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Lancement de la branche française du Forum Européen Interreligieux pour la Liberté de Religion
Communiqué - Pour diffusion immédiate – 12 janvier 2015
 
Lancement de la branche française du Forum Européen Interreligieux
pour la Liberté de Religion
 
En réponse aux évènements tragiques qui ont touché la France ces derniers jours, le European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF) a décidé d’ouvrir une branche française.
 
Le forum a principalement pour objet :
 
• la défense et la promotion des principes universels de liberté de conscience, de religion et de conviction ;
 
• la promotion des valeurs de tolérance et de respect envers les religions et les croyances de l’humanité ;
 
• la promotion du dialogue interreligieux ; la promotion de la connaissance des religions et des croyances ;
 
• la promotion et le reflet auprès des citoyens et citoyennes dans le monde des travaux des institutions gouvernementales nationales ou internationales chargées de traiter des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales.
 
Fondée par des personnalités religieuses de nombreuses confessions, ce forum s’est engagé depuis plusieurs années dans la défense de la liberté de religion et de conviction à l’international tout en participant à l’élaboration de normes juridiques européennes auprès des institutions européennes et internationales. Le forum possède un solide réseau de partenaires dans le monde entier, composé de défenseurs des droits de l’homme, de juristes et avocats spécialisés, d’universitaires et de personnalités religieuses.
 
En sus de ses activités européennes, le forum agit nationalement dans divers pays européens, notamment en Espagne, en Italie et au Royaume-Uni. Il est membre de United Religions Initiative (URI), le plus grand forum interreligieux au monde, avec plus de 600 groupes disséminés sur les 5 continents.
 
Pour le Secrétaire Général de la nouvelle branche française d’EIFRF, Asif Arif, avocat et directeur du site d’information Culture et Croyance : « En France, notre premier challenge va certainement être de promouvoir le vivre ensemble par delà tous les clichés qui pèsent sur l’Islam. Mais notre action doit être plus large. Il nous faut aujourd’hui insuffler cette idée du vivre ensemble dans toutes les couches de la société. La France connaît ces derniers temps un regain d’antisémitisme, d’islamophobie et de méfiance envers les religions, et les évènements tragiques de ces derniers jours ne vont rien arranger. Il nous faut penser à l’avenir proche et nous poser la question de ce que sont réellement les valeurs de la République en cet âge de diversité religieuse dans l’hexagone. Notre forum doit servir à penser cet avenir et à agir, parce que les évènements récents nous disent que nous devons changer quelque chose, pour repartir dans une direction qui fasse de la France un pays de liberté, de respect, et de vivre ensemble exemplaire. »
 
Contact presse :
eiforumrf@gmail.com
Asif Arif, Secrétaire Général EIFRF France : 0675459013

Rédigé par EIFRF le Monday, January 12th 2015 | Comments (5)

Traduction d'un courrier envoyé début décembre 2014 au Conseil Européen.


75 leaders et organisations écrivent au Conseil Européen sur les minorités confrontées à EIIL
To Mr Donald Tusk 
President of the European Council 
  
To All members of the European Council 
  
General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union 
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175 
B-1048 Brussels 
Belgium 
 
 
Cher Monsieur le Président,
 
Chers membres du Conseil Européen,
 
Nous vous écrivons en tant que groupe informel d’organisations et d’universitaires, de leaders religieux, de défenseurs des droits de l’homme et de praticiens pour vous encourager fermement à définir des buts immédiats et à long terme en vue d’une intervention dans le conflit irako-syrien, afin de protéger les chrétiens et autres minorités religieuses et ethniques et mettre un terme aux crimes contre l’humanité qui menacent leurs vies et leurs droits fondamentaux.
 
Nous travaillons pour assister les gens, nos gouvernements, les gouvernements étrangers, et les institutions internationales en soutenant la liberté de religion et de conviction à l’international, et en soutenant l’élimination de l’extrémisme et de l’intolérance. Nous nous sommes engagés pour la liberté de religion envers toutes les personnes de paix, quelques soient leur foi, leur appartenance ethnique, leur genre et leur affiliation politique, sans renier aucunement notre dévotion fervente envers les vérités qui sont les piliers de nos propres convictions religieuses ou philosophiques.
 
