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Thursday, 08 September 2011 11:50

Statement By The Members of The Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations Ten Years After 11 September 2001

Accordingly, we undertake to continue and intensify our endeavour to combat all forms of religious prejudice, discrimination and the incitement of religious hatred. To this end, the leaders of the religions affiliated to APRO will act vigorously to encourage the pursuit of knowledge and peaceful dialogue among people of all religious beliefs, and to prevent the emergence of any material and practice that denigrates, insults or vilifies the followers of any other religion.

Our organisations acknowledge the Australian achievement of an open and welcoming society in which the members of all religious groups enjoy mutual respect and acceptance. We will be vigilant to preserve this achievement, and to act as partners in the creation of a culture of peace and respect for human rights and dignity.

We call on all our members to develop and improve information, discussion and educational exchange programs which encourage personal contact and respectful understanding between the members of the different religions.
For Comments/Interviews:
APRO Convenor: Abd Malak AM, Mobile: 0417 489 066 or APRO Member (Executive Council of Australian Jewry): Jeremy Jones AM, Mobile: 0411 536 436

About APRO: The Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO) is a peak-of-peak body that was established in 2003. It is unique in that it comprises representatives of major faith bodies as well as national-level multicultural community organisations. APRO is a practical example of how successfully faith and ethnic communities can work collaboratively in Australia. APRO is auspiced by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA).

This statement is endorsed by the following organisations:
Australian Baha’i Community
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
Australian Multicultural Foundation
Australian Sangha Association
Executive Council of Australian Jewry
Federation of African Communities Councils
Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils
Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia’s Women’s Interfaith Network
Hindu Community
National Council of Churches in Australia
Religions for Peace (Australia)
Settlement Council of Australia
Sikh Community
UNESCO Chair, Interreligious and Intercultural Relations - Asia Pacific, Monash University
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