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.
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.
Tamil Christian Clergy from North-East Sri Lanka call for an international investigation mechanism from the UN Human Rights Council
Before the 19th and 22nd sessions of the UN HRC, some of us, as Tamil Christian clergy serving in the war ravaged North and East of Sri Lanka, wrote to the members of the UN HRC, appealing to appoint an international mechanism to look into allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, during the war in Sri Lanka. We have experienced, heard and seen indications of numerous such allegations. Our own experience and knowledge correspondent to the findings and recommendations of the UN Panel of Experts, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and well known Sri Lankan and international human rights organizations.