Nous sommes angoissés et horrifiés par les rapports quotidiens sur les atrocités commises contre des minorités sans défense qui continuent depuis trois longues années en Syrie, sans intervention efficace de l’Union Européenne ou de la communauté internationale, et qui ont gagné l’Irak aujourd’hui. Des dizaines de milliers de personnes ont été tuées ou blessées, et des millions ont été déplacées de leurs lieux de vie ancestraux. Décapitations, crucifixions, massacres d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants de tous âges, agressions sexuelles et esclavage, conversions forcées et destructions de lieux de culte sont leur quotidien. Pire, les coupables font sans aucune honte la publicité de leurs horribles méfaits et s’en servent comme outils de recrutement.
 
Les principaux coupables sont les auto-proclamés « Etat Islamique d’Iraq et du Levant » (EIIL), Jabhat al-Nusra, et des groupes extrémistes similaires. Ils affirment être engagés dans une guerre religieuse contre les « infidèles » au nom de Dieu, avec une focalisation particulière sur les chrétiens, d’autres minorités religieuses et ethniques, et les chiites. Mais ils ciblent aussi les sunnites qui rejettent leur idéologie et leur comportement. Il est regrettable qu’il ait fallu qu’EIIL exporte ces horreurs en Iraq après les avoir commises en Syrie pendant trois ans pour que finalement la communauté internationale se mobilise pour reconnaître la nature de cette menace.
 
Il faut faire face à EIIL à la fois en Syrie et en Iraq si l’on veut sauver les minorités religieuses sans défense de cette campagne brutale, de ce génocide et de cette épuration ethnique. EIIL ne reconnaît aucune frontière dans ce conflit. Ils ont été clairs quant au fait qu’ils planifiaient d’exporter leur idéologie et leurs méthodes monstrueuses à l’international, spécifiquement en Europe, aux Etats-Unis, et dans les pays du Moyen-Orient.
 
Tout en étant conscients du défi énorme que représente le fait d’apporter la paix dans cette région, nous souhaitons vous donner notre point de vue sur les aspects religieux du conflit et le rôle positif et essentiel que les communautés religieuses et ethniques et leurs défenseurs peuvent jouer en soutenant les efforts de paix entrepris par l’Union Européenne, ses Etats-membres et les autres gouvernements.
 
Spécifiquement nous vous encourageons fermement à prendre les mesures suivantes :
 
  1. Prenez en compte la dimension religieuse du conflit et assurez-vous qu’une attention et une direction politique spéciales sont accordées à cette situation et font partie d’une stratégie européenne globale pour amener la paix dans la région, ceci incluant un plan pour contrer l’idéologie utilisée par les extrémistes, parce que les principes religieux devraient être une fondation pour la paix plutôt qu’une source de conflit.
  2. Utilisez les ressources diplomatiques, humanitaires, celles liées aux réfugiés, à la liberté de religion et de conviction et aux droits de l’homme de l’Union Européenne et de ses Etats-membres pour aider à créer une paix durable, une tolérance interreligieuse, et utilisez la société civile qui est une ressource essentielle pour créer une stabilité que les actions militaires ne peuvent produire seules.
  3. Engagez les représentants européens des groupes ethniques et religieux affectés ainsi que les défenseurs de la liberté de religion et de conviction comme participants et comme des ressources qui peuvent contribuer à soutenir ces efforts par leurs idées et leur travail avec les communautés religieuses et ethniques de la région et à travers le monde.
  4. Faites que les Etats-membres de l’Union Européenne fournissent une assistance militaire ciblée et immédiate, une aide humanitaire, des refuges, et une assistance aux réfugiés pour protéger les minorités sans défense d’Iraq et de Syrie.
  5. Conditionnez toute aide de l’Union Européenne et de ses Etats-membres à ceux qui combattent les militants extrémistes (gouvernementaux ou non-gouvernementaux) au fait qu’ils acceptent de : a) protéger et aider toutes les communautés religieuses et ethniques, principalement les minorités, pendant le conflit ; b) soutenir une représentation significative des minorités dans les pourparlers de paix ; c) permettre aux minorités d’obtenir l’ensemble des droits politiques et civils dans les structures gouvernementales qui viendront après le conflit.
  6. Isolez et identifiez tous les extrémistes religieux et les membres d’EIIL et des groupes similaires, engagez leur responsabilité publiquement pour les crimes contre l’humanité commis devant des tribunaux de la région pour montrer clairement que leurs actions ne seront pas tolérées par la communauté internationale, et assurez-vous que des groupes religieux ont un accès pour pouvoir rééduquer ceux qui ont été endoctrinés par des extrémistes religieux, afin de favoriser la paix et le respect de toutes les fois et convictions.
  7. Soutenez le retour des minorités déplacées dans leurs lieux de vie ancestraux et développez un programme pour compenser l’énorme préjudice humain et économique qui leur a été infligé par les extrémistes, de préférence financé par EIIL et des groupes similaires, ainsi que pour libérer les otages, les esclaves, les femmes et les enfants victimes de trafic d’êtres humains, et autres captifs des extrémistes, incluant ceux qui ont pu être transportés dans d’autres parties du monde, et fournissez des opportunités étendues d’immigration pour ceux qui sont trop traumatisés pour revenir dans la région.
 
