Statement of the Secretary General – Sri Lanka Attack;
The Statement of the Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace





New York | 22 April 2019
The Religions for Peace global family is deeply saddened by the despicable acts of terror that targeted hotels and Christian places of worship in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa during the holy celebration of Easter. We join the leaders of the Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace (RfP Sri Lanka) and the people of Sri Lanka as they grieve the loss of innocent lives.

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The Statement of the Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace

The Domestic Experience of Freedom of Religion or Belief

On Tuesday, 29 November 2016 the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into and report on The status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. That Committee has a Human Rights Sub-Committee which conducted the inquiry.

An interim report of the committee was issued in November, 2017. On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, the Sub-Committee tabled its second interim report for the Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. In this article, we select excerpts of the domestic experience of freedom of religion or belief as expressed by various religious communities in the report.

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From heaven to earth: Changing perspectives of modern religion


The demise of religion has been prophesied ever since the beginning of modernity. The main argument has been that as the scientific view of the world spread, faith would diminish. What mythology and speculation had spent centuries trying to explain would become the domain of science. But even four hundred years later, we are still surrounded by religion. Why?

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Second Report: Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief

On Tuesday, 29 November 2016 the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on The status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. An interim report of the committee was issued in November, 2017. On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, the Committe tabled its second interim report for the Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief.

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Vietnamese monks ordered to stop scamming faithful with ‘bad karma eviction’ ceremonies

Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop “soul summoning” and “bad karma eviction” ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam.

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New Zealand attack: Al Noor mosque imam tells world leaders to fight hate speech

An imam who survived the terror attack at Al Noor mosque has declared New Zealand “unbreakable” in a sermon attended by thousands in Christchurch on Friday and called on world leaders eliminate hate speech, saying the massacre “did not come overnight”.

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Reflections from the Western Wall on International Women’s Day

Tonight on the eve of Purim, I will gather 10 beloved women around me and recite Birkat HaGomeil (a prayer said in gratitude after one has overcome a dangerous or life-threatening event). In this blessing, I will hold close to me the hundreds of other women who were with me last Friday on Rosh Chodesh at the Western Wall (the Kotel). Women from across the religious (and secular) spectrum – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and ultra-Orthodox – flooded the Kotel, each driven by her own motivations and stances.

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“Dear Prime Minister …”: An Open Letter to Jacinda Ardern

Dear Prime Minister Ardern,
I am a 13-year-old Muslim girl from Australia and I would like to publicly share my appreciation with you. I belong to the generation that was born after 11 September 2001. I have never really contemplated how dark the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant language is that permeates Australian society, because it is all I have ever known. I guess I’ve become used to hearing political leaders use that same language.

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Dalai Lama Says His Successor May Come From India, Sends Message to China

Dharamshala: The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.

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Statement on New Zealand Attacks – Religions for Peace Australia

Dear Muslims of Australia, We as members of Religions for Peace Australia, part of the world’s largest interfaith coalition working for global and regional peace and Interreligious harmony, wish to express our solidarity with the Muslim peoples of Oceania and our unity in sorrow on this vicious attack in Christchurch. We mourn for the victims … Read more

Statement on Christchurch Attacks: Islamic Society of South Australia:

The Multifaith Association of South Australia shares our deep sorrow and send our condolences to the Muslim community of Christchurch who have lost loved ones in prayers today. We at Multifaith SA hold firm to our commitment to interfaith harmony and stand in solidarity with the community of Christchurch. Here is the Media Release from our friends at the Islamic Society of South Australia:

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