On the occasion of International Day for Tolerance 2018, Pakistani Christians activist and human rights campaigner Samson Salamat has emphasized the need to promote tolerance in the world in order to curb growing violence and conflicts. November 16 is dedicated as the International Day for Tolerance worldwide.
In a press release sent to Christians in Pakistan, Samson Salamat stated that intolerance is mother of conflicts. Samson Salamat who heads The Rawadari Tehreek said: “Since 1996, November 16 is being celebrated as Day for Tolerance internationally. World is full of conflicts, wars, violence, religion based discrimination and intolerance, nevertheless, celebrating a day for tolerance is inevitable.”
Adding to his point, RT Chairman stated that: “In this world; beautifully decorated with diversity peace cannot be achieved without cultivating tolerant behaviors and attitudes.” He said that all countries must chalk out ways to restrain hatred, injustice and intolerance.
Samson Salamat stated: “All must be respected on the basis of humanity honoring their creed, ethnicity, religion, culture, social status etc. None must be considered inferior, because Article 1 of the International Declaration of Human Rights’ states: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.’”
“In South Asia,” he continued, “especially in Pakistan and India intolerance is escalating at an alarming rate.” He said that mushrooming intolerance is birthing religion based conflicts, Biased policies are fanning violence; posing a threat to the religious minorities.” Such governmental policies are not only detrimental to the rights of minorities but also human rights of all are being battered.