we join our voice to those of many others who are condemning the barbaric act done in Paris this week and all acts committed in the name of God, gods or Allah anywhere in the world. Below is our statement:
The Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity and Accountability (HALEA) is greatly saddened by the attack on the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France that left over twelve people dead and many others critically injured.This is an attack on freedom of expression, freedom of thought and a right to life that are all universally recognized as fundamental human rights.
This attack follows several others believed to be terror acts committed by Islamic fundamentalists who have always resorted to violent methods as a means of joining debates related to objecting to some Islamic religious views.In Africa, we have always experienced similar attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda among others.We have lost thousands of lives at the hands of people who claim to be ‘avenging’, killing others in the name of God or Allah and this has and continues to stifle freedom of thought, expression and belief.As an organisation, we have gone through such attacks and we totally feel and appreciate the pain all the victims of such attacks go through.
We call upon all peace loving individuals,human rights defenders, defenders of civil liberties, political actors and state authorities through out the world and all international organisations and world bodies such as the United Nations to join hands in ending such attacks.We call for tolerance, and adherence to the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and above all, we yearn seeing all perpetrators of such heinous acts being apprehended and facing the wrath of the law.We are calling for peace not war,we are calling for life not death.
It is being alive and having a peaceful environment that will enable the world be reasonable, be a good place to live on in this one life we have.We mourn with all the affected families and we hope that justice will be done.