KAICIID Fellows Issue Statement for Human Rights Day

10 December 2019

Over 100 KAICIID Fellows from 35 countries have issued a statement in honor of Human Rights Day, pledging to uphold human rights and dignity and insure inclusion of marginalised communities through interreligious dialogue. 

Human Rights Day commemorates the United Nations General Assembly's 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims the inalienable rights of all people. It serves as a yearly reminder that everyone is entitled to civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, social origin, gender, or any other status.

This year's theme places particular emphasis of the role of Youth for Human Rights. The KAICIID International Fellows Programme (KIFP) equips young religious leaders, academics, and other dialogue activists with the skills for interreligious dialogue to actively foster peace in their local communities.

The Fellows issued the statement in the context of this week's Dialogue4SDGs conference, hosted by KAICIID in Vienna, Austria, where pariticipants are discussing ways in which KIFP can actively contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 



"We, the undersigned KAICIID International Fellows, in observing Human Rights Day, reconfirm our commitment to stand up for human rights globally, ensuring that they are universal, indivisible and interrelated. As indicated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we proclaim that all human beings hold inalienable rights regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

This year’s Human Rights Day theme highlights the potential of youth as transformative agents of change, vital to addressing the urgent challenges of our times. Around the world, hundreds of thousands of youth are leading collective movements to create a better and more inclusive world.

As young ambassadors of dialogue ourselves, we express our strong support for every young person who is promoting peace, addressing inequality and discrimination and fostering respect for human dignity. We encourage our peers to continue to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals – providing equal access to education, health care, food, and clean water, and actively addressing environmental concerns which widen inequality. We believe that we need more united efforts and effective policies to successfully implement the UNSDGs by 2030. 

Finally, we believe that a commitment to human dignity is a core value common to every major world religion. To that end, we pledge to build bridges among different religious and cultural communities and promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue, knowing that together we can uphold rights and dignity for all."



Sri Swami Svatmananda, United States 

Claudia Giampietro, Italy

Bishop Maximos Pafilis, Greece

Suhadi, Indonesia

Arif Kemil Abdulah, Bulgaria 

Dr. Amanah Nurish, Indonesia

Kamilia Hamidah, Indonesia

Yassine Noui, Algeria 

Khonsavanh Vongvannaxay, Lao PDR

Vladimer Narsia, Georgia

Kathy Win, Myanmar

Adriana Bara, Canada

Swe Mar Oo, Myanmar

Rajendra Senchurey, Nepal 

Dr. Kenu Agarwal, India

Rev. Lisa Garvin, United States

Tirmizy E. Abdullah, Philippines

Aung Htay Myint, Myanmar

Aung Than Oo, Myanmar

Fr Stephen Ojapah, Nigeria 

Aboobacker Rameez, Sri Lanka

Firouz Bibi, Algeria

Kristan, Indonesia

Rabbi Alexander Goldberg, United Kingdom

Hasan al Amin, Lebanon

Auwal Farouk Abdussalam, Nigeria 

Saw ler Bwe, Myanmar 

Rabbi Jeff Berger, United Kingdom

Waheedullah Massoud, United Kingdom

Father Nehme Saliba, Lebanon

Wiwin Siti Aminah Rohmawati, Indonesia

Dr Habibat Oladosu-Uthman, Nigeria

Basmah Jastaniah, Saudi Arabia 

Dr. Marcelle Issa Jwaniat, Jordan

Rokia Ouhejjou, Morocco 

Mohamad Alamin, Lebanon 

Melissa Nozell, United States

Wafa' AlMakhamreh, Jordan

Mansoor Limba, Philippines

Youssef ban Elmahdi, Morocco 

Ws. Mulyadi Liang, Indonesia

Rev. Zaka Ahuche Peter, Nigeria

Dr. Ammar Hikmat Farhan, Iraq

Abakar walar Madou, Chad

Dr.Shaima Bakheet Alnamani, Saudi Arabia

María del Milagro Dallacaminá, Argentina

Samanta Surya, Indonesia

Ryan C. Urbano, Philippines

Dr. Abdul Muhaimin, Pakistan

Venerable Napan Santibhaddo Thawornbanjob, Thailand 

Emiliano Stornelli, Italy

Adane Dechassa Teshale, Ethiopia

Pradana Boy Zulian, Indonesia

Bishoy Zayed, Egypt

Sergios Voilas, Greece

Awatef Anwar Boshra Amin, Egypt

Tahmeed jan, Pakistan

Ridwan al-Makassary, Indonesia

Nejra Kadić Meškić, Croatia

Hani Dawah, Egypt

Vicky Missira, Greece

Mohamed Eissa Aboungila, Egypt 

Faris Ilyas Keti, Iraq 

Thet Naing Tun, Myanmar 

Thaer al-Baghdadi, Iraq

Rev. Samaila Yahaya, Nigeria 

Adam Bedarkrg, Iraq

Johnson Elijah Amamnsunu, Ghana/UK

Ougba Ben Nafi Ahmadou, Central African Republic 

Nur Hidayah, Indonesia

Rania Alayoubi, Jordan

Nor Asiah Madale Adilao, Philippines

Sohini Jana, India

Mabrouka Rayachi, Austria 

Jose Nandhikjara, India

Dr. Syed Asad Abbas Rizvi, Pakistan

Dr. Swati Chakraborty, India

Stephen Shashoua, Portugal

Janani Chaitanya, USA

Sneha Roy, India

H.A. Nishantha Kumara, Sri Lanka

Anja Fahlenkamp, Germany

Aisha Abdulraouf Nass, Saudi Arabia 

Ruth Ouazana, France

Father Khaled Gammoh, Jordan

Sara Camps Pérez, Spain

Sw. Athmadas Yami, India 

Md Abu Taher, Bangladesh 

Cirilo Boloron Jr., Austria

Ramy Atta Seddik, Egypt

Nourah Alhasawi, Saudi Arabia 

Alba Sabaté Gauxachs, Spain

Garen Yosolkanian, Lebanon/Armenia 

Stella Francis, Nigeria

Zon Vanel, Indonesia

Thet Naing Oo, Myanmar 

Elisabeth Palugyay, Austria 

Andrew James Boyd, Italy

Nang Loung Hom, Myanmar/ Sri Lanka