European Parliament BrusselsUniversal Peace Federation

Women's Federation for World Peace

European Economic and Social Committee

European Leadership Conference

December 4th – 5th 2012, Brussels

“How Can Europe Do More to Advance

Human Rights”

Commemorating Human Rights Day 2012

Brussels - European Parliament & European Economic and Social Committee

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in cooperation with the Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and The European Economic & Social Committee, cordially invites you to attend our European Leadership Conference (ELC) "What More Can Europe Do To Advance Human Rights?" on Tuesday December 4th and Wednesday December 5th 2012 in Brussels.

The conference will take advantage of the spotlight that U.N. Human Right's Day will shine on this area to consider ongoing human rights campaigns by these three organisations. The Brussels ELC is part of a series that have featured issues of pressing concern for Europe and the world such as the treatment of minorities, religious freedom, violence against women, torture (with Freedom from Torture) or youth human rights issues in different venues across Europe. (Please see programme below.) These have been held during 2011-2012 at the United Nations in Geneva and in Vienna, at UNESCO in Paris, in National Parliaments in the United Kingdom and in Norway, and in the Presidential Palace in Malta. These issues are also raised in many local branches of UPF and WFWP throughout Europe. Europe has led the world in advancing understanding and implementation of Human Rights everywhere.

International participants should arrive in Brussels by the evening of 3rd December  and will be accommodated in the Thon Hotel EU Rue de la Loi 75 B-1040 Brussels (Tel: +32 (0)2 204 3911). A fee of 320 Euros will include a two night stay (with departure on 5th December) sharing a twin bedded room with meals and all aspects of the programme on 4th and 5th December (extra nights 80 Euros per person in twin bedded accommodation, single accommodation extra 140 Euros per night).

To notify us of your wish to attend, please use the Online Registration link. We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope that you will be able to join us for this very timely and meaningful conference.

Yours Sincerely,

Robin Marsh                                                      Margaret Ali
Secretary General                                             Director
UPF - UK                                                            UPF - UK
07956210768                                                    07723024750


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Monday, 3rd December

From 14:00 Arrivals and Registration for international guests  at ‘Thon EU’ Hotel, Brussels

18.00        Dinner (international participants to make own meal arrangements)

Tuesday, 4th December - European Economic & Social Committee


07:30 Breakfast at hotel

08:45 Depart Hotel

09:15 SESSION I: European Economic & Social Committee (“E.E.S.C.”)

How can Europe do more to advance Human Rights?

Hon. Doudou Diene: UN Human Rights Office of the High Commission

Aaron Rhodes - Former Director of Helsinki Federation for Human Rights

Dr. Yong Cheon Song - Chair UPF Europe

10:45 Break


How can Inter-religious cooperation Prevent Racial, National and Religious Prejudice?

Rabbi Abbittan

Shiekh Dr Hojjatt Ramzy

Prof. Chris Wonk

12:45 Lunch

14:15                     SESSION III:

Women & Democracy

Krishna Ahooja Patel - Chair of U.N. N.G.O. Committee on Development and Former Director  General of U.N.R.I.S.T.

Carolyn Handschin - President Womens Federation for World Peace, Europe

Angela Melo UNESCO, Director of Social Inclusion and Youth, UNESCO

15:45 Break


Human Rights in Europe - Social Cohesion, Immigration and Minorities

Peter Zoehrer - Secretary-General  Forum for Religious Freedom, Austria

Hans Van Baalen - M.E.P  "Human Rights and Freedom of Opinion".

Aaron Rhodes - Former Director of Helsinki Federation for Human Rights

“Expressing prejudice and freedom of speech”

Willy Fautré - Director Human Rights without Frontiers, Brussels

Christian Brunner - Former Vice-Chancellor University of Graz

Patricia Duval -  Attorney and Expert on Religious Freedom & the Law

17:30 Depart from E.E.S.C. to Thon Hotel

19:00 Dinner  and Cultural Programme

21:30 Close

Wednesday, 5th December   Human Rights Day 2012

07:00 Breakfast at the hotel

08:30                     Depart for morning venue (tba) 

09.00 Session V:

Youth Perspectives: The Right to Information for Young People &

Human Rights Education - Foundations for a Democratic Europe

What is the role of the Right to Information and Human Rights Education in securing and fostering Human Rights and Democracy in Europe? Is the right to information for young people in Europe under threat? If so, from what? What strategies are there to ensure the Right to Information for young people in Europe? What role do direct stakeholders governments, NGOs, schools, families or peers etc. play in Human Rights Education for young people?

Davide Capecchi - Director, European Youth Information & Counselling Agency – “ERYICA”.
IIlaria Esposito
, Member of the Council of Europe - Advisory Council on Youth, Trainer for Human Rights Education
Bogdan Pammer
, Youth Director, Universal Peace Federation – Europe

10:30 Break

11:00                     Session VI:

Towards Peace Loving Global Citizenship

As a Peace Loving Global Citizen - UPF’s Origins and Founder’s concern for Human Rights - Dieter Schmidt - President UPF Germany

Womens’ Federation for World Peace  – Vision Projects & Activities (Human Rights emphasis)

Carolyn Handschin - President WFWP Europe

Universal Peace Federation – Vision, Projects & Activities (with emphasis on Human Rights)

Mark Brann - Secretary General UPF Europe

Ambassador for Peace Awards

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Depart for European Parliament

14:00 Prevention & Eradication of Torture - Session Co-Sponsored with Freedom from Torture 

Dr Charles Tannock MEP

Keith Best – C.E.O Freedom from Torture

Philomene Uwamaliya  - ‘Survivors Speaking Out’

15.00 Break

15:20 Prevention of Sexual Violence in the Conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Chair: Dr Charles Tannock MEP

Humphrey Hawksley - BBC World Affairs Correspondent

Charlotte Simon - Personal experience of the tragedy in Eastern DRC.

Chris Yates  - ‘Exposing the Conflict Mineral Trade’

Robin Marsh – Secretary General Universal Peace Federation UK:  Concluding Remarks

For More Information:

Robin Marsh:  Mobile: 07956210768  Office: 02072620985

UPF is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Please see: Global UPF Activities 2011 Review of UPF-UK Activities in 2011 Human Rights Conference Dec 2011


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