Europe is experiencing the worst situation of conflict on the continent since the Second World War, due to the seriousness of the invasion of a sovereign State by another. Adding to the conflict is the danger of involvement of neighboring countries or escalation in the type of weapons used, and, above all, the tragic situation of violence, deprivation and displacement to which millions of people are subjected.
In recent decades, European countries have sought to create the conditions that would enable them to resolve their disagreements through dialogue and allow them to manage their resources together. They have built institutions based on the principles of the fundamental rights of freedom, pluralism, the division of powers and the legal resolution of conflicts, and have integrated the United Nations system with the perspective of relations of respect for human rights and justice.
The war in Ukraine is a major blow to peace based on these principles.
It has already caused the loss of many lives and has brought much suffering to the injured, displaced and refugees. It is an attack on the way of life, property and the aspiration for development of the populations. It violates the legitimate right of every person to live in peace, in freedom and in community.
As long as it lasts, it will continue to make its first and greatest victims in the defenseless common people, who lose their lives, security, peace, and freedom, and the presence and company of their loved ones.
Every life lost in conflict is an open wound in all of humanity.
In the face of this conflict, the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty: