KAICIID Board of Directors Condemn Attacks on Worshippers in Yemen

23 March 2015

20 March 2015, Vienna:  The KAICIID Board of Directors jointly and unequivocally condemn the attacks on 20 March 2015, committed during Friday prayers at the Al Badr and Al Hashoosh mosques in Sanaa, Yemen, as “acts of contemptible brutality and abhorrent terror”.
At the time of publication, it is known that over 140 worshippers were killed in the attacks and over 300 people were injured. Further casualties are feared.
“These acts, and all forms of violence in the name of religion, must be rejected as abhorrent. This terrorist violence was directed against innocent people because of their religious identify. All people of goodwill must work together to strengthen community trust and solidarity since this brutality has only one goal: to destroy our shared and precious treasure of religious and cultural diversity. All religions share a common ideal to foster love and respect between people and to work to achieve lasting peace. Violence must not deter us all from that noble purpose since the future of humankind depends entirely upon our will to coexist in respect and harmony. In this time of horror and sorrow, we urge people of different religion and cultures to be courageous and to seek to know each other since we are all born as strangers into the human family”, the Board said in a statement following the attacks.
The Board also expressed its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims.
The KAICIID Board of Directors, consisting of representatives of five world religions - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism - unanimously condemn these murders and the terror committed by those who carried out these violent acts.
KAICIID reaffirms the universal right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and expression. KAICIID calls upon all to respect all religions. Religion is an enabler of respect and reconciliation. KAICIID acts as a hub, facilitating interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, to enhance cooperation and respect for diversity, justice and peace. The Centre provides leadership and programming to promote peace. It also serves as a worldwide platform for followers of different religions and cultures to foster cooperation and understanding. KAICIID is committed to working with those who use interreligious dialogue to build peace.