«Systematic discrimination against minorities are mostly indicative of a general disrespect for human rights which sooner or later will also negatively affect members of the majority.»

Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt Former Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Professor of Human Rights and Human Rights Politics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

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Conversation of Dr. Liviu Olteanu with H.E. Ambassador Abdallah Y. Al Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to United Nations in New York and with Sheikh Saleh bin Humaid, Imam of the Gran Mosque of Mecca

United Nations Headquarters, New York, July 2017

The following statement was issued by the AIDLR Secretary General after the meeting that Dr. Olteanu had at United Nations Headquarters in New York with H.E. AMBASSADOR ABDALLAH AL MOUALLIMI and SHEIKH SALEH BIN HUMAID, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, at the Launch by the Secretary-General of United Nations Antonio GUTERRES of Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes. Both parties involved had an exchange regarding possible future cooperation on fostering dialogue, respect and understanding between all religions and people, by education of state and religious actors and international exchanges, that can contribute against misunderstanding of others’ religion and against incitement to violence based in religion.


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Photo: Dr. Liviu Olteanu and Sheikh Salem Bin Humaid, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca