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New Charter Seeks to Build Global Support for Tolerance and Religious Freedom

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 dicembre 2019

This week some of the world’s most respected Islamic scholars, joined by experts from governments, civil society groups and other faiths, will launch a new effort to build global peace, based on tolerance and religious freedom. At the sixth Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, in Abu Dhabi, Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, President of the Forum, will inaugurate the charter of the “New Alliance of Virtue”. Its text will be revealed and signed by its first signatories.The charter aims to elevate religious freedom, cooperation, and tolerance from mere possibilities to necessary ethical commitments and legal obligations, especially in relation to the protection of places of worship whose attacks have threatened freedom of religion in many parts of the world.This initiative draws direct inspiration from the earliest traditions of Islam.
The original Alliance of Virtue (hilf al-fudul) was established in early 7th century AD (late 1st century BH) Mecca, in the house of Abdullah ibn Judan.Its purpose was to defend the weak and the innocent against the rapaciousness of those more powerful.The Prophet of Islam, Mohammad, and the first of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, Abu Bakr, were both present when the Alliance was formed, though it was before Mohammad’s prophethood. He later praised it, saying: “I was present in the house of Ibn Judan when an alliance was formed, and were I to have been called upon by it in Islam, I would have answered its call.”Last February in Washington D.C., H.E. Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace, led a panel of over 200 individuals from the three Abrahamic faiths and others, comprising religious leaders and senior politicians in creating the modern Alliance of Virtue between religions.The charter of the New Alliance of Virtue follows the model of the original, on a global scale. It brings together those of good-will for the benefit of humanity, an effort across religions to enable its members to live side-by-side in peace and happiness.The charter doesn’t aim to bridge theological differences, members will instead cooperate based on a common theology of God-given human dignity, seeking virtue for the benefit of all.

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Minister of Hajj and Umrah Inaugurates the Hajj Grand Symposium Titled “Islam Coexistence & Tolerance”

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 agosto 2019

Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammed Saleh bin Taher Bentin, inaugurated the 44th Hajj Grand Symposium at Makkah .titled “Islam Coexistence and Tolerance”, participated by elite scientists, doctors and intellectuals from Kingdom and abroad. HE said the symposium reflects the attention of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH Crown Prince to spread tolerance, the King’s follow-up of Hajj affairs and development projects in Makkah, Medinah and Mashaer.
HE stated the issuance of around 2 million e-visas without need to visit embassies. He said the symposium presented many scientific, medical and religious topics, adding: “Makkah today receives crowds of pilgrims equal to its population , the excellent organization makes us feel as though pilgrims are Makkah residents ,with about 350,000 workers serving the pilgrims. HE Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah, Advisor at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of KSRelief, reviewed the Center’s coexistence initiatives. During the session “Science and Islam in Serving the Societies” highlighting the Kingdom’s humanitarian support.Dr. Amr Ezzat, Chairman of Hospital 57357’s Board of Trustees, thanked the organizers. Dr. Abdullah Abu Bakar, Chairman of Sanid Cancer Patients Care, tackled health education for children.Dr. Husam Zawawi, Saudi bacteriologist and professor at KSUHS, listed the Kingdom’s efforts to reduce infectious diseases.In the session “Islam’s Methodology of Tolerance and Coexistence,” Sheikh Saad Al-Shathri, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Advisor and member of Senior Scholars Council, said: “Sympathy of Hajj workers influences pilgrims, and tolerance supports brotherhood”.
Adviser at the Royal Court and Senior Scholars member, Dr. Saleh Humaid said: “Coexistence brings all together.” President of the Holy Mosque, Prophet’s Mosque and Holy Mosque’s Imam, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, noted: “Hajj is a practical message. Quran and Sunnah cared for coexistence.” Kyrgyzstan’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Maqsid Bek said: “Mankind has never known coexistence as in Islam.” Symposium’s other sessions included “Humanity in Digital Age”, “Gates of Guidance to Islam” chaired by Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat, Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umra.Concluding all sessions, Chairman of Symposium’s Executive Committee, Dr. Abdul Aziz Wazzan, thanked Minister of Hajj and Umrah and his Deputy for their contribution to the symposium’s successful end, praise be to God Almighty.

