- Written by Editorial Team
The Mauritius Dharma Declaration
We proclaim and affirm our acceptance of the unity of life and the relationship of all beings as divine and the Dharmic way of life as the way to tranquillity of the individual, family, community and world. The Dharma Shastras of Sanatan Dharma recognise that divinity resides in the Hridayam (Heart) of all peoples and that this divinity is the same ParamAtma in all. As members of the oldest thriving continuous indigenous civilisation, a civilisation whose scriptures have for thousands of years enshrined the highest principles of human rights and ecological rights, our communities accept responsibility to act according to the scriptures and to actively remind other members of our communities, and of other communities of this scriptural wisdom
- We assert that our Dharmic traditions rest upon the protection of freedoms to think without constraint and engage in respectful free speech as given in many of our Shastras and also in international instruments [Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights]
- We assert that Conversion is an act of adharma, of violence and is destructive of family, community and civilisational cohesion and is diametrically opposed to the identity specific rights of indigenous civilisations as enshrined in the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP Articles 8.2, 11.2 and others).