The Abidjan Declaration of Peace adopted at the end of the international symposium on interfaith dialogue, jointly organized by the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs of Côte d’Ivoire (COSIM) and the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulema, underlines the universal values advocated by religions, namely interfaith dialogue, solidarity, brotherhood, tolerance, openness to others and respect for human dignity, all values that are the basis of dialogue between civilizations.
The signatories of the declaration, adopted Friday in Abidjan, reaffirm their full support for the conclusions relating to the five themes analyzed and debated during this international symposium, and solemnly undertake to ensure that dialogue, conducive to living together among all religions, is established in a sustainable manner, with respect for the law, for all religious dogmas and practices, and for freedom of worship and conscience.
They unanimously reiterated their firm condemnation of all hate speech and discrimination, and all acts of violence, whatever their origin, which would endanger, in the name of religion, the living together, the security of societies, goods and persons.
The Abidjan Declaration signatories call on all the forces of African countries to remain united and supportive in the face of all dangers of division, not to give in to threats, nor to the amalgams, knowingly propagated, to undermine the unity of the ranks.
They reaffirm, in the name of the principles and commitments they share, that every human being, wherever he or she comes from and whatever his or her religious affiliation, is a citizen enjoying the equality guaranteed by the law.
The participants also stress the need for a seamless pan-African cooperation between religions to face the multiple environmental, economic and social crises shaking the continent.