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Hatred Pyramid and the Ways to Achieve Social Tolerance

Tammuz Organization for Civil Development held a seminar, with in the framework of the ISF activities to preserve the civil peace, under the title “Hatred Pyramid and the Ways to Achieve Social Tolerance” at the TOSD headquarter on Sat. 23-08-2014. The symposium witnessed a broad participation of official personalities representing the MoHR and Baghdad Provincial council, as well as representatives of the Iraqi NGOs, and social and legal activists.

The symposium was opened by our colleague Evan Alfailli, member of the administrative board of TOSD, with a short speech welcoming the participants, mentioned the participation of TOSD in supporting the ISF activities, which first version was held during the period of (26th-28th Sept. 2013) in Baghdad. He also gave a briefing about what are the reasons behind holding this symposium during this crucial time that comes as a first of a sequence of activities that the ISF is planning to hold, which aim to preserve the social peace, and targets civil and political activists, intellectuals, journalists, researchers, and those who are concerned with civil peace.

Then the social researcher Eng. Ghailan Al Jobouri presented his paper of the Intolerant trends in Iraqi society, what is the role that the official and civil foundations and bodies should play, and what should we do to overcome the current crisis that is raging the Iraqi society.

After that, the researcher listened to the inquiries and interventions of the participants, which highly enriched the subject of debate.

The participants came up with the following recommendations:

1.            The formation of four committees (or working teams) to be adopted by a group of organizations.

Media team

Social dialogue team

Psychological support team

Educational team

2.            Distributing academic education among intellectuals, NGOs, journalists, and politicians. Renunciation of religious, sectarian and nationalist intolerance in all its forms, and maintain the language of citizenship and social justice.

3.            Train groups to work on reducing hatred, or change attitudes that stimulate hatred or intolerance. Form work groups of the NGOs To renounce hatred and transmit the spirit of tolerance.

4.            Provide the material and tools of new jobs, amend economy, and adopt development economic policies to build the country and terminate unemployment and poverty.

5.            Networking between the groups, and activate joined social campaigns to reduce intolerance.

6.            Legislate the roles that will induce the spirit of tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

7.            Respect all religions and believes in Iraq, sponsor diversity and consider it as a source of power and unity of Iraq.

8.            Promote the principle of peaceful transfer of authority, holding elections, promote the democratic practices, and respect the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

9.            Organizing the work of media foundations, and oblige them to commit to the standards of professionalism and impartiality in delivering the facts, and be a factor of calming the situation and promoting peace, instead of war and fighting.

10.          Activate solidarity campaigns inside and outside Iraq.

It’s worth to mention that TOSD held a number of activities and civil campaigns since 2006, that aimed at promoting the civil peace and peaceful coexistence among all components of the Iraqi spectrum, which participate in building global peace.

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Tammuz Organization for civil Development

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