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Community Cohesion

Rt Hon Tom Brake MPRt. Hon. Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat spokesman for Home Affairs issues, took a Human Rights angle on the recent riots in the United Kingdom. He expressed his concern that Human Rights are experiencing a backlash in UK at the moment. They had not restricted the police in dealing with the looting. “The police does not want or need new weapons, curfew powers, or the power to shut down social networks”, he stated and expressed his concern about misleading language in the media, when it comes to “so-called Human Rights.”

Read more: Rt Hon Tom Brake MP - Riots and Human Rights

Lord ParekhProf. Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster stated that Human Rights must include socio-economic rights. He expressed his concern that “rights are being chipped away” by budget cuts, “the war on immigration” and the practice of “stop and search” by British police. 

Propositions

1) Human Rights in Europe are part of Liberal Jurisprudence

We do not have minority rights unlike nations like India or in parts of the Middle East or in South Africa or Canada. Rights here are fundamentally individual rights, enjoyed by minorities as individuals not as a collectivity.

2) Rights are not just civil and political. They are also social and economic rights and they extend to welfare and social benefit and lots of other things.

Read more: Minority Community Rights in Europe by Prof. Lord Bhikhu Parekh

Islam Multiculturalism and the Lessons of Norway

An event, held yesterday in the House of Lords to mark 12th September as a Global Interdependence Day, was entitled 'Islam, Multi-culturalism and the Lessons of Norway' and co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation. The programme had been organised by Prof. Lord Bhikhu Parekh, who sadly could not be present. The distinguished panel included, Mr Jan Gustav Strandanaeu, U.N. Consultant on Environmental issues, Dr Omar Khan, Research Director, Runnymede Trust, Imam Sajid, Chair of Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony, Lord Frank Judd, Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Chair of World Council of Faiths, Dr Varun Uberoi, Lecturer at Brunel University, and the programme was chaired by Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel. The event was co-sponsored by the Gandhi Foundation, Runnymede Trust, Universal Peace Federation and Civ-World (U.S.A.).

Read more: Islam, Multiculturalism and the Lessons of Norway

UN Geneva - Multiculturalism a Cause for Peace

The United Nations, Geneva, 23rd September 2011

In a major conference in UN Geneva convened by the Universal Peace Federation and the Women's Federation for World Peace, the role of multiculturalism was considered by such influential figures as Ambassador Makarim Wibisono, the former Chair of UN's ECOSOC and UN Human Rights Council and Dr Walter Schwimmer, the former Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

In an introduction by Dr. Yong Cheon Song, Chairman of the Universal Peace Federation in Europe he quoted UPF's Founder, Dr Sun Myung Moon on the role of religion in solving interreligious and intercultural conflict.

'Religious people have not always been good examples in the practice of love and living for the sake of others, especially beyond the limits of their own culture. For this reason they should engage in deep self-reflection. It is time for religious people to repent for their preoccupation with individual salvation and narrow denominational interests.' Dr Moon suggested that an Inter-religious Council at the United Nations would be an ideal forum for dialogue between the religious-cultural spheres of the world. 

Read more: Multi-culturalism - A Contribution for Peace?

Forgiveness and Reconciliation BirminghamThe Soho Road’s Nishkam Centre was the venue for the fourth in a series of conferences on the topic of ‘Forgiveness’ organized by the Universal Peace Federation, and the first of these conferences to be held in Birmingham. Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh and the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha community generously offered to host the event. They provided all the early arrivals with a vegetarian lunch, before we moved into the second floor conference room, a very modern, elegant and spacious facility. Around 140 people attended the meeting during the course of the afternoon.

Sukhbir Singh, from GNNSJ in London, gave some opening remarks to welcome everyone, and this was followed by a moving invocation from the Very Rev Peter Berry, former Provost of St Phillips Cathedral in Birmingham, highly respected for his great pioneering work in the world of interfaith, inviting God’s spirit to be with us, to hold us together and inspire us in our deliberations on such a sensitive topic.

Read more: Forgiveness in our Faith Traditions - Birmingham