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Lawrence Joffe speaks on the Holocaust

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Lawrence Joffe, an author and historian, spoke of the horror of the Holocaust. ‘Genocide is defined as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, by killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.’  Universal Peace Federation's founding purpose, to create an Inter-religious Council, especially at the United Nations, could be a useful forum for dialogue to respond to these tragedies at an early stage. More Photos    Original article Dr Hojjat Ramzy on Bosnian Genocide. Rachel Francis-Ingham on Gypsy-Roma Genocide. Included talks on  the Rwandan Genocide, Armenian Genocide and the 1984 Sikh Genocide.

Read more: Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration

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Bethlehem Baby Hospital

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Caritas Baby Hospital, Bethlehem has long been a favourite place for the Universal Peace Federation’s Middle East Peace Initiative to visit. On Thursday April 15th there was an appeal made by Daniel Hurter and  Andreas Bachofner of Children’s Relief Bethlehem UK during the Joint Faiths' Celebration.

Daniel Hurter introduced a heartwarming 7 minute video of the work of Children’s Relief Bethlehem which finances and manages the Caritas Baby Hospital. (This can be seen by the video link. For further information please see link.) They provide medical care for all children regardless of race, religion or ability to pay, together with health education and other projects to benefit families in this troubled region of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Read more: Children's Relief Bethlehem - Daniel Hurter

Front Panel Immigrants Contribution to the UK, Lord Parekh, Keith Best  and Tom Brake MP

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'I am described as the most hated man in England’ said Keith Best, the Chair of Immigration Advisory Service UK (IASUK), referring to a BNP website as an illustration of the controversy and confusion that surrounds the immigration debate. (Press Release link here.) Yasmin Alibhai – Brown commented that the media had surrendered the debate to the anti – immigration lobby. Lord Parekh explored how to frame an effective discussion on immigration (full speech link). Video of Seja Majeed's talk.

Read more: Immigrant’s Contribution to the UK

UPF-UK Secretary General Robin Marsh addressing World Minorities Alliance UK Launch

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Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK Secretary General, Robin Marsh, was invited to address the UK launch of the World Minorities Alliance. It is a laudable initiative of  Mr Julius Salik in Pakistan and supported by UPF Pakistan branch. The initiative shares much in common with UPF's vison of humankind being 'one family under God' in which all people have equal value irrespective of where they are born. Marsh emphasised the founding purpose of UPF to create an Inter-religious Council in the United Nations that would enhance inter-religious and inter-cultural understanding and peaceful relations. He also congratulated Pakistan for its wisdom in co-sponsoring the UN Resolution with the Philippines to establish a unit within the UN Secretariat to promote Interfaith Dialogue. Pakistan Times' UK Bureau article of event  link here.

Read more: World Minorities Alliance launched in UK

International Womens Day group photo

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A Universal Peace Federation and Women’s Federation for World Peace event to celebrate the UN’s International Women’s Day was held aptly on the UK’s Mother’s Day. There were speeches from Mrs Ella Marks, President of the League of Jewish Women, Shenaz Bunglawala, Vice Chair of the International and European Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain and student activist, Anisha Pabari.

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