KIBRIS’ DİNİ LİDERLERİNİN AÇIKLAMASI KADINLARA VE KIZ ÇOCUKLARINA YÖNELİK KARŞI HER TÜRLÜ ŞİDDETİ KINIYORUZ

8 Mart 2017

Biz, İsveç Büyükelçiliği himayesi altında Kıbrıs Barış Sürecinde Dini Yolçerçevesinde bir araya gelen Rum Ortodoks, Müslüman, Ermeni Ortodoks, Maronit ve Latin Katolik olmak üzere Kıbrıs’ın beş ana inanç topluluğunun dini liderleri olarak, kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına yönelik şiddetin Kıbrıs’ta kadına karşı ayrımcılığın en yaygın göstergelerinden biri olmaya devam etmesinden dolayı son derece endişeliyiz. Bu kapsamda ekonomik, psikolojik, cinsel ve fiziksel şiddet yer alıyor.

Kadına karşı şiddetin, her türlü yaştan, dinden ve etnik arka plandan gelen kadınları ve kız çocuklarını etkilediğini üzüntüyle tespit ediyoruz. Şiddet, kadınların itibarını ve saygınlığını zedelemekte aileler, topluluklar ve toplumlar üzerinde ciddi sonuçlara neden olmakta kadınların ve kız çocuklarının yaşantıları üzerinde yıkıcı etkiler doğurmaktadır. Bu durum devam ettiği sürece, dünya, eşitlik, kalkınma ve barışa yönelik gerçek bir ilerleme kaydetme iddiasında bulunamaz.

Kadın ve erkeklerin, Allah'ın nazarındaeşit değere sahip olduğu yönündeki ortak inancımızı vurgularız. Hıristiyanlık ve İslam, kadına karşı şiddeti kınamaktadır. Kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına karşı şiddet, her ne şekilde olursa olsun, Allah'ın iradesiyle çelişir ve O’nun nazarında tasvip edilmez.

Dini liderlerin, kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına karşı şiddet de dahil olmak üzere her yerde ve her türlü biçimde şiddete karşı birlik olmalarının sadece bir sorumluluk değil, aynı zamanda dini bir yükümlülük de olduğuna kuvvetle inanıyoruz.

Dolayısıyla, Kıbrıs’ın Hıristiyan ve Müslüman dini liderleri olarak:

  • Kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına karşı işlenen şiddeti kesinlikle kınıyor ve bu mesajı her bir inanç topluluğu ve toplumun bütünüyle paylaşma taahhüdünde bulunuyoruz.
  • Kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına yönelik herhangi bir türde şiddeti haklı çıkarmaya dönük olarak dinin suistimal edilmesini kategorik olarak reddediyor ve onlara karşı her türlü şiddete karşı tek ses olduğumuzu ifade ediyoruz.
  • Onların ruhsal ve fiziksel sağlıklarına ve saygınlıklarına kavuşmaları için dua ediyor ve şiddet mağduru tüm kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına elimizi uzatıyoruz.
  • Kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına yönelik şiddetin varlığının kabul edilip kınanmasını ve bu konunun üstesinden gelebilecek kurum ve yasal çerçeveler kurulmasını sağlama sözü veriyoruz. Bu bağlamda, Kıbrıs’ta kadınlara ve kız çocuklarına karşı şiddeti sonlandırmak için devlet ve sivil toplum ortaklarıyla birlikte çalışmayı taahhüt ediyoruz.

Signatories:

H.B. Chrysostomos II

Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus

H.E. Dr. Talip Atalay

Mufti of Cyprus

H.E. Yousef Soueif

Archbishop of the Maronite Church of Cyprus

H.E. Khoren Toghramadjian

Archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Cyprus

Rev. Father Jerzy Kraj

Latin Patriarchal Vicar and Representative of the Apostolic Nunciature in Cyprus

JOINT STATEMENT OF THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF CYPRUS, AGAINST ALL FORMS OF ATTACKS, TERRORISM AND VIOLENCE

24 November 2015

We, the religious leaders of the five main faith communities of Cyprus, Greek Orthodox, Muslim, Armenian Orthodox, Maronite and Latin Catholic, who form the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the Auspices of the Embassy of Sweden, committed and working all together for human rights and peace in Cyprus, express our united voice against all forms of attacks, terrorism and violence in our country, region and the world at large.

