Cyprus and the role of religion in peacebuilding to be discussed at Almedalen Week in Sweden

Representatives from the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process (RTCYPP) are currently in Gotland, Sweden to be part of a seminar on 4th of July on the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding at Almedalen Week 2017.

According to a relevant announcement, Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis, head of the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Union, Imam Shakir Alemdar of Hala Sultan Tekke, representative of the Mufti of Cyprus and Salpy Eskidjian one of the architects of the RTCYPP will elaborate on the joint efforts of the Christian and Muslim religious leaders of Cyprus for human rights, peace and reconciliation.

They will be joined by Dr Zahra Langhi, co-founder of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) and Judge Mohammad Abou Zaid, President of Saida Islamic Sunni Court of the Lebanese Republic to explore how religious leaders from different faith backgrounds working together can prevent or resolve violent conflicts, promote the respect of human rights and contribute to peace building.

Professor of peace and conflict studies Dr Isak Svensson from Uppsala University will be moderating the debate that will take place at the Bishop’s official residence in Visby.

The seminar is co-hosted by the Bishop of Visby Sven Bernard Fast and Peter Weiderud, director of the Swedish Institute Alexandria.

Source: Cyprus News Agency