UAE signs agreement to ensure equality for all religious groups


Source: The National UAE


Senior officials from 52 Muslim nations are to meet in Abu Dhabi later this year in a bid by Muslim states to get their own houses in order, demonstrate to the non-Muslim world the moderates’ condemnation of groups such as ISIL and to show that peaceful co-existence can be achieved.

The Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities was established during the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies’ latest session earlier this year.

And now the UAE’s leaders are keen on implementing it not only through religious and legal measures but also by integrating it within the education system. “The next step is for them to meet in Abu Dhabi for some serious consideration. Some declarations get out and they don’t even get endorsed, so we are trying to put the wheels on them,” said the forum’s executive director Zeshan Zafar.

“We will be bringing together experts on religious freedom, legal experts, not just ministries of religion, also ministries of justice, constitutional law experts because they are the ones who will be able to translate it back, also education.”

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