Nous sommes un groupe d’individus et d’organisations réellement multiconfessionnel, représentant un haut degré de diversité. Nous sommes tous en accord sur l’importance de la liberté de religion ou de conviction pour tous, sans considération d’appartenance ou de non appartenance religieuse. Nous sommes à disposition pour aider à l’implémentation des mesures de cette proposition, particulièrement dans la formation d’une coalition interreligieuse pour combattre et réfuter les idées véhiculées par EIIL et les groupes similaires, et pour promouvoir la liberté de religion ou de conviction et la tolérance.
 
Respectueusement,
 
ORGANIZATIONS 

AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY OF BELGIUM 
ASSYRIAN AID SOCIETY OF AMERICA 
ASSYRIAN AID SOCIETY OF IRAQ 
ASSYRIAN GENOCIDE RESEARCH CENTER 
ALL FAITH NETWORK – UK 
AMERICAN EZIDI CENTER 
AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION 
BRITISH BOARD OF HINDU SCHOLARS 
CARE FOR EUROPE 
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE 
EASTBOURNE LIBERAL JEWISH CONGREGATION - UK 
EUROPEAN COORDINATION FOR FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE 
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR FREEDOM OF BELIEF 
EUROPEAN INTERRELIGIOUS FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM 
FAMILY FEDERATION FOR WORLD PEACE AND UNIFICATION 
FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EUROPE 
FREEMUSLIM, CENTER FOR DE-RADICALIZATION AND EXTREMISM PREVENTION 
GERARD NOODT FOUNDATION 
HAMMURABI HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION 
HELSINKI COMMITTEE OF ARMENIA 
INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY 
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN 
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM 
IRAQI CHRISTIAN RELIEF COUNCIL 
KURDISH HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH 
THE LOKAHI FOUNDATION - UK 
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF HINDU TEMPLES – UK 
NETHERLANDS SIKH OVERLEG PLATFORM 
OUR LADY OF DELIVERANCE SYRIAC CATHOLIC DIOCESE   
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AUTONOMOUS CHURCH OF AMERICA 
SHIA RIGHTS WATCH 
SHIRAZI FOUNDATION – DC 
SIKH SOCIETY NETHERLANDS 
SOTERIA INTERNATIONAL 
UNITED MACEDONIAN DIASPORA 
UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION IN THE NETHERLANDS 
UNIVERSAL MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA 
WISBECH INTERFAITH FORUM – UK 
WORLD AHLUL BAYT ISLAMIC LEAGUE - UK 

Individuals 

Fr. Æthelwine  
York St John University 
  
C Naseer Ahmad 
  
Mustafa Akhwand 
Executive Director 
Shia Rights Watch 
  
Dr Ali Hasan Al-Shamari 
Iraq-ANajaf Council 
Head of Committee on Health and Environment 
  
