Peace and Development

IWD 2014 Margaret Ali with Baroness Verma

At the Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) International Women's Day 2014 event in the UK's House of Lords, Margaret Keverian Ali, a Director of UPF UK, spoke of the role of women from a UPF perspective. Co-founded by Father and Mother Moon in 2005, UPF is currently guided by Mother Moon* after the ascension (passing) of Father Moon almost 2 years ago.

Read more: The Role of Women At This Time - UPF Perspective

'Some Perspectives on Genocide' - By Desmond Fernandes.[i]

Presented at the 'Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness' meeting, the House of Commons, Committee Room 16, Westminster, 4th February 2014. Organised by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma, MP.

Desmond Fernandes, in his presentation, highlighted some of the key perspectives of Raphael Lemkin (who coined the neologism genocide), Khatchatur Pilikian, Gregory Stanton and John Docker on genocide. Pilikian, on the occasion of Hrant Dink Day on 19th January 2010, had observed that:

Our turbulent times ... will soon teach us new lessons, granted we are willing to learn and act upon it. As the Preamble of the Verdict of the prestigious Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal of April 16th 1984 concludes: ‘Indeed, acknowledging genocide itself is a fundamental means of struggling against genocide. The acknowledgement is itself an affirmation of the right of a people under international law to a safeguarded existence’.

 

Read more: Some Perspectives on Genocide

Dr Aaron Rhodes presenting a paper at a UPF conference at the European Economic and Social CouncilForum for Religious Freedom - Europe names Aaron Rhodes President

Vienna, 4.Apil, 20014 (FOREF): Dr. Aaron Rhodes will succeed Professor Christian Bruenner as President of the Forum for Religious Freedom – Europe (FOREF).  The board of directors will formalize the selection at their General Assembly meeting on 5 April 2014.

Aaron Rhodes is a founder of the Freedom Rights Project, a human rights research initiative and think-tank.  He was formerly associated with the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), which he led for 14 years between 1993 and  2007.  In 2008, he and colleagues established the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  Rhodes has taught and lectured widely at universities in the United States and Europe. (Photo [L-R] Peter Zoehrer, Dr. Aaron Rhodes, Dr. Willy Fautre, Jura Nanuk)

Read more: Forum for Religious Freedom - Europe names Aaron Rhodes President

Dr Walter SchwimmerWalter Schwimmer is the Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations. He gave this speech in Japan during a series of Universal Peace Federation events.

What is Europe? Looking at the map, strictly speaking, and from a geographic point of view, it is not a continent at all but a mere peninsula tacked onto Asia, the Western-most outreach of Eurasia, while Japan is the Eastern-most one. Europe has been considered since ancient times a continent with a strong cultural identity, despite its huge variety of nations, languages, features, landscape and religious beliefs. You will find in Europe 49 states, 200 languages, and several religious affiliations: Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and even Buddhists; there are Latin, Germanic, Slavic and Ottoman traditions, and others. But for millennia this Europe was far from forming unity and providing peace.

Read more: The European Dream

Pauline LongPauline Long photo courtesy of Ingrid Marns

'In the Twenty First Century Congo has been dubbed the Rape Capital of the world. We should ask ourselves: Why? For How Long? If it is not Congo, it might be Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe or Rwanda. It might be any African country. It is always Africa. Why? Is it because we are not out there screaming and shouting? Because we are not out there defending? Is it because of the lack of human love?

Read more: Be an Ambassador of Human Love

Concert InvitationA Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK, YouthUPF and International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) - UK concert to raise money for a North Korean Medical Project was held last night in UPF's UK Head Quarters last night featuring wonderful singers and musicians who donated their efforts for the cause. The audience was also able to enjoy spicy Korean food as well as learn about the jointly supported North Korean Medical Project and other IRFF humanitarian efforts. Photo Link  

Read more: Concert for a North Korean Medical Project

Charlotte SimonA WOMAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PILLAR OF A SOCIETY. SHE IS A WIFE, A MOTHER AND A CARER. I AM AMAZED BY THE LOAD A WOMAN CAN CARRY. IN AFRICA, I HAVE SEEN WOMEN CARRY SUCH A BIG LOAD ON THEY BACK COMING FROM THE FIELD, A LOAD BIGGER THAN THEIR NORMAL HEIGHT JUST SO THEY COULD CATER FOR THEIR   FAMILIES. IN EUROPE I HAVE SEEN WOMAN WORK SO HARD JUGGLING BETWEEN THEIR JOBS AND HOME TO KEEP THEIR FAMILIES HAPPY.

Read more: DRC: From Genocide to Recovery - Africa Needs Strong Women