Global Summit II on Religion Peace and Security - Geneva

Religion Peace and Security "Unfortunately, often only as an excuse, religion is being used as a reason for persecution and the existence of refugees. ... Many refugees are fleeing for lack of freedom of conscience. No one would disagree with the religious background of the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan or Bangladesh, that originated 68% of all refugees in 2017."

"… 52% of the refugees are under 18. It is easy to understand as they are on the move or in countries where they are not integrated, the access to the educational systems is minimal and most of the refugee children have no access to education. … If the international community does not act accordingly, the risk of having a generation that is lost in these communities is very high, the exclusion will be too long and there will be lack of opportunities for these refugees not only now, but also in the future. As ADRA, we have a global campaign that calls exactly for action in favor of these children, standing up for “Every Child. Everywhere. In School. … I believe that now we have a single opportunity to show that the rhetoric of pursuing the tolerance, social justice, solidarity and respect for human rights is put into practice."

João Martins, Executive Director at ADRA Europe, addressed the audience at the Second Global Summit on Religion, Peace, and Security that took place from 29 April to 1 May 2019 in Geneva at the Palais des Nations. Martins openly spoke about Freedom of Conscience and how its violation creates conditions to the existence of Refugees, in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. He put special emphasis on goals number 10 and 4.

At the Summit a special speech was also presented by Jonathan Duffy, President of ADRA International. The Summit was co-organized by the International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty (AIDLR) and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (OGPRtoP). The Summit was action-oriented and focused on how the dialogue among stakeholders can enhance their collaboration to promote and protect the rights of religious minorities, refugees and migrants, including the right to freedom of religion and belief, in particular in ultra-nationalist contexts.