Stephen Baskerville 
Professor of Government 
Patrick Henry College 
  
Bar ten Broek 
Secretary 
United Religions Initiative Netherlands 
  
Jeff Gardner 
Founder and Photographer 
Picture Christians Project 
  
Petar Grammatikov 
Hierodeacon of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church 
Vice President - Bridges NGO 
  
Katharine C. Gorka 
President 
Council on Global Security 
  
Prof. Gwen Griffith-Dickson 
Director 
The Lokahi Foundation 
  
Yousif Habash 
Most Reverend Bishop 
Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese 
  
Lauren B. Homer 
Homer International Law 
Law and Liberty Trust 
  
Martha Hudson 
One World Medical Mission 
  
Dr. Joel C. Hunter 
Senior Pastor 
Northland - A Church Distributed  

Mirza Ismail 
Chairman 
Yezidi Human Rights Organization – International 
  
James Issakhani 
President 
Assyrian Genocide Research Center, Seyfo Center 
  
Amjad Mahmood Khan 
National Director of Public Affairs 
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA 
  
Jeff King 
President 
International Christian Concern 
  
Greg Mitchell 
President 
The Mitchell Firm 
  
Scott Morgan 
President 
Red Eagle Enterprises 
  
Paul Moynan 
Directo 
CARE for Europe 
  
Sayyed-Mohammad Musawi  
Chairman 
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League 
  
Hans Noot  
President 
Gerard Noodt Foundation 
  
Max Primorac 
Former Senior Advisor 
Bureau for Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State 
  
Prof. Dr. Rainer Rothfuß  
Arbeitsgruppe Humangeographie (HuGe) 
Geographisches Institut - Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen 
  
Eric Roux 
Chairman 
EIFRF 
  
J.Sekhri, 
President 
Indian Association of Belgium 
  
Satish K Sharma  
General Secretary 
National Council of Hindu Temples 
  
Roy Speckhardt 
Executive Director 
American Humanist Association 
  
William Spence Spencer 
Executive Director 
Institute for International Law and Human Rights 
  
Morgana Sythove 
Chairwoman 
Pagan Federation International 
  
Juliana Taimoorazy  
Founder and President  
Iraqi Christian Relief Council  
  
Pascale Warda 
President 
Hammurabi Human Rights Organization 
  
Martin Weightman 
Director 
All Faith Network     
  
William C. Walsh 
Human Rights Attorney 
Bisceglie and Walsh 
  
Ali Akram Zainalbden 
Turkmen Rescue Foundation
 
 
 

Rédigé par EIFRF le Saturday, January 3rd 2015 | Comments (0)

Last week, a letter signed by 75 NGOs (including EIFRF) and leaders was sent to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and all members of this institution, urging them to take effective action to protect religious minorities facing ISIS. Here is the letter and the signatories:


ISIS: 75 NGOs and leaders write to Donald Tusk and the European Council
To Mr Donald Tusk
President of the European Council
 
To All members of the European Council
 
General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175
B-1048 Brussels
Belgium
 
Dear Mr President,

Dear members of the European Council,

We write as an informal group of organizations and individuals who are scholars, religious leaders, human rights advocates and practitioners to urge you to set immediate and long-term goals for intervention in the Syrian-Iraqi conflict—to protect Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities and stop the crimes against humanity that threaten their lives and fundamental rights. This is necessary to fulfil your commitments as European Union members to intervene to protect victims of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

We work to assist people, our governments, foreign governments, and international bodies in supporting international freedom of religion or belief and the elimination of extremism and intolerance. We are committed to freedom of religion or belief for all peace-loving persons in all nations, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, and political affiliation, without surrendering our fervent devotion to the truth claims that undergird our own religious or philosophical convictions. We hope that this commitment will become an important aspect of the policies of the EU in both Syria and Iraq.

We are horrified and anguished by the daily reports of atrocities against defenceless minorities that have continued for three long years in Syria, without effective intervention by the EU or the world community, and that are now sweeping through Iraq as well. Tens of thousands have been killed or injured, and millions have been displaced from their ancestral homes and lands. Beheadings, crucifixions, massacres of men, women, and children of all ages, sexual assaults and enslavement, forced conversions, and destruction of places of worship are daily events. Worse, the perpetrators shamelessly publicize their gruesome deeds and use them as recruiting tools.

