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Friday, 05 April 2002
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The recent deterioration of peace negotiations, escalation of violence in
the Middle East and challenges associated with the global war against
terrorism has inspired the construction of an International Interfaith
Peace Declaration, drafted by Stephen M. Apatow, President and Founder of
Humanitarian Resource Institute.

In conjunction with the release of this document, religious leaders from
the interfaith community are being asked to endorse this initiative as a
contribution to the work of peacemaking and nonviolence. INTERNATIONAL INTERFAITH PEACE DECLARATION

On April 4, 2002, the Humanitarian Resource Institute Interfaith Peace
Center adopted and proclaimed the International Interfaith Peace
Declaration the full text of which appears on the following pages.
Following this act the international interfaith community,
intergovernmental and United Nations leadership is called upon to assist in
the dissemination and support of this
global initiative.

PREAMBLE

Whereas the pursuit of peace, the respect for life and human dignity is the
objective of the international community,

Whereas the escalation of systemic hatred, anger, animosity and the motive
for revenge has resulted in widespread destruction in the name of religion,
in direct contradiction to the highest aspirations of the common people,

Whereas the war on terrorism has resulted in widespread military
intervention to counter further deterioration of international stability
and potential use of weapons of mass destruction that threaten the fabric
of civilization itself,

Whereas it is essential that peace efforts move beyond diplomatic relations
to a new level of interfaith dialogue and cooperation to achieve a
consensus for peace on the grass roots level within the borders of every
nation,

Whereas the golden rule, as a foundation for peace, is endorsed by all the
great world religions and is best interpreted as saying: "Treat others only
in ways that youre willing to be treated in the same exact situation,"

Whereas present conflicts call for open dialogue, conflict resolution and
negotiations that will provide a lasting solution for sustainable peace,

Now, Therefore,

THE HUMANITARIAN RESOURCE INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL PEACE CENTER

proclaims,

THIS INTERNATIONAL INTERFAITH PEACE DECLARATION is a common standard for
all peoples and nations, to the end that every individual and organ of
society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by
teaching and education to promote interfaith cooperation and support of
progressive measures, national and international, to secure peace and
stability.

Article 1.

All human beings are endowed with reason and conscience and should act
towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood pursuing peace and justice
for all living beings.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth by the United
Nations without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex,
language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin,
property, birth or other status.

Article 3.

Leaders and representatives of all major and minor religions and spiritual
movements have a responsibility to promote the universal objectives of the
Golden Rule Principle as a priority message to provide a substantive
foundation for dialogue and support of diplomatic relations for peace.

Article 4.

The objective of conflict resolution, healing and reconciliation is
pursued as a vehicle for revitalization of the economic, environmental,
political and social challenges facing our Earth community.

Article 5.

Measures are taken to create an atmosphere where present and future
generations can co-exist with mutual respect and trust to awaken to our
deepest truths, and to manifest love and justice among all life in our
Earth community.

Article 6.

Functioning spiritual forums for world peace are initiated and supported at
the international, national and local levels.

Article 7.

The Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace Center announces
the development of a Spiritual Forum for World Peace to support the
recommendations of this declaration and to engage the international
interfaith community, intergovernmental and United Nations leadership
accordingly.

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The Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace Center is a
collaborative initiative to share information and enhance academic
discussion of issues related to Crisis Management/Intervention and the
prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states, with
emphasis on policy research and development. On the web:
http://www.humanitarian.net/peace
 
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