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Developing Tolerance is Imperative for Students to Flourish in a Diverse World

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 settembre 2018

Top Global Teachers have shared their unique perspectives with CMRubinWorld on how education can help students find a “common ground” as part of the important 21st century skills needed to flourish in a diverse world.International migration has increased social and cultural diversity significantly. Fighting bias remains a local and global challenge. Students are facing a world infused with differences, where their tolerance and ability to cope with differences determine whether they can thrive in society. Children in the 21st century need to be able “to cross cultural boundaries, regardless of ethnic boundaries, race, age, geography or other boundaries,” says teacher Nam Ngo Thanh based in Vietnam. “An alternative rhetoric of ‘us’ is needed to build others as we grow and not at the expense of others,” notes Miriam Mason based in Sierra Leone. “A restorative approach strives to develop compliance with social norms and rules through internalization of responsibility for one’s action and a respect for the rights of other people,” says Maarit Rossi based in Finland.

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A half-victory for tolerance in Indonesia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 febbraio 2017

indonesiaMILLIONS of Indonesians went to the polls on February 15th to elect local leaders, from Aceh in the west to Papua in the east. Voters braved the floods and landslides of the rainy season to cast their ballots in a massive exercise of democracy. But the day was dominated by the race for governor of Jakarta, the capital, which had become a test of tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim country. The embattled incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, is a Christian of Chinese descent and thus a member of two tiny minorities.Islamists tried to turn voters against Mr Basuki, known to all as Ahok, by accusing him of insulting the Koran. On the day, Ahok came first but fell short of an absolute majority, with 43% of the vote, according to unofficial results. This means the election will be decided by a run-off on April 19th. Ahok will face Anies Baswedan, a former education minister, who had been trailing in early polls but ended up taking 40% of the vote. Agus Yudhoyono, the son of a former president, got just 17%. He is now out of the race.Speaking at his ramshackle campaign headquarters in a leafy neighbourhood, Ahok vowed to fight on. He will have to campaign vigorously to win the run-off. Many Jakartans approve of his urban-renewal schemes, but Islamists are not his only detractors: many oppose the evictions of slum-dwellers that his infrastructure schemes necessitate. Marcus Mietzner of the Australian National University reckons that Ahok will struggle to woo Mr Yudhoyono’s voters, given the “extreme acrimony” between the two camps.Ahok had been deputy governor, but won an automatic promotion when his predecessor, Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, stood down to run for president in 2014. He had therefore faced voters only as Jokowi’s running-mate, during the previous election for governor in 2012. Ahok’s re-election had seemed assured until September, when he told a group of fishermen that he understood some of them would not vote for him because they had been deceived into believing that the Koran forbids them to vote for a Christian.
Islamists accused Ahok of denigrating the word of God. They stirred up sectarian outrage further by spreading a doctored clip of the speech on the internet and staged protests to press the authorities to arrest him. Prosecutors eventually charged Ahok with blasphemy. Since December he has appeared in court once a week as the trial proceeds.
On the final day of the campaign, tens of thousands of people gathered at Jakarta’s largest mosque to hear preachers tell them it was God’s will that they cast their ballot for one of the two Muslim candidates. The driving force behind the rally was Rizieq Shihab, the fiery leader of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a vigilante group. Outside the mosque, a giant banner strung across a highway read “Arrest Ahok the blasphemer”. Crowds posed beside placards claiming that it is sinful for Muslims to vote for a kafir, or infidel. Hawkers sold knick-knacks depicting Mr Shihab, the self-proclaimed “imam besar” (supreme leader) of all Indonesia’s Muslims.
But the latest anti-Ahok protest was much smaller than the biggest one, in December, which drew some 500,000 people. This may signal waning support for the Islamist agitators, notably the sanctimonious Mr Shihab, who is caught up in a sexting scandal. Nonetheless, the next two months of campaigning are widely expected to turn even nastier now that the election is a two-man race between a Christian and a Muslim.Ahok’s opponents seem to have concluded that the surest path to victory is to pander to the sectarians. Both Mr Baswedan and Mr Yudhoyono attended dawn prayers with Mr Shihab at the latest rally, even though moderate Muslim groups had told their members to stay away. Mr Baswedan, who was once feted as a model of tolerance, also gave a speech at FPI’s headquarters in January alongside Mr Shihab, who has twice been convicted of hate speech and used to be shunned by mainstream politicians.Even if Ahok (pictured) were to win in April, the courts could yet convict him. Blasphemy carries a prison sentence of up to five years, and almost all those charged with it are convicted, presumably because judges are afraid of being harassed by Islamists themselves if they dare to acquit supposed enemies of the faith. In theory, Ahok could still serve as governor while he exhausts the lengthy appeals process. In practice, however, he would come under intense pressure to step down.Although voters’ continued, if diminished, enthusiasm for Ahok is encouraging, the election has propelled fringe Islamist groups to the forefront of politics. That is also likely to be a feature of the next presidential poll, in 2019. Ahok is a close ally of Jokowi and is backed by the same party. Mr Baswedan, for his part, is backed by Prabowo Subianto, a former army general who narrowly lost the last presidential election. Mr Prabowo is an old-fashioned nationalist, not an Islamist, but he has mobilised the Muslim vote partly by allying with a religious party popular among poor voters. The current configuration of forces suggests that arguments about Islam could play a pivotal role in Indonesian politics for years to come. (by The Economist)

