WCC condemns Paris slayings
People all over the world gather in solidarity and prayer. The slogan "Je suis Charlie" is widely used to express solidarity with the victims and the human rights (Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Photo: Brigitte Djajasasmita
07 January 2015
Reacting to news of the deaths of twelve persons in an armed attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches Georges Lemopoulos said:
"The fatal attack that has taken place today in Paris against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is an attack on human life, human dignity and the human rights of all. The World Council of Churches utterly rejects and condemns any religious justification advanced for it. Together with all people of true faith and good will, we pray for the victims and their families, for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, for the extremist ideology that inspired this attack to be extinguished, and that justified outrage may not lead to reprisals against Muslims or fuel anti-Islamic sentiment."
Statement by the French Protestant Federation (in French)