Religious leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region, including Sri Lanka, met in Bangkok to develop a regional strategy for the prevention of incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.
Religious leaders and actors from thirteen countries took part in the meeting from the Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths. The meeting was organised by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect in collaboration with the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) and the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Former Colombo Anglican Bishop Duleep de Chickera, WCC representative, noted how the Asia-Pacific region “is today dangerously influenced by hatred and division […] Some of this is caused by religion.” Bishop De Chickera called on participants to join hands to counter incitement to violence.
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