UPF Interfaith Declaration on Peace in Syria
Amman, Jordan October 13, 2013
Gathered in Amman, Jordan, on October 11-13, 2013 for the Interfaith Consultation on
“The Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria” sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation, we, the participants, being persons from a wide range of religious and spiritual backgrounds, professional fields, and from many nations – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Monaco, Palestine, Russia, Sudan, Syria, UAE, UK, USA – committed to peace and human development for all, and,Acknowledging that the conflict in Syria has escalated at an alarming rate, leaving more than 100,000 people dead, and more than 2 million refugees and nearly 4 million internally displaced persons, spawning a human disaster of enormous magnitude, and
Universal Peace Federation
Women’s Federation for World Peace
'Responsible Sourcing of Conflict Minerals'
Committee Room 1, House of Lords
14:30 - 15:30 Thursday 21st November, 2013
Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Charlotte Bosawa Eyenga Simon: Founder of Mothers of Congo
Mr Humphrey Hawksley: BBC World Affairs Correspondent
Ms. Chantal Daniels: Policy and Advocacy Officer Central Africa, Christian Aid
“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.
Last night there was a 'Remember the Congo' event held by Mothers of Congo and Universal Peace Federation (UPF)-UK as a part of Black History month. Speakers included 'Mama' Charlotte Simon (photo left), founder of Mothers of Congo, Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs Correspondent, who has made two documentaries on the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tatiana Giraud, the founder of the TG Foundation that supports several clinics for the care of rape victims and Florence Billi, who made an impassioned plea for an end to the suffering the people in the North and South Kivus. The documentary 'Crisis in the Congo' shocked many of those present when shown during the evening. A number of those who spoke later said they had been moved to tears by the images of the brutal treatment of the Congolese people during more than 120 years.
Glasgow 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.