We believe that field projects are the best way to test the viability of the Universal Code. They can be based on all or parts of it, and adapted as needed to local contexts. They can include educational activities, monitoring, research, joint visits, involvement of local leaders, media outreach, and liaising with the police and the judiciary system to ensure the enforcement of laws.
A project has just started in Nigeria, with a primary focus on education as well as protecting and reconstructing the holy sites in the Plateau and Kaduna States. Our local partners have established working groups to move the process forward, with the support of Cardinal John Onaiyekan and the Sultan of Sukoto.
A new field project is also starting in Tunisia to facilitate cooperation and consensus building on safeguarding holy sites among key religious leaders at the national and governorate levels. This consensus is a necessary first step to facilitate collaboration and joint actions by Muslim leaders from across the ideological spectrum, as well as Jewish and Christian religious minorities, to create a system by which these sites are protected and made sanctuaries in Tunisia. The resulting collaboration will be highlighted to the Tunisian public through national and local media.