On Human Rights Day - Muslim Council of Elders Urges Unity to Halt Wars and Conflicts and Ensuring Secure, Dignified Lives for All

The Muslim Council of Elders, led by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, calls for urgent international efforts to unify and halt wars and conflicts and the need to ensure a secure and dignified life for all humans, irrespective of their differences. It asserts that all divine laws aim to honor humanity and preserve its right to live in peace and security.

In a statement on the Human Rights Day, observed every December 10, the council highlights the importance of adopting a human rights-based approach to address global challenges threatening humanity. It also calls for the recognition of human dignity and equal rights in freedom, justice, and peace worldwide—a principle advocated by Islamic Sharia which also stresses the necessity of preserving human life and prohibits aggression against it. This principle is also enshrined in the historic Abu Dhabi Document on Human Fraternity, co-signed by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and His Holiness Pope Francis of the Catholic Church. The document asserts that freedom is a right for every human being and that justice based on mercy is the path to a dignified life.

On this occasion, the Muslim Council of Elders also urges the international community to activate the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and work towards protecting the rights of the Palestinian people. It emphasizes the genuine right of the Palestinian people to a dignified life and the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. The council also calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, the prevention of forced displacement policies, and all forms of violence against innocent civilians. Thousands of women and children have fallen victim to such acts, reflecting the magnitude of the suffering faced by the Palestinian people.



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