Escalating conflict in the Middle East: Message by the CCCB Human Rights Committee

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At a time when the conflict is escalating in the Middle East and when powerless civilians are caught in the crossfire between warring factions, the international community seems unable to work together to put an end to the fighting. We urge the Government of Canada to exercise its influence to encourage dialogue among the political leaders in order to achieve a ceasefire as soon as possible. Dialogue and mediation are values that define Canadian society, and these traits should guide Canada in assisting to find a solution to this conflict.

It is imperative that all parties respect international rights and conventions in order to guarantee the safety and security of all civilians in the Middle East. In addition, the acts of violence and all forms of reprisal against the innocent and defenceless must cease immediately.

Also, together with Pope Benedict XVI, who has invited “the local Churches to pray especially for peace in the Holy Land and in the entire Middle East,” we appeal to all Catholics in Canada to pray to God that harmony be restored and that the safety of the most vulnerable be ensured. We urge political leaders to dedicate themselves to finding a peaceful solution to this conflict through dialogue.

Most Reverend Roger Ébacher,
Archbishop of Gatineau and
Chairman of the Human Rights Committee

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