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The Conference

 

From 2 to 5 November 2017 is going to be held for the third time the International Conference WeAreN We are all Nazarenes, an encounter on religious freedom centered, this time, on Persecuted Children and Youth.

The first conference WeAreN We are all Nazarenes took place in Madrid, in January 2015. During three days, hundreds of people were able to hear the testimony of 28 eyewitnesses and their experiences under religious persecution.

The second edition was celebrated in April 2016, at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. It had a really strong impact within the UN and a major international media coverage.

This time, the third edition will involve direct witnesses from religious persecution from Middle East and Africa. It will be focused on children and youth, whom are suffering persecution because of their faith.

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The principal speakers of the III WeAreN Conference 2017 are children and young Christians victims of jihadist terrorism: what can we do from the West to help them in an effective way?

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Organization

The conference proposes to join the #WeAreN Manifesto, which you can read by clicking in this link. The entities that share its point of view can also join the document through this form.

The conference is organized by MasLibres.org, a platform that was created in Spain in 2011 with the aim of defending religious freedom, and by the Foundation CitizenGO.

Why a conference on persecuted Christians?

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According to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, from 100 to 150 million Christians in the world suffer persecution every year because of their faith. Christians are the most persecuted sector on earth and its religion the one that faces the most number of violence acts, deaths and displaced people.

Our society has denounced, as it was the fair to do, other genocides produced in the past, but continues to ignore the genocide of our time, the most brutal in the history of mankind.

We do not understand that we defend so hard, so many economic resources and so much media attention to the quality of life of, for example, some species of insects, and at the same time we ignore that every five minutes a Christian is killed because of his faith.

To draw attention to the Christian genocide is now the best way to fight for human rights, justice and equality. There is no battle in our time that requires more urgency and commitment by those who feel members of the human species.

Goals

The international conferences on religious freedom WeAreN We are all Nazarenes, organized by MasLibres.org and CitizenGO, aim to raise awareness and inform Governments, society and Western media about the need to respond to the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world since the Second World War: the genocide of Christians and other religious minorities perpetrated by Islamist extremism in countries like Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, etc.

The first international conference Wearen We are all Nazarenes took place in Madrid (Spain) in 2015. The second one was held at the UN headquarters in New York (USA) in 2016. Both editions counted with the participation of real victims from the jihadist persecution: Christian patriarchs of Eastern churches, bishops, archbishops, pastors and missionaries from dioceses and churches beaten by barbarism in Africa and the Middle East, as well as believers who had experienced firsthand violent acts and persecution because of their faith.

WeAreN Manifesto

If you want to join the Manifesto, click here.

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We condemn the use of violence and war in the name of God or religion. We denounce the criminal use that terrorist groups like Boko Haram, the Islamic State, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Al Nusra, Ansar al-Sharia, Al-Qaeda and similar ones make of Islam. “Do not hate in the name of God! The war is not done in the name of God!” (Pope Francis).
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We denounce the criminal activity of these jihadist groups which, using the excuse of religion, violate human rights, rape, murder and torture religious minorities at the same time that they hinder the religious freedom of every other religions.
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We encourage the governments of the countries where they operate to fight terrorism with energy and decision. We also demand the international community to work urgently in this issue, that is actually threatening all humanity, and to support with concrete measures those Governments affected by their fight against the jihad.
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We condemn the passivity of the Western Governments. We denounce the outrageous indifference of many institutions and claim them for an urgent response to face this situation. We also ask them for concrete measures to support the fight against jihadism. We demand these Governments to promote initiatives to combat religious persecution wherever it takes place in the national or international areas.
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We call upon the Comission and European Parliament, the Organization of American States, the Arab League and the United Nations to adopt resolutions condemning all forms of jihadism and to lead effective proposals for an intervention that curbs religious genocide.
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We demand from those responsible for the media and information agencies truthful and objective information: the victims of religious persecution are victims because of their religion and not for other circumstances. We also ask not to withhold this information, fundamental to understand this genocide, and to transmit it without underestimating it.
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We are committed to supporting those who suffer persecution and to give them our voice in order to help them overcoming the unfair situation they are living.
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We pledge to work to fight religious genocide anywhere in the world because it constitutes a crime against humanity.
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And we pray for the victims of persecution, for the new martyrs, worldwide; we pray that jihadist terrorism will cease and that those who practice it will open their eyes to the evil they are causing.

Cómo llegar

Bus

EMT Web Madrid

Lines 7, 29, 107, N1

Stop Arturo Soria-Serrano Galvache (5 minutes walking from the hotel).

Train

Chamartín Station (20 minutes walking from the hotel).

Airport

Bus Exprés Web

The nearest stop is C/. O’Donnell with C/. Doctor Esquerdo (15 minutes by car from the hotel).

The bus stops in terminal 1, 2 and 4.

 

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Rosana Ribera de Gracia
Phone: +34  91 5547189‎
Email: prensa@maslibres.org

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