Universal Code of Conduct on Holy Sites

Graveyard, Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina
Religiøst mangfold, Bosnia Herzegovina
Moske, Sarajevo
Gravplass i Sarajevo, Bosnia og Herzegovina
Ortodoks kirke, Bosnia Herzegovina
To ortodokse prester i en serbisk landsby i Bosnia Herzegovina
Serbisk ortodox kirke i en landsby utenfor Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Bhuddist tempel in Myanmar/Burma
Det inter-religiøse rådet i Bosnia Herzegovina
Kirke i gamlebyen i Jerusalem
Temple Mount/ al-Aqsa


Holy sites are of crucial spiritual and cultural significance to billions of people across the globe. Yet, history demonstrates again and again how easy it is for sacred places to become inextricably caught up in political, territorial and religious disputes, becoming pawns of conflict themselves. Harm to holy sites has an impact on the core of people’s identities, reinforces community trauma, and adds a deep symbolic dimension to conflict. Attacks on places of worship frequently fuel the escalation of violence as well.

The result of all this is that too often, in the minds of many, religion becomes a synonym of violence, losing its potential to be a force for peace, justice and reconciliation. The Universal Code of Conduct on Holy Sites is a new, cutting-edge strategy to mitigate interreligious conflict and build peace across the globe. See more information on the webpage of this joint initiative between the Oslo Center, One World in Dialogue, Search for Common Ground and Religions for Peace


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