From 19 to 21 October 2018 is going to be held for the third time the International Conference WeAreN We are all Nazarenes, an encounter on religious freedom centered, this time, on Persecuted Children and Youth.
The first conference WeAreN We are all Nazarenes took place in Madrid, in January 2015. During three days, hundreds of people were able to hear the testimony of 28 eyewitnesses and their experiences under religious persecution.
The second edition was celebrated in April 2016, at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. It had a really strong impact within the UN and a major international media coverage.
This time, the third edition will involve direct witnesses from religious persecution from Middle East and Africa. It will be focused on children and youth, whom are suffering persecution because of their faith.
The principal speakers of the III WeAreN Conference 2018 are children and young Christians victims of jihadist terrorism: what can we do from the West to help them in an effective way?
The conference proposes to join the Call to Action, which you can read by clicking in this link. The entities that share its point of view can also join the document through this form.
Why a conference on persecuted Christians?
According to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, from 100 to 150 million Christians in the world suffer persecution every year because of their faith. Christians are the most persecuted sector on earth and its religion the one that faces the most number of violence acts, deaths and displaced people.
Our society has denounced, as it was the fair to do, other genocides produced in the past, but continues to ignore the genocide of our time, the most brutal in the history of mankind.
We do not understand that we defend so hard, so many economic resources and so much media attention to the quality of life of, for example, some species of insects, and at the same time we ignore that every five minutes a Christian is killed because of his faith.
To draw attention to the Christian genocide is now the best way to fight for human rights, justice and equality. There is no battle in our time that requires more urgency and commitment by those who feel members of the human species.
The international conferences on religious freedom WeAreN We are all Nazarenes, organized by MasLibres.org and CitizenGO, aim to raise awareness and inform Governments, society and Western media about the need to respond to the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world since the Second World War: the genocide of Christians and other religious minorities perpetrated by Islamist extremism in countries like Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, etc.
The first international conference Wearen We are all Nazarenes took place in Madrid (Spain) in 2015. The second one was held at the UN headquarters in New York (USA) in 2016. Both editions counted with the participation of real victims from the jihadist persecution: Christian patriarchs of Eastern churches, bishops, archbishops, pastors and missionaries from dioceses and churches beaten by barbarism in Africa and the Middle East, as well as believers who had experienced firsthand violent acts and persecution because of their faith.
From 15th to 18th October
- Prayer vigil for the persecuted Christians between 15th and 21st October in 132 cities of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Equador, United States, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, and Spain.
- On Wednesday 17th October, a prayer vigil in front of the Nigeria Embassy in Madrid, at 20:00 pm. Calle Segre, 23 Madrid.
- On Thursday 18th October, at 17:00 pm., volunteers of MasLibres.org and persecuted Christians which are participating at the Conference will deliver the petition and the signatures at the “Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Palacio de Santa Cruz, Plaza de la Provincia, 1, Madrid.
All the activities will take place at the Conference room: Puerta América Hotel, Avenida de América, 41, Madrid.
- 10:30 – Credentials.
- 11:30 – “The persecuted children”. Inauguration of the Photographic Exhibit.
- 12:00 – “The most vulnerable of the vulnerable”. Ignacio Arsuaga, President of CitizengoGO and HazteOir.org: Inauguration of the III International Conference WeAreN Todos Somos Nazarenos.
- 12:15 – Christian children under Islam. Testimony – Michael Jones.
- 13:10 – “They attacked the University because 95% of the teaching staff and the students are Christians”. Testimony – Fredrick Gitonga & Obwamu Ombunga: When to study is to risk your life.
- 13:45 – “The militia is kidnapping, raping and massacring children. They raped a religious woman, they encouraged her to leave, but she did not want”. Testimony – Martyrdom borders: South Sudan – Mother Yudith Pereira.
- 16:00 – Islam, jihadism, and Islamophobia: Are we condemned to confrontation? – Roundtable: Florentino Portero, José Javier Esparza, Luis de la Corte, Luis Losada.
- 16:50 – “If Nigeria falls on Islamists hands, Africa is in danger”. Testimony – Pastors under the jihad: Mons. Egbebo.
- 18:00 – That’s how Persecuted Christians live. Film
- 18:45 – “He lifted my chin because he wanted me to watch the camera and he put the knife in my neck”. – Testimony – Antonio Pampliega: A Spaniard kidnapped by Al Qaeda.
- 19:30 – End of the first conference day.
All the activities will take place at the Conference room: Hotel Puerta América, Avenida de América, 41, Madrid.
- 09:30 – Report – 21 martyrs.
- 09:45 – “They murdered without mercy one of my brothers, they shot him point-blank just because he was a Christian”. Testimony – Naim Shoshandy & Gabriele Firas: Martyrdom borders: Nineveh.
- 10:30 – “I shared a cell with Bin Laden’s bodyguard”. Testimony – Petr Jasek: The persecution of the testimony of the faith.
- 11:15 – “When we, persecuted Christians, find refuge in the West, persecution also continues here”. Testimony – Aslam Malik: Living under the blasphemy law.
- 12:15 – “Is Islam a religion of love?” Analysis – Samir Khalil
- 13:00 – “They sell children as slaves for 300€”. Testimony – Antonio A. Fernández: To the rescue of Christians in the hands of the jihad.
- 13:35 – “My youngest child was murdered in front of me. Then one of the terrorists raped me, I got pregnant”. Testimony – Rebecca Bitrus: Kidnapped by the jihad.
- 15:30 – “Picking up dead bodies for a mass grave, embracing children until the bursts stop, the blood gets frozen”. Testimony – Pastors under jihad: Mons. Aguirre
- 16:15 – “During my kidnapping, I was praying and I was asking why the Lord did not want me to embrace martyrdom”. Testimony – Martyrdom borders: Yemen – Tom Uzhunnalil & George Muttathuparambil.
- 17:00 – End of the second conference day.
Catholic and Evangelical religious services.
How to get your ticket
You can get your ticket for the III International Conference Todos Somos Nazarenos WeAreN 2018 using this link: https://www.eventbrite.es/e/entradas-iii-international-conference-we-are-all-nazarenes-41814120159
How to get to the Conference
The III International Conference Todos Somos Nazarenos WeAreN 2018 will be held at the Puerta América Hotel:
Phone +34 91 5547189 / +34 617203086
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Petition addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Her excellency Michelle Bachelet; to the special rapporteur on freedom of religion, His excellency Ahmed Shaheed; and the rapporteur of the working group on arbitrary arrests, His excellency José Antonio Vergara Bermúdez.
Use the form below to join this request and send it. This is the text:
Millions of children and young people lack civil rights and suffer violence because of their religion in too many countries.
Between 2015 and 2017 there has been the greatest persecution of Christians in all of history. And that persecution is especially painful and dangerous when it is addressed to children and to the youngest.
In 2017 alone more than three thousand Christians were killed because of their faith, and a good part of them were children and young people.
Because of your high positions, you can encourage the United Nations to provide adequate and effective mechanisms for the protection of persecuted Christian communities anywhere in the world.
You can lead an initiative that encourages the members of the General Assembly to promote the creation of the “Universal Day of Religious Freedom” in order to recognize the right of any person to profess their religious faith in public.
Within the scope of your specific competences, I ask you to consider taking these initiatives and how many you consider effective to protect the life and rights of Christian children and youth persecuted because of their faith.
I am sure that you will be especially sensitive to this request, which is shared by millions of citizens around the world.
Thank you very much.