Faith Leaders Sign Bali Declaration on Interfaith Dialogue at Asia-Europe Meeting

July 26, 2005

Source: Borneo Bulletin

On July 26, 2005 the Borneo Bulletin reported, "Leaders and scholars of the world's major faiths on July 22 signed the Bali Declaration on building interfaith harmony, which will hopefully contribute towards the global peace campaign that rejects the use of violence in the name of religion... The two-day interfaith dialogue forum participated by delegations from 39 nations saw leaders from various faiths reaffirming the need for all people to uphold, develop and preserve their faiths and religions in an atmosphere of peace and tolerance. Another highlight of the dialogue was the call for recognition of wisdom of various existing faiths and religions to maintain world peace and stability. The Bali Declaration was signed on the heels of fresh terror attacks in London, two weeks after four blasts killed 54 people on July 7 and a day after the July 21 attempted bombings. The declaration provides practical steps to be implemented in ASEM's member countries in the fields of education, media, society, culture and religion to translate the shared values of peace, compassion and tolerance into action."