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Prakash explains his experience of the UN Universal Periodic review of Nepal in 2015: preparing the local team, training members, writing the report, communicating at the local level, lobbying in Geneva, and follow up. Prakahs ends with the recommendation of being open to the diversity of situations in the country and at the same time remaining coherent and keeping hope.
Focsiv (Federazione degli Organismi Cristiani Servizio Internazionale Volontario) is organizing a pilgrimage from Rome to Paris to support the COP21 meeting. The challenge is to ask people to change their life style, to offer a future to the earth and to our children. Women have a particular role to play in their mission in family and education.
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This year's World Forum for Depocracy "Freedom vs control: For a democratic response" will take place in Strasbourg from 18 to 20 November.
If you are interested in participating please register online before 16 October.
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The Conference of INGOs is sponsoring three labs during the Forum. More information on the content of the labs is available on the World Forum website.
Event and ceremony organised by the Conference of INGOs to mark the 17th of October
STRASBOURG 16 OCTOBER 2015
Each year, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe marks the 17th of October, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and organises an event which brings together all those who are dedicated to overcoming poverty all year round and those who live with it on a daily basis.
This year’s event takes place at the Council of Europe on Friday 16 October and will focus on child poverty in Europe. A ceremony will be held at 12h30 on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe in front of the replica of the commemorative stone symbolising the refusal of extreme poverty.
Minority as Religion:
Pakistan is the 6th most populous country among 160 countries of the world. Pakistan is facing many problems like other Asian Countries in the world. It is a under developed country facing many social, political and economic issues. Religious extremism is the burning issue that we Pakistani are facing after 9/11.
During the Summer session, we received the wonderful young team from Coexister who shortly after they left the Council of Europe embarked on an InterFaith Tour through 34 countries.
They extend their thanks to us in the message below and express the wish to meet our NGOs on their way in order to find out about their experiences. We can help them by offering accommodation and sharing examples of, in particular, interfaith and inter-convictional initiatives.
Please find attached their message to us in English and disseminate it in your networks. They have already crossed seven countries and are presently in Middle East and North Africa. You can follow their tour on their website (see here below). Thank you in advance for your commitment and help on this valuable initiative.
Anne-Marie Chavanon, Karl Donert and Thierry Mathieu
President & Vice Presidents of the Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
Message from the InterFaith Tour team to the INGOs
The team of the second edition of the InterFaith Tour composed of Lucie Neumann, Lea Frydman, Ariane Julien and Samir Akacha intervened on 24 June at the meeting of the Commission on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.
Salt is acting in East Mamaysia to help young people to become "contemplative activists" by analyzing the local situation, conduct a theological reflection and act with indigenous communities. Among the challenges of the movement, how to transfer the knowledge to the younger generations? A the political level, migrants are often used for election purposes.
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This year’s event takes place at the Council of Europe on Friday 16 October and will focus on child poverty in Europe.
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Debate organised by the Conference of INGOs and the Parliamentary Assembly
The debate will be held on Tuesday, 29 September, from 3.30pm - 5.30pm in Room 2 of the Palais de l'Europe.
More information and online registration.
Is your NGO taking action to help irregular migrants?
The President of the Conference of INGOs is inviting NGOs to a meeting on 21 September 2015 in Brussels in order to hear what is the impact of action taken by INGOs to help irregular migrants and to draw up recommendations to transmit to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
John Dayal is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, researcher and social activist. He is a Member of the National Integration Council of the Government of India, the National Monitoring Committee for Minority education, and has chaired major colleges in Delhi. He is a former Treasurer of the Editors Guild of India, National president of the All India Catholic Union, founder general secretary of the All India Christian Council, and is Spokesman of the United Christian Forum. He speaks to Victor Edwin SJ for Jivan]
John, you are being threatened on line. Who are these people and what is the reason?
John: I have filed a complaint with the Delhi police on this issue and the matter is under investigation by experts in cyber crime. But by the nature of the threats, it is clear that they come from people who identify themselves with the ideology of the Sangh Parivar. They may, or may not, be formal members of any of the connected organizations, but their thought process is clear.
Re-declaring Nepal as a secular country has brought happiness at the same time fear and confusion among religious minorities. As Constitution Assembly passed the bill of country declaring secularism, three churches in East Nepal blasted at night on 15 September. A newly formed fundamentalist group called Hindu Morcha claimed the blast. No casualties reported but local polices were injured while trying to defuse third bomb in different Church. Morcha further threaten public not to send their children school and do not make long trips, stay at home with required provision of household needs, as they will strike again national wide. (http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-09-15/bombs-explode-at-jhapa-churches.html
A terror created by Hindu Morcha is spread among religious minorities in east Nepal now.
Asian Youth Academy/ Asian Theological Forum 2015
Notre Dame De Vie Retreat House
Quezon City Philippines
16 Aug-25 Aug, 2015
Asian youth Academy/Asian Theological Forum is empowering youth of Asia from 2005. All the participants from 11 countries: Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Korea gathered on one platform and showing their concerns for the development and empowerment of youth. The theme of this year was empowerment of youth, women, and ecological sustainability as a church’s top priority in Asia.
Recently we read in the press that over 1000 Muslim scholars and imams of India have issued a fatwa against the leader, fighters and followers of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (ISIS). In the fatwa the religious scholars “strongly condemned the actions of the IS”. They censured ISIS of “guilty of committing heinous murders of innocent human beings, clicking images of their horrific misdeeds and showing them to the world through live videos and Internet posts, and at the same time, wrongly claiming these to be "Islamic Acts done lawfully as per the Shariah (Islamic Law)”. The scholars emphatically stated that the IS or ISIS actions were "absolutely inhuman and added that Islam never permits such unlawful acts under any circumstances" (http://www.aninews.in//newsdetail2/story232476/over-1000-indian-islamic-scholars-issue-world-039-s-biggest-fatwa-against-isis.html).
Sometime ago I received a email message from a friend in which he noted that the Holy Father Francis is with many Christians, who get carried away by statements such as there is no scope in Islam for terrorism or tyranny, and believes that “Islam is a peaceful religion”. My friend qouted Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis entitled: “Evangelii Gaudium” chapter IV number 253 about Dialogue with Muslims. The English version of the sentence as published on the official webpage of the Vatican is: “….for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Qur’an are opposed to every form of violence (emphasis mine).” He said that the Pope is generous but certainly reveals an inadequate understanding of Islam.
I write this short statement at a moment, when there is a discussion in Italy on the ddl (decree of law) “The good school”, which has in view launching in a systematic way the alternative attendance in the school system, and when in a progressive way the realization of measures connected to the reform of work, the Jobs Act, is enacted, which has among its objectives finding a “dual” formation system in an Italian version.
Of course, the question is put if that ferment marks a change of consciousness concerning work seen in its educational dimension.