Geneva: Morocco ‘Keen’ to Build Bridges between Religions

8 March 2024
Geneva: Morocco ‘Keen’ to Build Bridges between Religions

Morocco, a country of openness, is “keen” to build bridges between cultures and religions, as enshrined in the Kingdom’s intrinsically multicultural identity, reflected in the fundamental provisions of the Constitution, Morocco’s Permanent Mission in Geneva stressed on Friday.

Speaking at a panel discussion on “countering religious hatred constituting incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence,” held as part of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), chaired by Morocco, the mission said that Pope Francis’ visit to Morocco in 2019 intimately embodies Morocco’s approach to inter-religious dialogue, recalling the launch of the “Al Quds Appeal” by HM King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis, which seeks to safeguard and promote the multi-religious character, spiritual dimension and special identity of the Holy City, as a symbol of coexistence and common civilizational heritage.

“Islam, in its truest acceptation, is a religion of openness, moderation, tolerance and dialogue between cultures and civilizations, and cannot be the receptacle of an outpouring of hatred,” according to the same source.

Morocco welcomed the holding of the debate on the fight against religious hatred, insofar as it enables us to “take the pulse of a context marked by the multiplication of hate speech and acts of violence based on religious motives.”

Morocco’s mission highlighted the resolution on “the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief”, proposed by Morocco and unanimously adopted in July 2023, adding that this text provides for respect for religions and beliefs as an inalienable international right.

In this context, the Kingdom reiterated its “profound belief that freedom of religion and freedom of expression are indissociable, even consubstantial,” noting that the Rabat Plan constitutes an “important tool” in the fight against hate speech.

Source: la presse

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