Amanatidis: Necessary to combat religious extremism

Amanatidis: Necessary to combat religious extremism

Athens, September 7, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Ioannis Amanatidis has filed a complaint in the IPU to the United Nations on the persecution of Christians of the Middle East ancient Churches from terrorism.

“We must achieve a continuous, comprehensive programme to combat religious extremism and terrorist ideology”, requested the Secretary-General of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy, Ioannis Amanatidis, during his presentation at the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, organised under the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in cooperation with the United Nations (UN) in New York.

Amanatidis denounced the loss of “innocent people belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, including in particular the Christians of the ancient Churches of the East” by “terrorist politico-religious organisations, despite the fact that many Muslim religious leaders disagree with the practice of ethnic and religious cleansing followed by the aforementioned groups”.

“This tragic situation needs a strong international response”, he noted, recommending “to implement a continuous, comprehensive programme to combat religious extremism and terrorist ideology and to increase our support, humanitarian aid and the protection of refugees, to persecuted minorities that reside in these lands, without considering religion or belief, age, gender or ethnic identity, as well as to give special attention to women and children, people with disabilities, the elderly and persons who have been deprived of their families”.