MASARAT Institution for Cultural Development held its concluding conference on enhancing the freedom of religion and conscience, and working to protect and respect all humans as being citizens who are equal in rights and duties, and preserving their human dignity.
The conference started with a detailed statement delivered by Saad Salloum, the General Coordinator of MASARAT Institution, in which he explained the mechanisms and steps taken by the institution to reach at a declaration of principles that may represent a road map for the freedom of religion and conscience in Iraq.
The conference included three sessions, the first was about the challenges encountering the freedom of religion and consciences, and the needs of religious minorities. This session was moderated by Mr. Salih al-Hakim, with the participation of representative of religious groups.
The second session, moderated by Father Ara Bedlian, patron of the Anglican Baptist Church, witnessed the participation of various representatives of religious and ethnic groups. The conference as concluded its works in the third session which culminated the conference by discussing the major points reached at by Baghdad Declaration for religious freedoms.
The conference witnessed a large number of attendants from the chiefs of sects and ethnic groups of Iraq, as well as a number of Iraqi MPs, researchers, university professors, and a few media representatives.