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World Council of Churches welcomes Marrakesh Declaration by Muslims on religious freedom

February 02, 2016

Geneva (epd). The World Council of Churches (WCC) has commended the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Countries. "It is a timely and significant text with an important message for us all," said Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. In his view, the Marrakesh Declaration is a defence of religious freedom.

Hundreds of Muslim scholars and intellectuals from over 120 countries, along with representatives of Islamic and international organizations adopted the declaration during a conference from 25 to 27 January in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Against aggression and war in the name of Islam

The supporters of the declaration also oppose aggression and war in the name of Islam. They expressly deplore the ongoing violence in different parts of the Islamic world. Tveit noted that Muslim leaders were "showing the way toward a future of living together on a shared platform of equal rights, mutual care and respect".

The conference in Marrakesh marked the 1400th anniversary of the Charter of Medina, concluded between the Prophet Mohammed and the population of the city. The WCC recognized that the Charter of Medina guaranteed religious freedom for all.

The Marrakesh conference was held under the auspices of the King Mohammed VI of Morocco. It was organized by the Moroccan government in cooperation with a Muslim organization in the United Arab Emirates. The WCC, which has about 350 member churches, is strongly in favour of intensive dialogue between Muslims and Christians.



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