Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Youth Takes the Floor

Regarding the case of the drawings of the Prophet Mohammed

We hereby take the opportunity to explain the position of The Danish Youth Council (DUF) regarding the unfortunate drawings of the Prophet Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on September 30, 2005.

DUF is an umbrella organization with 70 member organizations and together we actively work and call for respect among children and young people of different cultures and confessional backgrounds - both in Denmark and in the world at large. DUFs mandate is to promote understanding and solidarity between children and young people by co-operating across cultural, confessional and national boundaries through projects carried by respect and modesty. It has been very alarming for us to see this case unfolding and intensifying throughout the last couple of months.

DUF firmly believes in the freedom of expression, which we consider to be the backbone of a democratic society. We regret that it has been perceived as an insult to Islam and Muslims in general. DUF naturally distances itself from the demonising of any religion. This incident clearly illustrates that there is a vital need for cultural, political and religious dialogue so as to prevent instances like this from taking place.

DUF has recently launched a youth programme, which encourages partnerships among Danish children and youth organizations and children and youth organizations in the Middle East and North Africa and cross border dialogue seminars gathering young people from Denmark and the Middle East and North Africa.

DUF initiated this project in order to contribute actively to peaceful coexistence, dialogue, respect and tolerance between children and youth in the Arab world and Denmark. We sincerely hope that our efforts will contribute to mutual respect and understanding in the years to come.


Jeppe Bruus, President
Rasmus Hylleberg, Secretary General
The Danish Youth Council


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