Keith Best

Universal Peace Federation - UK 

Human Rights: The Protection of the Unempowered and the Dispossessed

Speaking on the theme “Do We Have to Tolerate Torture?” Keith Best, Chief Executive of Freedom from Torture, states:

“Western governments and their people seem to suffer from both mass hysteria and amnesia over human rights. In the UK the tabloid media and politicians become thoroughly exercised over a few terror suspects not being deported because to do so might be in breach of an absolute human right obligation under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights not to send anyone to face torture or inhuman or degrading treatment and over a few foreign criminals because it is alleged that their private and family life might be disrupted. In the latter case, of course, Article 8 is not absolute but proportionate – so it is often the case that the courts will regard maintaining the integrity of immigration control and the ability to remove someone whose presence is not conducive to the public good as being superior to the disruption of any family life and will decide that deportation is justified.

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Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

United Nations International Day of Peace 2012

Stortinget, Oslo, Norway, 20th-22nd September­

Web: www.uk.upf.org   &   www.wfwp.org


You are cordially invited to attend a European Leadership Conference from September 21st to 22nd under the theme ‘Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future’.  The European Leadership Conference (ELC) is sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and is part of a series being held in Parliaments and at UN institutions around Europe. This particular conference benefits from sponsorship from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For reports of previous ELCs please follow this link.

Houses of Parliament and Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London

Draft Programme:  14-16 June 2012

Brussels, Belgium

Early Draft Programme


Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Radisson SAS Hotel

Purpose of the Conference

  1. To develop engagement and cooperation between civil society organisations, educational institutions, religious bodies and governments, for the advancement of human dignity and peace.
  2. To promote social cohesion and a vision of humanity as one global family, living in accordance with universal principles upheld by the fundamental values expressed in the charters of all international bodies and agencies
  3. To augment the talents, aptitudes and experiences of women and girls worldwide that qualify them as leaders and decision makers and contribute to creating a culture of peace and human dignity for future generations.
  4. To promote moral and character education, in order to addresses the moral failure and ignorance that leads to violation of human rights and dignity.
  5. To encourage greater dialogue and cooperation between peoples in order to increase mutual respect and awareness of the need to uphold the dignity and rights of others especially those of minorities.
  6. To overcome racism and the elements of nationalism which create barriers to harmonious exchange and human development.


Lord King

Tribute to Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich

Hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma MP

Committee Room 14  House of Commons

Palace of Westminster/ House of Parliament 

Map (click on link for map)

Please allow 20 – 30 minutes for passing through security and finding a Committee Room.

Directions to the House of Lords Committee Room 14 (Please see map)

If coming by Tube:

Exit Westminster Tube station and cross Bridge Street. Walk down St Margaret’s Street as far as St. Stephens Entrance (No. 8 on the map and opposite the end of Westminster Abbey across the street).

Approach the police standing there and inform them that you are to attend the meeting, 'Tribute to Lord King of West Bromwich', in Committee Room 14 in the House of Lords hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma MP. The best policy is to bring and show the invitation letter to them.

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