Supporting the Citizenship Rights of Christians, Muslims and Other Religious and Ethnic Groups in the Middle East

High level Christian and Muslim religious leaders from the Middle East met in Athens and endorsed the “Athens Declaration: United Against Violence in the Name of Religion – Supporting the Citizenship Rights of Christians, Muslims and Other Religious and Ethnic Groups in the Middle East”. The meeting, which took place from 2 to 3 September, was a joint initiative of KAICIID and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Vienna, with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting brought together Christian and Muslim religious leaders from across the Middle East, including representatives from the Armenian, Catholic, Evangelical, Rum (Greek) Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, Sunni, Shi’a and Druze communities.

 Athens Declaration

 

“Violence being committed in the name of religion, and extremism occurs more frequently worldwide. Persecution is threatening to wipe out entire religious communities. The need for dialogue has never been more urgent. And as you are well aware, some of the groups that have suffered most from this march of hatred have been Christian and other religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands have been subjected to brutal violence and horrific torment or forced to flee their homes. Communities that have constituted an integral and vibrant part of the Middle East’s religious and cultural diversity for thousands of years have been violently uprooted. And the situation continues to worsen.” -KAICIID Secretary General

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United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Patriarch Aram I Keshishian

United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Supporting the Citizenship Rights of Christians, Muslims and Other Religious and Ethnic Groups in the Middle East, September 2015, Athens – Greece. Interview with H.H. Patriarch Aram I Keshishian, Head of the Catholicosate of Cilicia

United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Sayyid Al Amin

United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Supporting the Citizenship Rights of Christians, Muslims and Other Religious and Ethnic Groups in the Middle East, September 2015, Athens – Greece. Interview with H.E. Sayyid Al Amin, Shia Religious Leader from Lebanon

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Athens 2015 Photos

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Opening Press Release / English / German / Spanish / French
Closing Press Release / English

Conference Agenda / English
List of Participants / English

KAICIID Conference Declaration / English / Arabic

About KAICIID Factsheet / English / Spanish