UN / RELIGIOUS LEADERS

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the Fez Plan of Action sets out a broad range of ways in which religious leaders can prevent incitement to violence and contribute to peace and stability adding that “all religions teach respect for life, and recognize human beings as fundamentally equal.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / RELIGIOUS LEADERS
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

14 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“All religions teach respect for life, and recognize human beings as fundamentally equal. These principles summon us to show respect for all human beings, even those with whom we might profoundly disagree or whose cultures might seem alien.”
4. Wide shot, religious leaders
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nations:
“Human rights form the backbone of the plan of action, in particular the right to freedom of expression and opinion, freedom of religion and belief, and freedom of peaceful association.”
6. Wide shot, religious leaders
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdullah Bin Bayyah, President, Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies:
“Despite the positive aspects of freedom of expression in different environments, we believe that one of the greatest inciters to violence and hate are the actions of some modern media outlets which have mastered the art of broadcasting conflicts; to such a degree that as soon as a conflict erupts they categorize the sides and give them titles to defend as they broadcast day and night to an audience that has not been immunized and has not created a tolerance which would prevent them from responding to the calls of wars and self-destruction. As old Arabic proverb says, ‘the beginning of war is words.’”
8. Wide shot, meeting room

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the Fez Plan of Action sets out a broad range of ways in which religious leaders can prevent incitement to violence and contribute to peace and stability adding that “all religions teach respect for life, and recognize human beings as fundamentally equal.”

Speaking to religious leaders in New York today (14 Jul), Guterres said he firmly believes in the power of faith leaders to shape the world for good adding that faith is central to hope and resilience. He said, despite this, religion is being twisted and cynically manipulated to justify incitement to violence and discrimination. Guterres said the plan of action sets out a broad range of ways in which religious leaders can prevent incitement to violence and contribute to peace and stability.

The Fez Plan of Action is the product of two years of consultations led by Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. It involved over 232 religious leaders from 77 countries representing different faiths, as well as faith based organisations and many others. The Plan is meant for religious leaders and actors to prevent incitements to violence that could leader to atrocity crimes, such as genocide.
Special Adviser Dieng said “human rights form the backbone of the plan of action, in particular the right to freedom of expression and opinion, freedom of religion and belief, and freedom of peaceful association.” He said the plan has three sets of recommendations including prevention, strengthening societal resilience, and ways to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

Shiekh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, said combating violence has been the most important problem that faced humanity since it first walked the Earth. He said despite the positive aspects of freedom of expression in different environments, he believes that “one of the greatest inciters to violence and hate are the actions of some modern media outlets which have mastered the art of broadcasting conflicts.” He added that these outlets broadcast the conflicts “day and night to an audience that has not been immunized and has not created a tolerance which would prevent them from responding to the calls of wars and self-destruction.” He called for an understanding on the connection between freedom of expression and the responsibility for the consequences of the expressions stressing the need for a review of the principles of freedom of expression with a pragmatic approach.
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