[The following statement was issued in Arabic by the Young Baghdad Society on 12 January 2012.]
Toward a Civil and Tolerant Iraq
A few months after the founding of “Young Baghdad,” with the participation of a group of Iraqis from various fields, the society launched its first campaign under the title “The National Campaign Against Sectarianism.
While the signatories of this statement recognize the devastating effects of sectarianism on the structure of Iraqi society and its political elites, they yearn for a civil and tolerant Iraq, worthy of the dreams of the martyrs who died on the road to liberty and of the ambitions of this great people.
In a virtual meeting that lasted for hours, Iraqi artists and writers living all over the world, convened to issue a statement about these difficult times our country is going through where sectarian tensions are at an apex. The signatories of this statement agreed on the following main points which they address to our people inside and outside Iraq.
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