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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘persecution’

Seminar highlights links between religious freedom and economic prosperity

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 marzo 2016

seminarLONDON — In Iran, the Baha’i community continues to endure intense persecution solely based on religious belief, in blatant violation of a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, throughout the world, freedom of religion or belief is one of the most violated rights.
An emerging body of research is suggesting that ensuring such freedoms within business could not only address a major social ill, but also be an unrecognized asset to economic recovery and growth. On March 2, 2016, a seminar held at the UK parliament, and hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Baha’i Faith, heard that there is a strong correlation between religious freedom, economic freedom, and other civil political freedoms.”These findings are useful in our discussions with business,” said panelist Professor Brian seminar1Grimm, President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. “And there’s a lot that the business world can offer to the human rights community.”Business leaders and entrepreneurs, it was suggested, might develop a long-term interest in engaging with this area of the international human rights discourse, while their perspectives on these matters might also add an important dimension to the understanding of government and parliamentarians.”Business is the crossroads of culture, commerce, and creativity. What brings everyone together and produces a successful service, innovation, or production is a common goal, “said Prof. Grim, who highlighted the efforts of one major automobile manufacturer which, realizing it employs people from almost 140 countries, offers an annual award for intercultural and interfaith innovation.The seminar, which attracted some 70 participants — including parliamentarians, civil servants, academics, human rights activists, business professionals, and faith community leaders — was opened by Jim Shannon MP, who also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief.”Religious freedom is a fundamental component of peace and stability,” Mr. Shannon said. “Without religious freedom, talented people are pushed away.” (photos: seminar)

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Statement on Persecution of Religious Minorities in the Middle East Region

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 dicembre 2014

human-rights-first-350x219.3The Conference of European Churches (CEC) expresses its concerns about very serious violations of fundamental human rights, the humanitarian crisis and the security situation in the Middle East region, especially in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. CEC deeply regrets that the situation continues to worsen. CEC urges that targeted killings, forced religious conversions, trafficking of women and children, recruiting of children for suicide bombings, the beheading of Christians and members of other religious minorities based on their religion or belief, and vandalism of religious sites, cultural heritage and places of worship must end immediately.On a daily basis, innocent lives of people belonging to religious and ethnic minorities including Christians from the ancient churches in the region, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Kaka’e, Sabian and Shia communities, moderate Muslims, Kurds are taken by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) and other extremist groups. Many Muslim religious leaders disagree with their practice of ethnic and religious “cleansing”. It is our conviction that religious pluralism is a basic principle of human rights. This most grievous situation needs a strong international and European response.CEC supports the efforts of the Middle East Council of Churches, and stands hand-in-hand with its Christian brothers and sisters, and all people of goodwill who are looking for peace solutions in the inflamed region. In particular we pray for the abducted Archbishops of Aleppo, Archbishop Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Archbishop Paul Yazigi.We ask international peace negotiators to bring the voice of religious and ethnic minorities into peace processes and to engage faiths and convictions in peaceful dialogue. While recognising that the EU Foreign Affairs Council and European Council have issued their conclusions on the situation in Iraq and Syria, we, the Conference of European Churches, urge the European Institutions to:
1. Pay special attention to the religious dimension of the existing conflict – especially the instrumentalisation of Islam – and implement an ongoing comprehensive plan to combat current extremism and radical ideology, which have also infected some Europeans and other foreign fighters and led them to support IS.
2. Call on those in conflict to respect freedom of religion or belief as a fundamental human right guaranteed by Art. 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and use the potential of ecumenical and inter-religious bodies, together with other civil society organisations to promote peace and religious tolerance.
3. Encourage EU member states to increase, as a matter of urgency, their assistance, humanitarian aid and refugee protection to those who belong to Iraqi or Syrian minorities, or any other minorities living in these territories, without consideration of their religion or belief, age, sex, ethnicity and to place special emphasis on women and children, people with disabilities and elderly people and single persons who have lost their families.
4. Extend and create possibilities for family members to be admitted to EU Member States in order to join their families with priority and reduced bureaucratic hurdles.
5. Substantially and urgently increase immediate financial support to the World Food Program in those countries that host refugees, and also ensure medical supplies, personnel, and winter shelter.
6. Implement EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief (2013) in order to promote human rights and human dignity of all people and nations without taking into account their country of origin.
7. Demand the implementation by EU member states of the EP resolution of 18 September 2014 on the situation in Iraq and Syria, and the IS offensive, including the persecution of minorities (2014/2843/ (RSP)) as well as the UN Security Council Resolution 2170(2014) and UN Human Rights Council resolution S_22/L.1(2014).
CEC supports efforts of the UNHCR and of neighbouring countries to the conflict aimed at providing protection and safety to refugees and also request European states to considerably increase their refugee resettlement contingents.We call upon all churches in Europe to join us in our prayers for all people who are suffering in conditions of extreme privation, and in expressing solidarity with churches and individual Christians in Syria, Iraq and the whole Middle East region. We pray that an end to these conflicts can be found so that peace may prevail in their homeland, where Christians have been present for centuries. We invite CEC member churches and all people of goodwill to carry out advocacy in this difficult moment vis-à-vis their own governments and to stand in solidarity in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers. We encourage other religious representatives to join us in this appeal to strengthen multicultural and multi-religious society in the Middle East region.

