OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ (ODIHR) two days international conference on “Freedom of Religion or Belief, Fostering Mutual Respect and Understanding” has commenced in Vienna, Austria on July 2. The conference will feature of issues of freedom of religious and belief, inter-religious dialogues at the OSCE participating countries.
In his remarks Ahmad Shahidov, Head of the Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) called on all OSCE member states to ensure peace and brotherhood at the holly Ramadan month and noted importance of inter-religious dialogues among parties. He also underscored that prejudice towards Islam and Muslims is shaped in Europe and that all European communities should not be indifferent to the mass killings of Muslims and Turks in China and Myanmar. Human rights advocate went on to say that much attention need to be paid to the aforementioned issues as well.
In the end, head of AIDHR elaborated on tolerance practices in Azerbaijan and the establishment of Baku International Multiculturalism Centre. He hailed contribution of this centre to securing inter-religious dialogue in Azerbaijan.