Riyadh (UNA-OIC) – King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) organized expert consultation on combating hate speech, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Thursday.
The event was held in collaboration with various religious values institutions and relevant organizations, and in cooperation with the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL), the Religions for Peace Europe, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
The meeting aimed at exploring tracks and efforts to combat hate speech in Europe through strengthening ties between the religious and political entities and the civil society.
At the outset of the meeting, KAICIID Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar delivered a speech, in which he welcomed the organizing partners and the participants. He also expressed his happiness to participate in this meeting and witness this institutional, religious and geographical diversity in this gathering.
The KAICIID chief affirmed the importance of the roles of multi-national religious and humanitarian institutions that believe in the innate dignity of the human being and in the innate value of the individual.
“The people have the right of being respected and valued, regardless of their religion, gender and identity. These are firm and deep-rooted facts, while the hate speech and its crimes aim to destabilize and demolish these facts,” he said.
At the end of his speech, Faisal bin Muaammar offered his thanks and gratitude to ECRL and the Religions for Peace Europe, which agreed to cooperate with KAICIID in its project on empowering religious leaders and strengthening their role in combating hate speech.