Next Tuesday will see the start of the 13th Doha Interfaith Conference. The two-day event will take place in the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue under the theme "Religions and Human Rights."
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Chairman of Doha International Centre, Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi, said that the conference will have three main themes this year.
The first theme is the vision and concept of human rights in religions.
That theme will focus on topics related to freedom of religion, the rights of minorities, and the right to a peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths.
There will also be other topics, one of which will be the relationship between individual rights and public interest.
The second theme will focus on the position of religions from violations of human rights.
Talks will focus on issues such as religious views on extremism and terrorism.
On that topic, panellists will discuss the phenomena related to limiting freedoms, ethnic cleansing, and terrorist attacks.
Another subject that the second theme will focus on is the violation of individual and group freedoms.
Panellists will discuss examples of favouring military, political, and economic interests over religious ones.
Panellists will also discuss the violation of human rights in third world countries.
Dr al-Nuaimi said that the third theme will discuss human rights issues between heavenly laws and international covenants.
It will focus on topics such as religious teachings and the promotion of international human rights laws.
The conference will also explore successful experiments to integrate religious values in human rights laws.
Another topic panellists will discuss is the responsibility of international law in the protection of vulnerable religious groups.
This session will also discuss successful experiences in integrating religious values into human rights laws.
Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi said that the convening of the conference confirmed that Qatar is a country that is interested in dialogue and seeks to give space to religious scholars to present their views on the issues that are raised and which touch the reality in each session.
Al-Nuaimi said that the theme of the conference underlines the crucial importance of human rights, which have become a global issue. He said this is an appropriate time for discussion between the three monotheistic religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to learn about the view of these religions.
He pointed to the role of religious scholars in protecting human rights in any place, especially those of vulnerable and marginalised groups.
Al-Nuaimi said that the conference will address in general the religious views of the concept of siege and its impact on peoples and human rights, pointing out that a number of researches on the subject will be discussed by the conference.
He said that the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue has undertaken many initiatives on the issues of dialogue and the rejection of the siege.
Al-Nuaimi said he has held a lot of seminars and roundtables on the impact of the siege of Qatar on the communities residing in the country and the extent of damage to it. He stressed that Qatar is a country that always calls for dialogue and love and rejects extremism, violence and conflict.
He expected that about 500 people from 70 countries, including some 240 participants from outside the country, such as religious scholars, politicians, academics, researchers and those interested in dialogue issues, will attend the conference.
On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition of national institutions and civil society organisations concerned with human rights will be held.
The winners of the 4th World Conference on Interfaith Dialogue Award, entitled "Successful experiences of religious leaders and human rights organisations in addressing human rights violations" will also be announced.
Al-Nuaimi added that one of the objectives of the award is to support the direction of leaders and officials towards the use of religious values and teachings to enact laws to address violations of human rights and the activation of religious values to address human rights issues and violations suffered by humanity.
He pointed out that this year the award will be given to two organisations, a distinguished institution or individuals or personalities who have worked on a successful project to address human rights violations and have played an active role in educating individuals on how to deal with these violations.
The prize is worth a US$100,000 awarded equally between the two winners with gold shields and certificates from the centre.