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Zero tolerance for severe forms of labour exploitation needed,FRA study says

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 giugno 2015

consumersConsumers are often unaware that the food they eat or the clothes they buy may have been produced by people working under conditions of severe labour exploitation. A new report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows that while the EU has legislation prohibiting certain forms of severe labour exploitation, workers moving within or migrating to the EU are at risk of becoming victims. Despite this, the offence of employing a migrant worker under particularly exploitative working conditions is punishable in some EU Member States with a maximum sentence of less than two years, a penalty that does not reflect the gravity of the fundamental rights violations involved.“The exploitation of workers who have been forced by their economic and social circumstances to agree to substandard working conditions is unacceptable,” said FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. “We are talking here about an endemic problem that we must take urgent action to end. EU Member States need to make a greater effort to promote a climate of zero tolerance for severe forms of labour exploitation and take steps to monitor the situation more effectively and sanction perpetrators.”FRA’s new report is the first of its kind to comprehensively explore all criminal forms of labour exploitation in the EU affecting workers moving within or into the EU. The findings show that criminal labour exploitation is extensive in a number of industries, particularly agriculture, construction, hotel and catering, domestic work, and manufacturing, and also that perpetrators are at little risk of prosecution or of having to compensate victims. This situation does not only harm the victims themselves, but also undermines labour standards more broadly.While exploited workers are spread across different geographical locations and sectors of the economy, they often have much in common, such as very low wages – sometimes of €1 per hour or less – and working days of 12 hours or more for six or even seven days a week. One important factor contributing to the present situation of widespread impunity is a lack of reporting by victims, who are either prevented from doing so or do not wish to come forward for fear of losing their job.Among proposals FRA makes in the report to improve the situation are the following:
EU Member States must ensure a comprehensive, effective and well-resourced system of workplace inspections.To improve the effectiveness of investigations into cases of severe labour exploitation, close links should be established between the police, public prosecutors and monitoring authorities such as labour inspectorates, support services, and employers’ associations, also in cross-border contexts.Victims’ access to justice needs to be strengthened, e.g. through greater efforts to make victims aware of their rights, both before and after their arrival in the EU country in which they are working. National authorities need to establish trust and provide a sense of safety, security and protection to encourage exploited workers to report their experiences, while labour inspectorates and police should cooperate more closely to ensure they identify cases of severe labour exploitation wherever they occur.
Both private companies and national authorities are called on to ensure they avoid supporting labour exploitation by contracting or subcontracting companies involved in the exploitation of workers.Consumers must be informed of the risks that a product or service offered was created involving severe labour exploitation by such means as a system of certification and branding of products of companies that respect workers’ rights.

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