The groundbreaking United Against Violence in the Name or Religion, or Religions Unite, initiative was launched in Vienna in November 2014 to denounce violence in the name of religion. Under UVNR, KAICIID is working with high-level level representatives of five world religions, as well as Christian, Muslim and other minority religious communities In Iraq, Syria and the Middle East. This includes representatives of the Armenian Orthodox Church, the Council of Senior Scholars from Saudi Arabia, the Iraqi Muslim Association, the Mouwahiddoun Druze, the Yazidis, Evangelicals, Maronites, Melkite Greek Catholics and Protestant communities, among many others. Together, UVNR stakeholders engage the international community to support conditions for living together and to strengthen common citizenship for all religious and ethnic groups in the region. Under the UVNR initiative, KAICIID is undertaking activities with a range of partners, including UNESCO, UNDP, the UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide and ISESCO, as well as various NGOs.

 Vienna Declaration

 

 KAICIID is committed to working with our partners to reduce conflict and build trust among and between communities.  For us to faithfully accomplish this goal, we will rely on the support of policy makers, religious leaders and international organizations.

Join us, as we work towards converting the recommendations of this meeting into focused, effective outcomes that can bring about peace and reconciliation to the citizens of Iraq and Syria.

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United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Mohammed Abu-Nimer

United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Supporting Religious and Cultural Diversity in Iraq and Syria, November 2014, Vienna – Austria. Interview with Mohammed Abu-Nimer

United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Adama Dieng

United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Supporting Religious and Cultural Diversity in Iraq and Syria, November 2014, Vienna – Austria. Interview with Adama Dieng

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 The manipulation of religion in Iraq and Syria has horrific human consequences. Today we witnessed a reason for hope: the conviction and resolve of religious leaders from many different faiths, speaking with one voice, to say that ISIS and other extremist groups do not act in the name of religion”. “The KAICIID Dialogue Centre is privileged to have brought these religious leaders together, and is committed to work with them, and with our partners in the international community, to help build peace for the people who suffer in this crisis, and to ensure that the world hears this call for action.” - KAICIID SG

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2014 Conference Photo

Conference Photos

 

Shabak mother with child in a mosque in Bardarash, Northern Iraq.

Humanitarian Crisis Caused by Violence in Iraq & Syria

 

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Opening Press Release / English / German
Closing Press Release / English

Conference Programme 19th Nov / English / Arabic
KAICIID Conference Declaration / English / Arabic / German

2014 Recommendations and KAICIID Initiatives / English

About KAICIID Factsheet / English / Spanish