Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 30
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
Azerbaijan inspires with its tolerance and attitude towards multiculturalism, said Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, during a round table “Different Models of Multiculturalism: from Theory to Humanitarian Practice.”
The round table discussion was held as a part of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum, which kicked off Sept. 29 in Azerbaijan’s capital.
“In Africa, where I live, there are big problems with religious tolerance,” said Soyinka.
In different countries there are different groups, the purpose of which is to prosecute members of other religions, to keep them in awe, to restrict their freedom, he added.
“Being here in Azerbaijan, I am amazed at how people of different nationalities and religions coexist, communicate and respect each other,” noted Soyinka. “Such tolerance, such an attitude towards multiculturalism in Azerbaijan is inspiring me. I would like many countries to take the example of your country.”
The Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual platform for famous representatives of political, science and culture elite of the world community, including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various fields of science and leaders of influential international organizations for holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interests of all humanity.
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