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Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration – 4th February 6pm to 8pm House of Commons

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on January 5, 2014

‘Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness’

6 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

House of Commons, Committee Room 16

Hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP

Speakers include Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, Ruth Barnett, Desmond Fernandes and Edwin Shuker

You are cordially invited to a conference on ‘Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration’ on Tuesday 4th of February in the House of Commons, Committee Room 16. The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) holds this event annually to promote awareness of Genocide. It is important to understand the stages of ‘the path to genocide’ developed by Gregory H. Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, to assist the identification of future problems before they occur. The Holocaust was the culmination of a series of social, cultural and political developments that took place over a period of time. (Link for the UPF’s Middle East Peace Initiative’s visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Ceremony Photos.) The United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide established “genocide” as an international crime, which signatory nations “undertake to prevent and punish.”

Speakers Include:

Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths, will comment on the role of people of good conscience when other communities are targeted for persecution.

Ruth Barnett, a Holocaust and Genocide educator and Kindertransport child. She will also discuss the treatment of the ‘Roma Community’ who alongside the European Jewish community suffered the Holocaust during World War II.

Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the Sephardic Congress and Vice President of the European Jewish Council, will speak on the plight of migrants and displaced people as a consequence of Holocaust, genocide and conflict situations worldwide.

We are looking to have an expert on genocide in Africa.

The Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) motto that all humanity is “One Family Under God” highlights the equal and precious value of all human life. UPF agrees that it is important to understand how such atrocities have happened and to strive to mobilise the international community to prevent future re-occurrences.

Kindly RSVP to pa as places are limited. We are looking forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a very meaningful event.

Yours sincerely,

Robin Marsh Secretary General, UPF-UK

Margaret Keverian Ali Director, UPF-UK

Office: 02072620985

UPF is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations


The term “genocide” did not exist before 1944. It is a very specific term, referring to violent crimes committed against groups with the intent to destroy the existence of the group. Human rights, as laid out in the US Bill of Rights or the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, concern the rights of individuals.

On December 9, 1948, the United Nations approved the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This convention establishes “genocide” as an international crime, which signatory nations “undertake to prevent and punish.” It defines genocide as:

[G]enocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Previous years reports of ‘Holocaust Commemoration and Genocide Awareness’ UPF-UK events:

Interfaith Harmony and Holocaust Commemoration 2012 Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, Jack Lynes



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