The activities of International Conference on Mesopotamian Religions and Beliefs were organized yesterday by Forum of Religions in North and East Syria. The events were attended by religious and political figures from all over NES, and Commissioner of the American International Committee for Protection of Religious Freedom Nadine Menza, Representatives of AANES, religious and sectarian figures from the whole world joined the conference, including Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Yazidi, Hindu, and Kaka’i Sabean.
Nadine Menza explained to ANHA’ agency about the importance of International Conference on Mesopotamian Religions and Beliefs that this conference was without a doubt a great success, there are people from all over the world participating in it. she said “Although the borders were closed, I came to attend it because of the importance of the issue. Many important topics were discussed, including how multiple religions coexist, and how to deal with each other, and the possible ways to confront extremism. So far the conference has been a success and I am looking forward to participating to the end of it.”
Nadine Menza indicated that: “It is very clear that freedom of belief is a priority for AANES, after the elimination of ISIS caliphate, which ruled a large part of region five years ago, flexibility and greater cooperation are required in order to confront the extremism. Look at Raqqa and other cities where it was an incubator of terrorism and has now become under Autonomous Administration control, where women enjoy 50% of positions in AANES. There is clear and prominent support for religious freedom here.”
And about the international silence regarding Turkish crimes committed against the people of North and East Syria and the continuous bombing, Nadine Menza said: “For me, it seems that part of the reason for condoning the bombing and attacks carried out by Turkey and the atrocities it commits in the regions is that the international community sees what is happening, but it doesn’t feel responsible for doing anything. for this reason I am here to tell the truth, and to make the people aware, and report to Congress and the US administration the types of crimes committed by Islamist groups affiliated with Turkey, and to raise awareness.”
Nadine Menza participated in the activities of the first day, and addressed the obstacles and difficulties facing religious freedom, and confirmed that: “The only place that contains social justice is NES regions. I have contacted many Christians and they confirmed that they suffer from Turkey’s attacks.” Even with those who live in the areas occupied by Turkey, they confirm that they suffer from Turkey’s crimes.”