Pax Christi International urges international community to help strengthen Iraq through human rights and the rule of law instead of increased military action



Pax Christi International, the international Catholic peace movement, expresses its solidarity with the victims of this weekend’s attack in Iraq by the jihadist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Hundreds of people were killed and injured. Today, Muslims start celebrating the end of Ramadan (Eid-al-Fitr). However, it will not be all about feasting, as many will be mourning the attack in Baghdad, as well as those in Istanbul, Dhaka and Medina, and feeling anxious about their future.

“I express my closeness to the families of the victims and the wounded in yesterday's attack,” Pope Francis said during his weekly post-Angelus in St. Peter's Square. “Let us pray together for them, for the departed, and let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of the violent, blinded by hate.”[1] Pax Christi International is calling its members around the world and all people of good will - on this religiously important holiday for Muslims - to pray for the people of Iraq and of all other places where terrorist attacks have taken place and civilians have suffered horrendously.

Pax Christi International is utterly concerned about the continuous violence in Iraq. Moreover, this bombing is believed to be the single deadliest bomb attack in Iraq since 2007. The United States said on Sunday that the attack strengthened its resolve to support Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIL.[2] However, this military approach has clearly not led to less violence. We therefore recall our previous statements on Iraq in which we recommended that the US and the rest of the international community undertake non-military actions in order to strengthen human rights and to urgently establish the rule of law. 

We wish the Iraqi people and Muslims around the world a peaceful end to the holy month of Ramadan.

Brussels, July 5th 2016


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