Daily Archives: October 16, 2015

Enrayer la violence : une déclaration multiconfessionnelle sur la République centrafricaine

NEW YORK, 16 octobre 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Nous, les dirigeants religieux et les chefs d’organisations multiconfessionnelles, étendons nos sincères condoléances et nous unissons en solidarité auprès des familles et de tous ceux touchés par la violence en République centrafricaine. Nos pensées et nos prières sont avec le peuple qui souffre de la République centrafricaine.

Nous dénonçons fermement l’escalade de violence signalée récemment et les tragiques pertes en vies humaines dans la République centrafricaine. Nous déplorons le fait que certains au sein des communautés musulmanes et chrétiennes ont recouru à la violence. Nous rejetons les appels à la violence depuis tout quartier, dont en particulier toutes tentatives erronées de justifier la violence pour des motifs religieux. Nous lançons un appel à tous d’enrayer la violence afin que nous puissions ensemble construire la paix avec justice.

Dans le même temps, nous saluons et applaudissons les nombreux musulmans et chrétiens sincères dans la République centrafricaine qui ont rejeté, à juste titre, des appels à la violence et embrassé, à juste titre, la responsabilité de protéger tous les autres et de construire la paix. Nous vous exhortons à faire preuve de constance dans votre engagement pour la paix.

De plus, nous exhortons tous les pays, particulièrement les États voisins, les États-Unis, la France, le Maroc et la Mauritanie ainsi que la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Centrafrique (MINUSCA), de recourir aux ressources et moyens disponibles pour aider à enrayer la violence.

Nous notons que la paix en République centrafricaine est essentielle pour la paix dans ses États voisins et dans toute l’Afrique. Par conséquent, alors que nous lançons un appel aux croyants religieux dans la République centrafricaine, nous invitons également les communautés religieuses dans les États voisins, à travers l’Afrique et au-delà de s’unir à la fois dans le rejet de la violence et la construction de liens respectueux et fondés sur des principes de solidarité entre toutes les communautés religieuses pour la paix.

En qualité de dirigeants religieux et de chefs d’organisations multiconfessionnelles, nous nous engageons à soutenir le peuple de la République centrafricaine pour garantir une paix juste. Dans un premier temps, nous œuvrons ensemble pour convoquer les dirigeants religieux de la République centrafricaine et de la région pour élaborer un plan d’action pour la paix.

Signataires:
Forum pour la promotion de la paix dans les sociétés musulmanes
Religions for Peace
Réseau des artisans de la paix religieux et traditionnels
Le Centre international pour le dialogue (KAICIID)
Caritas Internationalis
National Council of Churches

Stop The Violence: a Multi-religious Statement On The Central African Republic

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2015 / PRNewswire — We, religious leaders and heads of multi-religious organizations, extend our deep condolences to and unite in solidarity with the families and all affected by the violence in the Central African Republic. Our thoughts and prayers are with the suffering people of the Central African Republic.

We strongly denounce the recently reported escalating violence and tragic loss of life in the Central African Republic. We regret the fact that some within both the Muslim and Christian communities have resorted to violence. We reject appeals to violence from any quarter, including in particular any mistaken attempts to justify violence on religious grounds. We appeal to all to stop the violence so that together we can build peace with justice.

At the same time, we salute and applaud the many sincere Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic who have rightly rejected appeals to violence and rightly embraced the responsibility to protect all others and build peace. We urge you to remain steadfast in your commitments to peace.

We further urge all countries, particularly the neighboring states, the USA, France, Morocco, and Mauritania, as well as the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) to use available resources and means to assist in ending the violence.

We note that peace in the Central African Republic is essential for peace in its neighboring states and across Africa. Therefore as we appeal to the religious believers in the Central African Republic, we also call upon the religious communities in its neighboring states, across Africa and beyond to unite both in rejecting violence and building the respectful and principled bonds of solidarity across all religious communities for peace.

As religious leaders and heads of multi-religious organizations, we are committed to supporting the people of the Central African Republic to secure a just peace. As a first step, we will work together to convene religious leaders from the Central African Republic and the region to develop a plan of action for peace.

Signatories:
Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies
Religions for Peace
Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)
Caritas Internationalis
National Council of Churches

Ceasefire Agreement between Myanmar Government and Ethnic Armed Organizations

– Statement from The Nippon Foundation on Step toward Peace –

TOKYO, Oct. 16, 2015 / PRNewswire — Representatives of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and eight ethnic armed organizations signed a ceasefire agreement on October 15 at a ceremony in the capital city of Naypyidaw. Along with Thailand, China, India, the United Nations, and the European Union, Japan, which has promoted dialog among the parties involved and provided humanitarian aid to conflict-affected regions, was a witness to the signing. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, attended the ceremony and signed the agreement in his capacity as Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar. Following the signing, The Nippon Foundation released the following statement.

Statement regarding Myanmar Ceasefire Agreement
Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation

I welcome the ceasefire agreement reached on the 15th of October, 2015 between the Government of Myanmar and the eight ethnic armed organizations.

I would like to commend both the Government of Myanmar and the ethnic armed organizations for having continued to pursue dialogue and deepen mutual trust to date, in the process of peacebuilding undertaken in Myanmar.

The signing of this ceasefire agreement is an important step toward achieving peace and stability in Myanmar. Today, many are still forced to live under harsh and insecure conditions. I would like to call on all parties to make efforts to ensure that the peace process in Myanmar will move forward.

For decades, The Nippon Foundation has supported efforts to improve the welfare of the people of Myanmar. In recent years, in addition to activities in such fields as education, agriculture, medicine, and support for people with disabilities, we have been extending humanitarian support to the victims of civil strife. In line with our commitment to lasting peace in Myanmar, The Nippon Foundation will continue to provide support to better the lives of those in conflict-affected communities.

Please visit The Nippon Foundation’s website for more information regarding the Foundation’s activities in Myanmar.

http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/en/what/projects/myanmar/

Contact:

Natsuko Tominaga
PR Department
The Nippon Foundation
+81-3-6229-5131
pr@ps.nippon-foundation.or.jp