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Migration to the EU: a key challenge for human rights

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 ottobre 2014

migrantsHundreds of thousands of people are coming to Europe to seek safety from persecution and war, or simply in search of a better life. In order to guarantee respect for the rights of those arriving at the EU’s shores and ensure they can achieve their full potential to the benefit of themselves and EU society, an effective and sustainable migration policy is vital. In acknowledgement of the urgency and complexity of this issue, the annual conference of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is this year entitled Fundamental Rights and Migration to the EU. The conference will take place in Rome on 10-11 November and is co-hosted by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU. “In a time of war and instability in so many parts of the world, people are coming to Europe to seek protection,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “To do them justice, we have to put fundamental rights at the heart of a well-considered, long-term migration, asylum and border policy. This will also ensure that an aging Europe finds the skilled labour it increasingly lacks. Only in this way will we serve both those who need Europe’s help and at the same time European society.”This year’s Fundamental Rights Conference will debate key fundamental rights challenges in the area of migration, discussing means of alleviating the effects of the current migration pressures at the EU’s external borders, while fully respecting fundamental rights. The conference will also debate the best ways of promoting social inclusion and migrant integration, in order to create an environment in which migrants can take full advantage of their own potential, to the benefit not only of themselves but also of EU society as a wholThe conference will include speeches from Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, Italian Parliamentary Speaker Laura Boldrini, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, and German Migration and Integration Minister Aydan Özoguz. In panel debates and working groups, the conference will go on to discuss specific fundamental rights issues related to migration and border control such as safeguards for children arriving at the EU’s borders, a fundamental rights-based approach to border surveillance, responses to smuggling, migrant integration from a fundamental rights perspective, and combating xenophobia and intolerance in public discourse.Two new FRA reports related to the topic of migration will be at this year’s conference, describing the fundamental rights situation at the EU’s air and land borders respectively, following on from last year’s report ‘Fundamental Rights at Europe’s southern sea borders’: Fundamental rights at airports: border checks at five international airports in the European Union – a summary of the report is available already; Fundamental rights at land borders: findings from selected European Union border crossing points .

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Pope Francis, Jewish leaders discuss situation in Middle East, lament persecution of Christians

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 settembre 2014

sinagoga romaROME / BRUSSELS – Pope Francis on Wednesday evening received a delegation of 40 international Jewish leaders at his residence in Rome ahead of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which begins next week. The presidents of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald S. Lauder, and of the Latin American Jewish Congress (LAJC), Jack Terpins, presented the head of the Catholic Church with a number of gifts, including a traditional honey cake. In their conversation, the Pope notably raised the question of the persecution and mass slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and told the Jewish delegation, “Like you [the Jews] suffered in the past, Christians are today suffering in many parts of the world.”The meeting with Francis took place in the Santa Marta guesthouse in an informal setting and lasted 40 minutes. Among the participants were many Jewish community heads from Latin America and other parts of the world.The Pope expressed his desire for peace in the Middle East and said the “window of prayer” to find a peaceful solution was still open. Lauder also raised the subject of the mass slaughter and persecution of Christians in the Middle East, to which the Pope replied: “Christians are being expelled from the region. They are persecuted, not liked, discriminated against. You [the Jews] suffered from that in the past, and we [the Christians] are suffering from it today in parts of the world.”In a press conference on Thursday, Ronald Lauder said fanatical Islamists such as ISIS were tagging Christian houses with the letter N for ‘Nassarah’, a term used for Christians in the Koran, which was “no different from the yellow star of David which the Nazis obliged Jews to wear to separate them from the others.” He had raised this issue in an opinion article published by the New York Times last month.

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Two Faces of Persecution in Fascist Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 giugno 2011

New York, NY June 27 – 1:00 pm 92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Free admission The vicissitudes of Italian and foreign Jews under Fascist rule have been the object of in depth studies but are still often presented as contradictory aspects of the same history. Today, thanks to a broad range of interdisciplinary research we are able to present a more cohesive picture of those years. Davide Rodogno and Donato Grosser will map the movements and fate of Jews residing in Italy and in Italian occupied territories between 1933-1945, examining the diverse levels of solidarity and persecution encountered. The conversation will have as points of departure the perspective of Italian civil and military authorities (Rodogno) and the work of Jewish relief organizations (Grosser).
Davide Rodogno, is a research professor at the International History and Politics Department & School of History, St. Andrews. He is the author of Fascism’s European Empire, Cambridge University Press, 2006. His studies focus on transnational history of International Associations and International Non-Governmental Organizations since 1770. History of human rights and humanitarian law. Displacement and Replacement of populations in inter-war Europe. Comparative history of empires. The myth of the new man in Europe, Israel and the United States. Further details.
Donato Grosser, (b. 1946) is the son of Bernardo (Berl) Grosser and Vittoria (Rina) Grosser. His father fled to Italy from Poland and became the secretary of the Jewish relief agency Delasem. Mr. Grosset has a B.A. in Economics from Hebrew University Jerusalem (1968), and an MBA in Management from NYU (1972). He and his wife Chana Stern have two children and five grandchildren. Mr. Grosser is the publisher of Segulat Israel, the Italian Journal of Halacha and Jewish Thought. Alessandro Cassin, Deputy director of Centro Primo Levi

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