Arc of History Bending Towards (Ab) Using Democracy & Human Rights: A Plea for Multi-Religious Civil Accountability

By Azza Karam       

NEW YORK, Feb 21 2022 (IPS) – A “Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, issued on February 4, 2022 on International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development”, contains laudable and strong language about commitment to democracy and human rights:

The sides [the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China] call on all States to pursue well-being for all and, with these ends, to build dialogue and mutual trust, strengthen mutual understanding, champion such universal human values as peace, development, equality, justice, democracy and freedom, respect the rights of peoples to independently determine the development paths of their countries and the sovereignty and the security and development interests of States, to protect the United Nations-driven international architecture and the international law-based world order, seek genuine multipolarity with the United Nations and its Security Council playing a central and coordinating role, promote more democratic international relations, and ensure peace, stability and sustainable development across the world… The sides share the understanding that democracy is a universal human value, rather than a privilege of a limited number of States, and that its promotion and protection is a common responsibility of the entire world community.”

The fact that these are the words from one country that is amassing thousands of troops on the borders of a sovereign nation (threatening to enter it and ‘protect’ its people at any moment as of the writing of this), together with another country which is denying the existence of camps housing over a million people of one particular religion and ethnicity, within its borders, is interesting – eerily so. 

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Appello alla pace di RfP per l’Ucraina

Statement of Religions for Peace 27 January 2022

We, men and women faith leaders, representing all faith traditions within Europe are joined by our peers from all corners of the world of Religions for Peace.

As faith communities and religious leaders, we are obliged constantly to remind people about the obligation and responsibility to choose peace through dialogue. Our role is to pray for and support peaceful resolutions of conflict situations, with a priority for the security of civilians, including the most vulnerable among them.

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Onore a David Sassoli, Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, uomo giusto.

La scorsa notte David Sassoli, nostro connazionale. Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, ci ha laciati.

Rendiamo onore ad un uomo gentile e buono la cui morte prematura ci addolora molto. 

Sia di esempio, non solo per i politici, il suo agire costantemente ispirato ai valori della dignità umana, della libertà, dell’equità, della pace. 

Sia la sua memoria benedetta.