AMI Participation in the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Monday 7th of December 2015  was the date chosen for the Symposium on Religious Studies at Oxford, in which the Former Senator of the Republic of Colombia,

Carlos Alberto Baena, had thirty minutes to talk about freedom of expression and religious freedom, pillars of Western and democratic society.

Over those three days, Oxford gathered together the most distinguished professors from different universities and institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, Qatar, Nigeria, India, Morocco, Colombia, Pakistan, Portugal, among others, to address the issues that gave way to this Symposium on Religious Studies; in which the AMI explained that religious communities have a key role in the peace processes and post-conflict, highlighting that most religions study human behaviour and human life, responding in some way to essential questions on the behaviour of humans. This leads man to conduct himself based on respect and human dignity without which social life would be completely impossible.

The AMI said that religious convictions, when using reconciliation as a tool, with their consistent messages can be an inspiration to educate children and youth in respectful pluralism seeing as religions provide different concepts that can intervene in reconciliation, such as, denoting forgiveness, which is needed in order to not be anchored to the past and move towards peace, and societies need to favour proper personal and collective development.

Dr. Carlos Baena Conferencia

Dr Carlos Alberto Baena advocated for the compliance of human rights and so it is understood that all of them are necessary for life in society in order to contribute to the effective development of individuals, not only collective rights but also those born of the privacy of individuals: the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The International Miraism Association denounced that antireligious hate speech is the reverse to freedom of expression as any ways of propagating, inciting and promoting intolerance, grows scourge and hatred in societies. This becomes a call to strengthen ties and take on the challenges that are forged in these times so that future generations can have the opportunity to revel in peace; as well as a call to create an education on diversity and pluralism within communities, through measures such as access to neutral information, far from prejudices and manipulations, or exemplary sanctions against hate speech.

The International Miraism Association defended on the one hand that peacebuilding can be achieved through practice and said practice or action can be achieved through education in values that contribute to form responsible, autonomous, free and critical beings who are conscience of the world around them, whose dynamism, among other things, can develop programs or proposals for peace to be effective and real.

And on the other hand, that peacebuilding requires a real education for all and in all areas, based on ethical and moral values of a society that accepts and values multiculturalism, assuming respect for fundamental freedoms as a key to living together in harmony.

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