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Murtaza Shibli, Editor 7/7: Muslim Perspectives
Murtaza Shibli was born and brought up on the Indian side of Kashmir. He has worked as a journalist, security consultant and aid worker. As a journalist he has interviewed scores of resistance guerrilla leaders in Kashmir including some Afghan jihad veterans. In his most previous job he was Public Affairs and Media Officer of the Muslim Council of Britian. He is the editor of ‘7/7: Muslim Perspectives’ that reveals the experiences of Muslims in the aftermath of the July 7th 2005 tragic suicide bombing in London. As a five year on review it has allowed the reappraisal of the victimisation of the Muslim community by parts of the UK press. He is currently working on a music album in his mother tongue ‘Koshur’.
Andreas Bachofner, a Trustee of Children's Relief Bethlehem UK, was presented with an Ambassador for Peace award for his charitable work during the Universal Peace Federation - UK Peace Council on July 3rd 2010. Andreas gave a talk about the Caritas Baby Hospital, Bethlehem's important work for maternal and children's health in the West Bank. (For further information link)
An Ambassador for Peace Award was presented to Tom Brake MP at the 'A New Future for Britain: Where Will the Coalition Lead Us?' meeting in Thornton Heath, South London UPF meeting on July 26th 2010.
Nicolette de Burford was presented with an Ambassador for Peace award by Lord King, Margaret Ali and Robin Marsh. Nicolette is passionate about interfaith and environment issues.
'It was a lovely surprise and honour to be made an Ambassador for Peace! With the love of God, I will always strive to be this.
Thank you so much!
I must say that I love coming to your events and meeting the people that attend them. I have made some very positive contacts and I believe that some wonderful joint good work will come from them.
Coming to the UPF events has made all the difference to my life in London, and maybe one day I will have a moment to tell you how much I feel at home with the idea of One Family under God and how I found peace and identity in many different faiths.'
UPF would like to extend our congratulations to Dr Husna Ahmad OBE.
Chief Executive Dr Husna Ahmad named in Birthday Honours List
“The Board and staff of the (Faith Regen) Foundation are overjoyed to note that their Chief Executive’s work has been recognised in the award of an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Husna has led our organisation with skill and energy through difficult times and was always motivated in wanting to overcome poverty and to do whatever was necessary to help people take a decent place in the world.
Her skill and determination was first recognised in the award of a Doctorate but alongside her successful career she has contributed to her husband Saif’s equally distinguished attainments and being mother to their six talented children. On behalf of the Board and staff we congratulate Husna and believe that this is not a concluding award but a signal for even greater achievements to come.”
Brian A Mc Andrew: Executive Chair, Faith Regen Foundation
Dr Hari Shukla OBE was presented with an Ambassador for Peace award by Lord King of West Bromwich on July 3rd during the UPF Peace Council in London. Dr Shukla has pioneered the 'City of Peace' movement in Newcastle in a lifetime of community cohesion activities.
Anil Bhanot received an OBE during the Queen's Birthday Honours. He served as the General Secretary of the Hindu Council - UK.
Anil Bhanot has been active in interfaith relations in the UK for many years. He has supported UPF events for a number of years. UPF Secretariat want to extend our congratulations for this deserved award.