«I am keen to address emerging and existing concerns that fall within the scope of the mandate, and to focus on the implementation of international norms and standards, engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders in an open and inclusive manner.»

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on Freedom of Religion or Belief

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International Conference on «Fredom, Religion, Security - Antagonistic Terms in the Context of International Insecurity»

Security by Education on Prevention & Protection Against Violence, Terrorism & Genocide in the Name of Religion - Developing a Holistic Framework

Promoter and Coordinator:

Dr. Liviu Olteanu, Secretary General of the AIDLR, Doctor of Law on United Nations Diplomacy in Action for Protecting Human Rights and Religious Liberty

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Jaime Rossell, Deputy Director General for Relations with Confessions of the Ministry of Justice, has defended that religion, peace and security "should not be antagonistic concepts" and that it should be addressed in universities. He said this during the opening Thursday of the International Conference 'Freedom, Religion, Security, Contradictory?', Organized by the International Association for the Defense of Religious Freedom (AIDLR) together with the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Human Rights of the Complutense University (UCM), and held until this Friday, May 13 at UCM.

The panels that will take place during the two days will revolve around issues such as: religion as a source of conflict prevention; Terrorism in the name of religion; Abuse of States over religion and religious minorities; Or the role of education in protecting against violence.

"The topics that are going to be discussed are of enormous importance and it is important that they are brought from the international organizations to the academy where we can begin to assess those concepts that we will then teach the students", stressed Rossel from the Faculty Of Law of the UCM.

Specifically, the ambassador on a special mission to the Alliance of Civilizations and the Interreligious Dialogue of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Belén Alfaro, stressed that Spain is a country "really involved in interreligious dialogue". "It is a priority," he stressed, while he has listed Spain's efforts in the Alliance of Civilizations or as co-founder of the International Center for Interreligious Dialogue KAICIID. Adama Dieng, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, has invited to preach on "non-violence" in a context in which, he says, all are committed The days "heinous crimes," also "in the name of God." On the contrary, he has argued that "peace itself is a religious concept" and that for many people in different parts of the world "religion is a motivating factor".

In this regard, Kishan Manocha, senior adviser on religious freedom and beliefs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Human Rights Department, has stated that religious freedom must be ensured because it is "a vital principle". In particular, he recalled that when they held the OSCE Security Conference in 1975, they pledged to uphold this right.

During these working days, participants will analyze why religion is used to exert violence and study how religious leaders can cooperate with international actors, political leaders and academics to develop a culture of peace, concord and freedom Religious, while maintaining security, as noted by the organizer of the act and secretary general of the AIDLR, Liviu Olteanu. On the occasion of 400 years since the death of Cervantes, the UN inspector and former ambassador of the Council of Europe at the United Nations in Geneva Petru Dumitriu has highlighted, citing various experts, the influence of religions in the work Of the Spanish genius.

«It is a priority for us«, stated Alfaro. Then, he listed all the efforts Spain has made as co-founder of the International Center for Interreligious Dialogue KAICIID.

The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, was invited to talk about «nonviolence» in a context in which, as reported, many «atrocious crimes» are perpetrated «in the name of God.»

Dieng argued that 'peace is a religious concept' and that for many people in different parts of the world 'religion is a motivating factor'.

Kishan Manocha, ODIHR Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion and Belief, affirmed that we must ensure religious freedom because it is 'a vital principle'.

During the working sessions, participants discussed about why religions are used for violence and tried to find out how religious leaders can cooperate with international academics and political leaders to develop a culture of peace, harmony and religious freedom, while maintaining security.

The event was organized by the Secretary General of the International Association for Religious Liberty (AIDLR), DR. Liviu Olteanu.