MECC: Protecting Human Dignity in Iraq and safeguarding the unity of Syria

A call for peace in the scarred East Region

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The Middle East Council of Churches followed with deep sorrow and pain the martyrdom and wounding of hundreds of Iraqis last week, and is currently following with greater pain the Turkish attacks on northeastern Syria, which would potentially have serious repercussions on its territorial integrity, and thus exacerbate the humanitarian situation of refugees and displaced persons. Therefore, the MECC raises its prayers for the end of all forms of violence and for the protection of human dignity which is the pillar of any peace or stability, while affirming the right of peoples to self-determination, in line with Arab and international instruments, and upon values of love, justice, human rights and common responsibility in peacebuilding. The MECC has always and is still upholding those values along with its partners worldwide.

The MECC calls upon the consciences of stakeholders to stop the cycle of war and violence in the blessed region of the East, the cradle of coexisting religions, and further calls for deeply investing in purifying the memory from hatred as a means to restore the dignity and peace of communities in the scarred East region.