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Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on December 16, 2013

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Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?
European Leadership Conference 
Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?
This was the latest European Leadership Conference co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and held in the UK Parliament. UPF is a partner of Parliament Week and this was one of a series of events during the week. Sessions were kindly hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP (UPF – UK Patron), Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, Deputy Parliamentary Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ms. Seema Malhotra MP and Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh.‘Lord Parekh’s Comments on Human Rights in Democratic Nations’ – “Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster, brought a more philosophical perspective on human rights as he delivered a speech that invoked a great deal of contemplation on the topic of human rights and democracy as a whole.” – Read more


‘Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?’

By Mark Brann – “Mr Chairman, Distinguished Participants and Fellow Panellists, Dear Ambassadors for Peace, Ladies and Gentlemen. First of all, allow me on behalf of Universal Peace Federation as co-host and co-sponsor of this event to offer a warm welcome to each and every one of you.” – Read more

‘Human Rights’ by Rev. Dr Marcus Braybrooke – “At a recent Universal Peace Federation consultation in Amman, I was made very aware that all the problems of the Middle East date back to the British interference.” – Read more

‘Immigration and Refugees Experience in Europe’ by Hon. Dr. Michael Frendo – “Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states; All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” – Read more

‘Universal Principles and Human Dignity: Our Attitude to Immigrants and Refugees’ by Timothy MillerView presentation Speakers profiles are available from this link.

‘Beacon 218: Democratic Party’s Project To Assist Immigrants’ by Mr. Ahmed Shebani – ‘During an international conference organised by the European Leadership Conference on Human Rights on November 22 in the House of Lords entitled “Are Democratic Nations Upholding A Better Standard?” Ahmed Shebani, the founder of the Democratic Party in Libya addressed a distinguished audience on the illegal migration from Libya to Europe.’ – Read more

The Human Rights of Immigrants and Refugees in Europe’Session link including a presentation by Dr Neal Falzon of Aditus Foundation, ‘Will Refugees and Migrants Always Remain Borderliners?’ and Mr Camel Bechikh explaining the situation of the Algerian community in France.

Women in Democracy

‘Women in Democracy’ by Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma – “I must congratulate the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) for getting so many people from many different backgrounds, cutting across race, nationality and religion. You bring depth and breadth into the same room.” – Read more

‘Women’s increased/equal participation in the political decision-making process essential to sustainable growth: An African Perspective’ by Ms. Justina Mutale – “African women and their potential contributions to economic advances, social progress and environmental protection have over the years been marginalized.” – Read more

An Executive member of the European Women’s Lobby, Liz Laws spoke on, ‘Women’s Leadership in Democracy: Why and How, Some Thoughts‘ stating that 35% of the Members of the European Parliament are women while that reduces to 22% of elected representatives of

national Parliaments within the EU are women. There were also presentations from Dr Nazia Khanum OBE, ‘Women’s Leadership: Family, Community, and Democratic Values’, Rev Taeko Duckworth, Vice President of WFWP-UK. Shaima Saif (photo left) spoke of ‘Women’s Role in the Arab Spring’ describing Arab women as the ‘Mother’s of the Uprising’ performing a supportive role but also featuring on the frontlines. She highlighted the role played by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ms. Tawakkol Karman, from Yemen.

Inter-Religious Inclusion in Europe
The ‘Inter-Religious Inclusion in Europe’session of the European Leadership Conference on ‘Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding the Standard?’ was chaired by interfaith veteran, Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, a retired Anglican priest, now holding the position of President of the World Congress of Faiths.’ – Read full report by Ollie Davies.

‘Freedom of Religion and Belief & Religious Freedom in Europe’ by Mr. Peter ZoehrerView presentation

‘Islamophobia – Discrimination Against EU Muslims is Denial of Human Rights in Europe’ by Imam Dr. Mufti Abduljalil Sajid – “Islamophobia is on the rise across Europe as Muslims suffer widespread discrimination, physical attacks and verbal abuse, a new European Union report has revealed in a detailed report from the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.” – Read more

‘Continuing Problems with Hungary’s Law on Religion’ by Prof. H. David Baer – “During the last two years I have devoted considerable research to assessing the impact of Hungary’s law on religion on deregistered, or non-established, churches.” – Read more

Conflict Minerals

In a speech entitled, ‘War and Trade’, by Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs Correspondent, he explained that, “Conflict minerals are about war, rape, massacres and corruption. Trade is about working hard and following the law. Trade is about hope for a better life: to feed our family, to get an education for our children or to take care of the family’s health.” – Read more

‘The Need for a Comprehensive and Decisive European Approach on Conflict Minerals’ by Chantal Daniels who stated that ‘the exportation of minerals is the one of the key incomes for many people but also fuels conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).’ – Read more

‘From Blood Rubber to Blood Minerals’ by Charlotte Simon-Bongumba illustrated the heart of the suffering Congolese people from eastern DRC.

Youth Human Rights and Education (Link)
‘Rights for Youth in the Council of Europe’ By Ilaria Esposito – ‘The Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe enables youth organizations to share their experiences and perspectives, provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities.’ – Read more

Youth Human Rights and Education Session report link including presentations from David Hayward, ‘Youth Rights, Education and the European Convention on Human Rights’, Kanchan Jadeja, Chair at National Council for Voluntary Youth Services UK, delivered a speech on how social mobility can be achieved through education and Christa Kamga, Director of Youth UPF-UK, made a presentation on living within the spirit of the law.

Ambassador For Peace Awards Photos

Ambassador for Peace awards presented to (clockwise from top left) Dr Nazia Khumun, Tally Koren, Professor Dr David Baer, Justina Mutale, Anna Prior and Dr Shamender Talwar.

Speakers profiles are available from this link.

To view all photographs taken over the 2 days of the ELC please click here.
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