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2017 International Peace Day

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace Dr. Widad has issued a statement to express solidarity with the victims of armed violence and to call on Egypt, Myanmar, North Korea, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Pakistan and those supporting ISIS to stop their violations of human rights.

“We can work together to transform injustice into justice, fear into freedom, slavery into liberty, sorrow and stress into peace. Join us and stand up for human rights! Spread the message of peace among all peoples and nations… Today and every day, let us strengthen the ideals of peace and togetherness… Let us get together to promote peace, respect, safety and dignity for ALL.”

 

 

“Dr. Widad Statement on World Peace Day

 

Happy International Peace Day, everyone!

Today, allow me to ask you to light a candle for all those who have lost their lives to armed violence and for the survivors whose trauma and pains know no end. This year, our message is: We can work together to transform injustice into justice, fear into freedom, slavery into liberty, sorrow and stress into peace. Join us and stand up for human rights! Spread the message of peace among all peoples and nations.

 

At this juncture, we urge:

* Egypt to make the protection of Coptic Christians a national priority;

* Those accused of supporting ISIS to stop sponsoring systematic rape and enslavement of women and children;

* Myanmar to end the recent violence that has displaced more than 370,000 Rohingya Muslims.

* North Korea to refrain from violating UN Security Council resolution;

* Turkey to halt mass arrests and to put a stop to torture and the cruel crackdown on civil society and on Kurds;

* Syria to reduce the circle of violence and stop using heavy weapons against civilians;

* Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria to stop denying the right of Kurdish people to be free of oppression and persecution and to respect the right of the people of Kurdistan to live in a free, independent state that would develop ties of solidarity with all the peoples of the world; and

* Pakistan to put a stop to the restrictions placed on local, national and international NGOs working in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The authorities should also stop a range of abuses committed against the people of Balochistan, including torture, extra-judicial killings, intimidation and discrimination of women, enforced disappearances and degrading treatment, religious persecution of minorities, and the targeting of journalists, civil society activists and human rights defenders.

 

Today and every day, let us strengthen the ideals of peace and togetherness. Let us be kind to one another. Let us get together to promote peace, respect, safety and dignity for ALL.”

 

Dr. Widad

Issued on 21 September 2017