UAE leading model of promoting tolerance hailed

Dubai, Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue has said that the UAE is a leading model of promoting the values of tolerance, peaceful coexistence and mutual respect between all peoples and beliefs, as well as of combatting extremism and its negative effects.

In his statement to UAE News Agency (WAM) marking the annual International Day of Non-Violence, which is marked on 2nd October each year, Dr. Al Qassim stressed that the UAE's relevant stature is due to the keenness of its wise leadership and its efforts to create a peaceful environment and achieve its overall development plans while involving everyone in their implementation.

He said that the Arab region is witnessing many conflicts and violence, due to foreign interventions in the internal affairs of some Arab countries. He added that these interventions play a major role in the spread of violence and its destructive consequences, in addition to sectarian conflicts prevailing in some societies, noting that such conflicts did not exist before the start of foreign interventions in internal affairs of communities.

Dr. Al Qassim also pointed out that Iraq, Syria and Libya are striking examples of the collapse of communities, genocide, and the displacement of millions due to such conflicts. He urged the international community and decision-makers to assume their responsibilities to face these challenges and support relevant plans and strategies while stressing the importance of issuing strict laws that incriminate hate speech, racial discrimination and violence.

"Combatting terrorism and its effects is everyone's duty, and human history has many examples of international leaders who represented bright models of peaceful struggle against colonialism, including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela," he concluded.

Source: Bahrain News Agency