Dear Partners in Peace, Religions for Peace is filled with sorrow for the innocent people killed in France. We cry out in anguish over their blood, which was shed to terrorize and divide people. We are in prayerful solidarity with their families and loved ones.

It saddens us unspeakably whenever religion is twisted and distorted to justify violence. Morally u nited across all our diverse religious traditions, we utterly reject and condemn violence committed in the name of religion. Not only is it profoundly cruel, cowardly and misguided; it is also a criminal behavior that needs to be addressed by all due legal means.

Together, we firmly reject the attempts to polarize and divide our religious communities. Are we to let these cruel and senseless murders fuel distrust and cycles of violence amongst diverse religious, cultural and political communities? With a single heart, we answer No!

Read more: Religions for Peace statement on the terrorist attack in Paris

 

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We, the UK Chapter of Religions for Peace, a multi-religious platform, support the various declarations from Muslim Organizations in UK, in condemning the heinous acts of a deluded group, calling itself the Islamic State.

 

We deplore their actions against individuals and groups, their cowardly murders of unarmed men, women and 

We denounce their concept of no freedom, no liberty no justice for anyone other than themselves.children.

Their actions against humanity cannot be justified by any scripture or have the blessing of the One who has many names.

Read more: RfP UK Declaration on ISIS

brusselsIn the light of the tragedy at Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, where 4 people were killed, we call our RfP EIYN members and friends to show your solidarity with Jewish community in different parts of Europe and join us in prayers for those who lost their lives, for the recovery of those injured and prayers for restoring sense of security and peace for all faith communities in Europe.

Read more: Interfaith response to Brussel’s killings

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Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network is represented by Julia Maria Koszewska (member of EIYN's Core Group) at annual conference on human rights of OSCE – Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, taking place now in Warsaw, Poland.

The conference started on 24 September and will last till 5 of October. Religions for Peace is represented there by 3 members of European Council of Religious Leaders, Religions for Peace (ECRL): Stein Villumstad – secretary general of ECRL, Julia Maria Koszewska -member of ECRL (representing at ECRL our youth network), Mahrezia Labidi - ECRL member and vicechair Chair of Constituent Assembly of Tunis, as well as Emir Kovacevic – General Secretary of Inter-religious Council of Bosnia&Herzegovina.

Read more: EIYN at OSCE’s human rights conference in Warsaw

"We, the youth of different faith groups, are determined to live together in peace and mutual appreciation. We are united in the belief that it is our duty to play a crucial role in overcoming violence and striving for justice. This ideal will only be achieved through interfaith cooperation, which will be facilitated by the establishment of the European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN)"; Geneva declaration

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