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The European Dream
By Walter SCHWIMMER   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dr Walter SchwimmerWalter Schwimmer is the Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations. He gave this speech in Japan during a series of Universal Peace Federation Events.

What is Europe? Looking at the map, strictly speaking, and from a geographic point of view, it is not a continent at all but a mere peninsula tacked onto Asia, the Western-most outreach of Eurasia, while Japan is the Eastern-most one. Europe has been considered since ancient times a continent with a strong cultural identity, despite its huge variety of nations, languages, features, landscape and religious beliefs. You will find in Europe 49 states, 200 languages, and several religious affiliations: Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and even Buddhists; there are Latin, Germanic, Slavic and Ottoman traditions, and others. But for millennia this Europe was far from forming unity and providing peace.

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Concert for a North Korean Medical Project
By Robin Marsh   
Sunday, 13 April 2014

Concert InvitationA Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK, YouthUPF and International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF) - UK concert to raise money for a North Korean Medical Project was held last night in UPF's UK Head Quarters last night featuring wonderful singers and musicians who donated their efforts for the cause. The audience was also able to enjoy spicy Korean food as well as learn about the jointly supported North Korean Medical Project and other IRFF humanitarian efforts. Photo Link  

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An Evening With Humphrey Hawksley
By Lauren Turner   
Sunday, 06 April 2014

humphrey hawksley talkHumphrey Hawksley is the author of numerous books, the international correspondent for the BBC, and has been in the Navy. As such many were curious to hear what he had to say with regards to his career and the path that he took to get to where he is today at our “An Evening With” YouthUPF event.

However, Humphrey Hawksley didn’t just provide a window into what he has done in his career, he went further and offered some ‘heartfelt and sound advice’, which resonated with the audience because of the ‘simplicity and care’ with which he said it. That advice? “Never allow anyone to tell you that you cannot do it”, “don’t badly offend someone because life goes around and 20 years later you will need their help”, “marry someone who supports you, not someone who is going to compete with you” and “if you want to make a difference your private life is going to take a hit”.

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Forum for Religious Freedom - Europe names Aaron Rhodes President
By Robin Marsh   
Saturday, 05 April 2014

Dr Aaron Rhodes presenting a paper at a UPF conference at the European Economic and Social CouncilForum for Religious Freedom - Europe names Aaron Rhodes President

Vienna, 4.Apil, 20014 (FOREF): Dr. Aaron Rhodes will succeed Professor Christian Bruenner as President of the Forum for Religious Freedom – Europe (FOREF).  The board of directors will formalize the selection at their General Assembly meeting on 5 April 2014.

Aaron Rhodes is a founder of the Freedom Rights Project, a human rights research initiative and think-tank.  He was formerly associated with the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), which he led for 14 years between 1993 and  2007.  In 2008, he and colleagues established the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  Rhodes has taught and lectured widely at universities in the United States and Europe. (Photo [L-R] Peter Zoehrer, Dr. Aaron Rhodes, Dr. Willy Fautre, Jura Nanuk)

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Be an Ambassador of Human Love
By Robin Marsh   
Saturday, 29 March 2014

Pauline LongPauline Long photo courtesy of Ingrid Marns

'In the Twenty First Century Congo has been dubbed the Rape Capital of the world. We should ask ourselves: Why? For How Long? If it is not Congo, it might be Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe or Rwanda. It might be any African country. It is always Africa. Why? Is it because we are not out there screaming and shouting? Because we are not out there defending? Is it because of the lack of human love?

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Democratic Republic of Congo - From Genocide to Recovery
By Robin Marsh   
Saturday, 22 March 2014

AudienceUniversal Peace Federation - UK's Headquarters in London, together with Mothers of Congo, hosted an event to update and harness the passion to improve the human rights position of people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A number of the Congolese diaspora were present to share their experiences and to encourage everyone to work for a better future in DRC.

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Genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Blood Rubber To Blood Metals
By Justina Mutale   
Saturday, 22 March 2014

Justina MutaleGenocide to Recovery in The Democratic Republic of Congo

Universal Peace Federation and Mothers of Congo Event

Lancaster Gate, London, Friday 21st March 2014

I would like to start by quoting Edmund Burke, who once said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and good women) to do nothing."

The issue of the genocide in the Congo is not just another African story.  It is a global issue. The lives and deaths of millions of innocent Congolese people, the death of these innocent men, women and children are directly linked to each and every one of us gathered here tonight.  In fact, in this age of modern technology, the lives and deaths of our Congolese brothers and sisters and their children are linked to each and every person on the planet who uses modern technology or benefits from its advantages.

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