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Dr. and Mrs. Yong Cheon Song visited the UK with a delegation of Japanese members who had supported European activities. They were welcomed by Lord Nazir Ahmed to the House of Lords. Lord Ahmed had launched the Universal Peace Federation in the House of Lords in 2006 and has attended a number of international conferences in the Middle East and the Republic of Korea.
The delegation had a celebratory dinner in Lancaster Gate in the evening before returning to Japan the next day.
International Chairman, Universal Peace Federation
December 3-4, 2013 Hotel Paris 'Novotel Vaugirard', Paris, France
Distinguished Guests, Ambassadors of Peace, Ladies & Gentlemen, on behalf of the Founder, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, and the members of the Board of Directors and the Presiding Council of UPF International, it is my privilege to address you today here in Paris for this conference on Cooperating for a Culture of Peace and Human Development.
I want to express my appreciation to the co-sponsors of this conference, especially the Mission of Tadjikistan, represented here by Ambassador Soliev, along with the Missions of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. I am indeed honored and grateful that we received a message of welcome and support for this conference from former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali. In addition, I was very pleased to watch the video message from H.E. Federico Mayor, former UNESCO Director General, and to listen to the speech, read by his Secretary, of former President Kravchuk of Ukraine. President Kravchuk was prevented from being here himself due to the current situation in his country.
I must congratulate the Universal Peace Federation and the Women’s Federation for World Peace for getting so many people from many different backgrounds, cutting across race, nationality and religion. You bring depth and breadth into the same room. I have been a long -time advocate for women. As Mitty Tohma said the late Dr Moon saw a great role for women in the future.
The society and culture has only survived through the strength of its women. They have fought to keep their families together through wartime, economic crashes and many hardships. I do not know any mother who would not cower in a corner to protect her children from the evil that surrounded them.
Hon. Dr. Michael Frendo, the former Speaker of the Maltese Parliament and former Foreign Minister of Malta, originally had been due to speak on the second day on the subject of ‘Immigration and Refugees Experience in Europe’. It is an issue of concern that is close to his heart that therefore presented during the Plenary.
'Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states; All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Although these ideals have been promoted throughout the world since its declaration and the establishment of Human Rights Day, we see numerous states where these rights have been violated on a massive scale. You have to remind yourself of the rights in the Universal Declaration.
Human Rights Conventions and the Rule of Law should apply in democratic nations because this is what fundamentally defines democratic nations to all human beings whether they are immigrants or not.
Mr Ahmed Shebani, the founder of the Democratic Party in Libya, addressed the European Leadership Conference on 'Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding A Better Standard?' hosted by Universal Peace Federation and Women's Federation for World Peace on November 22nd in the UK's House of Lords, one of a series of events commemorating 'Parliament Week'. Ahmed Shebani addressed the distinguished audience on the illegal migration from Libya to Europe.
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UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION - EUROPEAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.
‘Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?’
House of Commons Committee Room 14, Thursday November 21st 2013
Mr Chairman, Distinguished Participants and Fellow Panellists, Dear Ambassadors for Peace, Ladies and Gentlemen. First of all, allow me on behalf of Universal Peace Federation as co-host and co-sponsor of this event to offer a warm welcome to each and every one of you. Thank you for giving up your precious time to be with us here today helping us all to properly address this important question of how effective democratic nations are in upholding Human Rights. It is heartening to see so many of you here today because it is a strong confirmation of how much people really care about how their fellow human beings are being treated and how much we all long for a better world.
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