Victims and Experts Unite to Defend Persecuted Christians at Holy See UN Event
Survivors, advocates of those persecuted by violent extremists because of religious belief and experts on genocide united on April 28 at an event entitled “Defending Religious Freedom and Other Human Rights: Stopping Mass Atrocities Against Christians and Other Believers,” sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN at the Economic and Social Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 28.
“Sadly, even as we speak, the systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities in many parts of the world is very much ongoing,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said in his opening remarks.
He said although the three-hour event could not do justice to the number of those suffering expulsion and extermination at the hands of terrorists, he said he hoped the dialogue would lead to further action by political and religious leaders and civil society to aid those in need.
“The magnitude and downright savage nature of what is going on requires the whole world to wake up and get involved,” he said.
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