Recent acts of ethnic-based violence highlight need for greater dialogue – UN official

High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Nasser briefs the press. UN Photo/Mark Garten

20 July 2013 – Deeply concerned about the increasing number of acts of violence worldwide based on ethnicity and religion, a senior United Nations official has called for addressing the root causes of such violence and promoting dialogue and tolerance.

“Such acts develop into incitement to hatred, racism, and xenophobia that often lead to national, regional and international instability,” said a statement issued on behalf of Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.

“These acts are contrary to the values the Alliance of Civilizations is striving to promote such as cultural diversity, inclusiveness, religious tolerance and meaningful dialogue in accordance with the UN Charter.”

Mr. Al-Nasser urged concerned religious and political leaders to address the root causes of ethnic and religious violence and uphold the rule of law, as well as engage in preventive diplomacy efforts with the aim of ensuring peace and security, protecting human rights and strengthening efforts leading to sustainable development.

“The High Representative reiterates the importance of building bridges between ethnic groups to create an environment conducive to reconciliation, peace and prosperity for all,” the statement added.

Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, and under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance seeks to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide.


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