaping from the horror of the bombs and the rocks. Who will do justice to them? How can we protect our children’s life in an effective way?

Despite all the economic prosperity and all the efforts done, many children are still suffering from poverty. They are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation in both domestic and commercial settings. Increasingly, children are being exposed to child pornography, through film, television and internet. Children are also increasingly subjected to deteriorating environmental factors including polluted water and the denial of their right to water.

Violence goes against Values and Ethics.

We wonder where are the ethical and spiritual values that we received from our ancestral traditions and diverse spiritualities. How are they guiding the life of our communities and societies? With sadness we see that the values of respect, dialogue, forgiveness and understanding are being ignored. We have not always put into adequate practice our own deepest insights into the dignity of the child.  The reality of violence against children affects seriously the arduous work for peace that is being done by NGOs, UN bodies like UNICEF and also by schools, youth groups and religious communities.

We react with determination to the use of violence.

This situation can and must be changed. Ethical and moral values are essential for the revival of our civilization and for giving Hope back to children. Children are a source of hope for our societies, and the recognition of their innate dignity is vital to empower them as active citizens and builders of the global society.

In joining the Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child we say: It’s time to say NO to the use of instruments of violence especially against children and ensure that they have the right to clean water! It’s time to stop all violence that affects children!

Dr. Younes Aberkane
Muslim Scouts ofFrance
Muslim Scouts ofFrance
President

Adalberta Bernardini
Representative of Religions for Peace to FAO
Advisor of European Women of Faith Network EWFN
Co-chair of Italian Women of Faith – IWFN

HE Dr. Mustafa Ceric
Grand Mufti (reis-ul-ulema) ofBosnia andHerzegovina
Member of European Council of Religious Leaders – ECRL

Brigitte Charlier
Representative of Religions for Peace to UNESCO
Advisor of European Women of Faith Network EWFN
Member of the Religions for Peace France -CMRP

Luigi De Salvia
Chair of Religioni per la Pace Italia

Aïcha Haddou
Representative and adviser of European Women of Faith Network
Co-chair Belgian Women of Faith Network
Chair of the Interfaith Standing Committee, International Council of Jewish Women,
Member of the Coordinating Committee of European Women of Faith -EWFN

Nadine Iarchy-Zucker
Chair of the Interfaith Standing Committee, International Council of Jewish Women,
Member of the Coordinating Committee of European Women of Faith –EWFN

Yolande Iliano
President Religions for PeaceEurope
Co-chair European Women of Faith Network

Mohammed Jamouchi
Secretary General (ff) WCRP-Belgium

Kristīne Jansone
General Secretary of Ecumenical Youth Council inEurope– EYCE
Member of European Interfaith Youth Network – EIYN

Laurent Klein
Representative of Religions for Peace France -CMRP

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra
Chair of RfPUK
Assistant Secretary General of The Muslim Council ofBritain

Sister Marian Murcia
Holy Family Sisters
Member of European Council of Religious Leaders -ECRL

Marta Palma
Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC)Europe

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp
Founding member of Green Cross International
Chair of Hope Foundation for Children for Universal Education
Member of the Steering Committee of the World Council of Religious Leaders
Member of European Council of Religious Leaders –ECRL

Bishop Carlos Lopez Lozano
Episcopal Church Spain, Anglican Community

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