To the Secretary General of the United Nations:
The people of Syria and Iraq are facing immense suffering due to years of war and violent unrest. We believe that the lives, livelihoods and freedoms of all people in Syria and Iraq should be protected and guaranteed. This includes the Christians.
The church in both these countries has played a vital role in society for almost 2,000 years. Yet Christians continue to face significant targeted violence and persecution. They are committed to being a place of hope and compassion for the years to come but need urgent change to ensure a future in their homelands.
We cannot stand by while Christians and others in the Middle East face unprecedented threat. We must give them hope.
Therefore, we urge you to use your good offices on behalf of Christians and other religious groups in Syria and Iraq to:
We call upon our government and the United Nations to ensure that Christians and other minorities enjoy:
1. The right to equal citizenship 2. Dignified living conditions 3. A prominent role in reconciling and rebuilding society.
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Over 290,000 people from 116 countries have spoken out, calling for a hope and a future for Christians in the Middle East. Will you join them?The crisis that’s been unfolding in the Middle East is like nothing we’ve seen before. Yet courageous Christians have chosen to stay in their homelands to shine the light of Christ - despite the most intense persecution and the attempts of extremists to drive the church out.We asked church leaders and Christians from Syria and Iraq what would give them hope. They highlighted three things: equality, dignity and responsibility. It’s vital that their call reaches the ears of world leaders so that change can happen on the ground.This is only possible with global support – with your support. One million voices can make this happen. Join your brothers and sisters from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Brazil, Sweden, Hong Kong, India and beyond to speak out in hope for the Middle East. Sign the petition today!