As Intercultural Dialogue Institute, we extend our prayers and condolences to the families of the victims and those injured in the Orlando attack. We condemn all forms of extremism that teach hatred and incite violence. We reject violence, in particular when it is perpetrated in the name of religion. We pledge in the face of this hatred and violence to support those who build bridges of understanding that bring together all communities in respect and understanding. Our deeds matter more than our words. It is imperative to invest in our society, particularly in our youth, so that it is driven more by hopes and dreams, not hatred and fear of the others.
Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Ottawa entirely condemns the terrorist attack on Tuesday, March 22nd in Brussels, Belgium. The attack occurred at both the Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station in Belgium’s capital. The Daesh (a.k.a ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which murdered dozens of civilians and left dozens more wounded. Pope Francis shared a statement on the attacks with the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, condemning the “blind violence which causes so much suffering.” Several European monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Trevi Fountain lit up with displays of the colors of the Belgian flag in solidarity As IDI Ottawa, we express our condolences to the families of our brothers and sisters who perished or suffered injuries from these senseless attacks. This type of violence is the work of an inhumane organization which seeks to terrorize innocent men, women, and children without conscience or remorse. In the wake of this horrifying incident, let us unite in solidarity with Belgium.
Ottawa, November 14, 2015 – IDI-Ottawa strongly condemns the brutal terrorist attacks across Paris, France in the evening of Friday, November 13, that resulted in the deaths and dismemberment of hundreds of innocent people. Every terrorist activity, no matter where they occur, is a blow to the peace and tranquility of humanity everywhere. These revolting acts of terrorism are attacks not only against people of France but against universal human values that we all share and against human solidarity. On this occasion, IDI-Ottawa reiterates its categorical condemnation of all forms of terror regardless of its perpetrators or their stated purposes. No terrorist activity can ever be condoned on any grounds. IDI-Ottawa sends its deep condolences to the victims’ families, loved ones and the people of France. IDI-Ottawa people pray that God leads all humanity to a world of peace and tranquility. We invite everyone to join us in this prayer and act in solidarity against all forms of terrorism and in the effort to establish peace around the world. To read Fehtullah Gulen’s statement, please click here.
Intercultural Dialogue Institute - Ottawa condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Such horrific actions represent an assault on democratic values and can never be justified no matter the underlying reason. Even against insults, the befitting response must be legal and civil. Our thoughts are with the people of France and our prayers with the families of the deceased and injured. We must all honor the victims by hardening our commitment to spreading peace, tolerance and mutual respect.