HE Balmiki Prasad Singh Visit Today we had a visit from HE Shri Balmiki Prasad Singh, the former Home Secretary and Governor of Sikkim Province in India. He is the new Chair of Universal Peace Federation in India. A distinguished scholar, author and public servant he spoke about his book 'The Bahudha Approach: A Path Towards A Harmonious World'. His belief in dialogue is expressed as 'respect for another person's view of truth with hope and belief that he or she may be right'. His interest in the interfaith dialogue promoted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) reminded me of a former Chair of India UPF, the late Dr LM Singhvi, who he knew well and admires greatly.

Charlotte Simon in South London Congo event“Please help me to stop this 21st century slaughter!” – this was the impassioned plea from Charlotte Simon representing the Mothers of Congo NGO. Recounting the desperate plight of victims of sexual violence in the war-torn Eastern Congo, she challenged the politicians of the Western world who have unconditionally supported culpable African leaders in neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda to explain how they could permit the tragic devastation and exploitation of both the people and natural wealth of her country.



Glasgow Peace Federation - Prof MaitlesGlasgow Peace Federation - 21st September, 2013

The Glasgow Peace Federation is a registered Scottish charity set up by Ann Breslin in cooperation with representatives of different faiths in the Glasgow area.

Twenty of us gathered in Partick Burgh Hall in Glasgow on the evening of 21st September to commemorate the UN’s International Day of Peace.

Music for Peace in the Middle East - International Peace DayOn UN International Peace Day, Universal Peace Federation - UK helped Tally Koren to organise a wonderful concert of Middle Eastern musicians in support of the Parents Circle Family Forum. 'Music for Peace in the Middle East' included Palestinian Oud player and singer, Nizar Al-Issa, guitarist Udi Glazer, Anna Kempton on Chello, violinist Julia Stone and Woody Dean on the piano and was held in the classic church background of St Peter's in Notting Hill. Photo link here.

David Fraser HarrisDavid Fraser-Harris, Universal Peace Federation's (UPF) Middle East Secretary General, described some of the UPF's activities in the region during a rare visit to London last night.  As well as explaining his own experience in the region he outlined the UPF humanitarian and interfaith activities in Jordan and Lebanon. Photo link

UPF Statement on the Crisis in Syria
September 11, 2013

The conflict in Syria has escalated at an alarming rate, leaving more  than 100,000 people dead, and more than 2 million internally displaced persons and refugees; in effect, spawning a human disaster of enormous magnitude. With recent news of the August 21 deaths of 1400 men, women and children as a result of chemical weapons, the world's leading stakeholders, including the permanent members of the Security Council, finds themselves at a critical juncture. While a solution seems far away, there is at least movement in the direction of establishing some international control over Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons, a move that might avert a military intervention by the USA.

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