The Muslim Council of Elders and the Ministry of Justice of the United Arab Emirates jointly held a symposium titled “The Role of Judicial Institutions in Fostering Peace and Human Fraternity.” The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam stated during the seminar that justice is the foundation for societal interaction within humans and that it is necessary for there to be justice in order for there to be true peace.
According to Abdelsalam, there are two fundamental components that can be distinguished when defining peace: the first is “the absence of violence or war,” also known as “negative peace,” and the second is “positive peace,” which necessitates the integration of human society’s values, cultural and legal safeguards, and the enforcement of law, which also ensures societal stability and emphasizes the fight against prejudice and hate.
Abdelsalam continued, “The Human Fraternity Document, whose signing is celebrated around the world on February 4th each year, places an emphasis on the virtues of justice, human dignity, citizenship, love, and respect for one another without prejudice or hatred. Justice institutions have a role to play at the national and international levels in fostering peace and strengthening the links of human fraternity. These are ideals that we are all responsible for fostering in our society and nations.”
The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders added, “The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity is an initiative that was unveiled after the Document on Human Fraternity was signed. It is an annual prize awarded to institutions and individuals who significantly advance the principles outlined within the document. It also shines light on significant individuals and organizations that promote change, provide quality programs that foster a more peaceful human society for all people, and create communication and coexistence bridges.”
Abdelsalam also praised efforts made by the UAE’s Ministry of Justice in terms of establishing justice and the promotion of integrity and transparency in order to enhance the role of justice institutions in promoting peace and tolerance. He also noted the Ministry’s role in providing necessary legal services and establishing a culture of innovation to ensure the rule of law and the preservation of rights.