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This last part presents the situation of one of our members, the activities led in Mumbai India, the necessary role of the UN in protecting the HR defenders. It is concluded by a prayer..

A multicultural and multifaith group of forty people gathered in Bangkok on November 8, 2014 to mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted. Convened by the Christian Youth Development Movement and International Christian Concern, the spirit of the event was captured in the phrase: "If one suffers, we all suffer".


The gathering included Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists who came together to remember the persecuted and to share what their religions offer to the other religions to encourage the acceptance of diversity and respect for all irrespective of creed, ethnicity or nationality.

“Our world is full of immense diversity”, convener Shamiel Saleem said. “And that diversity is reflected in the variety of people at our event. There were people from different countries - Australia, the US, Thailand, India, Norway, Poland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, China, Philippines, Burma and Pakistan.”

For their Excellencies the Ambassadors of the UNESCO Member States

The CCIC:

• Concerned by the international news and its implications for the future of peace,

• And building on the Founding Declaration of UNESCO’s Member States “that since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace must be erected”,

These are contributions to the next Report of Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox on ‘good practices” about relationship between Human Rights and the Environmental Protection. Deadline: end of August

Introduction

The Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox was appointed by the HRC resolution 19/10, since August 2012 to:

•          Study the human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, in consultation with relevant stakeholders;

•          Identify, promote and exchange views on best practices relating to the use of human rights obligations and commitments to inform, support and strengthen environmental policy making, especially in the area of environmental protection;

Theme: Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Peace Building

Venue: Sheza Inn, Multan. Dated: 20-22 June, 2014

Organizer: Youth Development Foundation

 YDF conducted the training seminar for those youth activist and human rights defenders who are working actively in their areas and also part of the YDF campaign for tour of Diversity tours. YDF is working for Peace Building and Human Rights through youth in Pakistan.

Training was conduct in Multan where 30 youth participants from southern Punjab with attended this training. These all activist were representing different communities, cultures and religions. 

World Day of Prayer, Thanksgiving and Action for Human Rights Defenders and Peace Builders was organized by YDF - ICMICA Pakistan on April 11, 2014 in collaboration with Organization for Community Development a local host organization based in the biggest catholic village Khushpur (Rome of Pakistan) Faisalabad. The introduction and purpose of this day was shared by Mr. Karamat Jameel (President YDF- Pakistan) with the audience. The mass was celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Anjum Nazir, parish priest of Khushpur. Special Prayers were offered by Nazim Ghani, Zafer Iqbal Bhatti, Shahid Rehmat and other community members and youth groups.

Participants gave thanks to God for all human right defenders and peace builders, who are struggling hard for making this world a peaceful and right based co-existence for all its inhabitants.

During the mass special gratitude paid to Marty Shahbaz Bhatti and Bishop John Joseph Shaheed, who gave their lives for justice, interfaith harmony, peace building and minorities rights in Pakistan.

 

The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs-Pax Romana invites all members, friends and people of good will to pray for, celebrate, and stand up for those in our community who defend human rights and build peace.

 April 11th marks the anniversary of Blessed John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris (1963), which outlines a strong commitment to human rights as the foundation for peace in the world today. Sadly, many people who take a stand in favor of human rights often face persecution and lack the support necessary for their work.

Take part in the worldwide Google Hangout April 11th

New York:11.00am /Sao Paulo:12.00pm / London:3.00pm/ Paris:5.00pm/ Nairobi:6.00pm/ Lahore: 8.00pm/ Kuala Lumpur:11.00pm/ Australia:1.00am

LINK for Hangout:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c7su7fvi19b1u08b0392eb3lcqo

MUMBAI, 22 March 2014.  Don Bosco Youth Services organized a forum entitled “Youth For Human Rights – Knowing it, Living it” for students and young professionals, with the support of Pax Romana ICMICA. Fr. Cedric Prakash, a Jesuit priest and human rights activist from Gujarat was the resource person. The aim of the event was to awaken youth to issues on Human Rights and to capacitate them to know their rights, and at the same time stand up for the rights of others, especially the marginalized.

The event began with a moment of prayer, followed by an introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through videos on some articles. Fr. Cedric then spoke about specific human rights issues in India and narrated real experiences including those of the abuse of the personal dignity and land rights of women, dalits, adivasis and other vulnerable groups, often with the collusion of powerful persons coupled with inhuman disinterest on the part of the authorities. Placing human rights in the context of the Bible, he showed how Jesus stood up for the rights of people. He mentioned that the Church’s teachings support the implementation of human rights, justice and peace for all.