United in one voice we reiterate that as religious leaders we pray first and foremost for all victims everywhere, their families and friends and with all those who are mourning all over the world.

We are horrified to see the increased appalling violence against innocent civilians in our region and beyond, with victims including children, women and the elderly. Growing numbers of refugees from our region are risking their lives daily, facing hostilities, rejection and death. We are with them in deep compassion and prayer.

We categorically condemn all forms of violence against innocent civilians. No war, no act of terrorism, atrocities or violent attacks against innocent people can be justified in the name of God Almighty or any religion or humanity. War begets war. Violence begets violence. All people of good will must stand together to respect, support and care for one another. Violence in the name of God is violence against religion itself.

As religious leaders we have a responsibility not only to speak out and work united against all forms of violence but also understand and address diligently the root causes that lead to such conflicts, violence and wars and to always promote and protect peace.

Our sacred texts call us not only to combat injustice but also to uplift the poorest in our midst. Where inequality is entrenched, instability and conflict are far more likely to erupt. Inspired by our shared values we embrace the moral imperative to reach out to the most vulnerable among us, uphold human dignity and advocate for human rights.

The dialogue we have experienced together has strengthened our conviction that there is no future without tolerance, mutual understanding, respect and peaceful co- existence.

With our different identities we have to be together as one human family, as people of every faith or none. We have a responsibility to preach, act and show that our shared respect for human life and dignity is stronger than evil acts of terror, and perversion of religion.

Together we reaffirm the need to all uphold democratic, intercultural and human rights values that have been attacked recently in Ankara, Sinai, Beirut, Paris, Yola and Bamako.

Let us recommit our care and hospitality to those fleeing violence, oppression and war.

Let us be compassionate and walk humbly with our God on the way of love, mercy, justice and peace.

 

Signatories:

H.B Chrysostomos II,

Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus.

H.E Dr Talip Atalay,

Mufti of Cyprus

H.E. Nareg,

Archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Cyprus

H.E. Yousef Soueif,

Archbishop of the Maronite Church of Cyprus

Rev Father Jerzy Kraj,

Latin Patriarchal Vicar and Representative of the Apostolic Nunciature in Cyprus

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE RESUMPTION OF PEACE TALKS

26 February 2014

As religious leaders of Cyprus, we warmly welcome the joint communique of the political leaders of the two communities.

We are encouraged by the joint message of the political leaders that the status quo is unacceptable, that human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as each other ́s distinct identity and integrity should be respected. We welcome their expressed determination to resume negotiations in a result- oriented manner. We expect them to reach a settlement as set out in the joint communique of February 11 2014 and support our efforts to build confidence.

Cyprus has centuries ́ long experience of Christians and Muslims living, working and worshiping side by side in harmony.

Religion was and still is a victim of the protracted conflict. For too many decades we were not able to meet, to listen and to understand each other. For the last years we have agreed to meet regularly, openly express our respect and listen to one another. Our encounters have helped us to get to know each other and understand the other’s needs. Together we have tried to find practical solutions, build trust and confidence and succeeded.

We see our responsibility to ensure that the political conflict is resolved and we believe that there is no alternative to communication, co-operation and co-existence.

Working together, seeking to overcome differences and supporting each other are obligations for people of faith and tools to promote faith when there is doubt, love where there is hatred and hope to overcome despair.

Our faith in God is our hope. It is to Him we turn. For nothing is impossible with God.

Signatories:

H.B Chrysostomos II,

Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus.

H.E Dr Talip Atalay,

Mufti of Cyprus

H.E. Varoujan Herkelian,

Archbishop of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Cyprus

H.E. Yousef Soueif,

Archbishop of the Maronite Church of Cyprus

Rev Father Jerzy Kraj,

Latin Patriarchal Vicar and Representative of the Apostolic Nunciature in Cyprus