The primary perpetrators are the self-styled “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra), and similar extremist groups. They claim to be waging a religious war against “infidels” in the name of God, with a particular focus on Christians, other religious and ethnic minorities, and Shiites. But they also target Sunnis who reject their ideology and behaviour. Regretfully, it took ISIS exporting to Iraq these horrors they have been perpetrating in Syria for over three years to finally galvanize the international community to recognize the nature of this threat.

ISIS must be confronted in both Syria and Iraq if largely defenceless religious and ethnic minorities are to be saved from this brutal campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing. ISIS recognizes no national boundaries in this conflict. It will quickly retreat to inflict greater harm on Syrian minorities if it is driven from Iraq. It has made clear its plans to export its monstrous ideology and methodology worldwide, specifically to Europe, the United States, and countries throughout the MENA region.

With full knowledge of the enormous challenges of bringing peace to this region, we wish to give you our views on the religious aspects of the conflict and the positive and essential role that religious and ethnic communities and their advocates can play in supporting peace efforts by the EU, its members and other governments.

Specifically, we urge you to take the following steps:

1. Acknowledge the religious dimensions of the conflict and ensure that special attention and policy direction on these issues is part of an overall European strategy to bring peace to the region, including a plan to counter the ideology used by radical extremists, because religious principles should be a foundation for peace instead of conflict.

2. Use EU and EU member states’ governments diplomatic, humanitarian, refugee, freedom of religion or belief, and human rights resources to help establish a lasting peace, interfaith tolerance, and civil societies, which are essential to on-going stability and which military action alone cannot produce.

3. Enlist EU representatives of affected religious and ethnic groups and freedom of religion or belief and civil society advocates as participants and resources that can contribute ideas and work with religious and ethnic communities in the region and throughout the world to support these efforts.

4. Have EU member states provide immediate and targeted military assistance, humanitarian aid, safe havens, and refugee assistance to protect defenceless Syrian and Iraqi minorities.

5. Condition all EU and EU member states’ assistance to those fighting the extremist militants (governmental and non-governmental) on their agreement to: (a) protect and assist all religious and ethnic communities, particularly minorities, during the conflict; (b) support meaningful representation by minority groups in peace talks; and (c) allow minorities to obtain full political and civil rights in post-conflict government structures.

6. Isolate and identify all religious extremists and members of ISIS and similar groups, hold those responsible for crimes against humanity publicly accountable in regional tribunals to make clear that their actions will not be tolerated by the world community, and ensure that religious and faith-based groups have access to re-educate those indoctrinated by religious extremists to pursue peace and respect for all faiths and convictions.

7. Support the restoration of displaced minorities to their ancestral homes and lands and develop a program for compensating them for the enormous human and economic toll inflicted by the extremists, preferably funded by ISIS and similar groups, and for freeing hostages, slaves, trafficked women and children, and others from captivity by extremists, including those that may have been transported to other parts of the world, and provide expanded immigration opportunities for those too traumatized to remain in the region.

We are a truly multi-faith group of organizations and individuals, representing a high degree of diversity. We all agree on the importance of freedom of religion or belief for all faiths and none.  We stand ready to assist in implementation of the points in this proposal, particularly in the formation of a multi-religious coalition to combat and refute the religious ideas perpetrated by ISIS and similar groups and promote freedom of religion or belief and tolerance.

Respectfully,

ORGANIZATIONS

AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY OF BELGIUM
ASSYRIAN AID SOCIETY OF AMERICA
ASSYRIAN AID SOCIETY OF IRAQ
ASSYRIAN GENOCIDE RESEARCH CENTER
ALL FAITH NETWORK – UK
AMERICAN EZIDI CENTER
AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION
BRITISH BOARD OF HINDU SCHOLARS
CARE FOR EUROPE
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE
EASTBOURNE LIBERAL JEWISH CONGREGATION - UK
EUROPEAN COORDINATION FOR FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR FREEDOM OF BELIEF
EUROPEAN INTERRELIGIOUS FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
FAMILY FEDERATION FOR WORLD PEACE AND UNIFICATION
FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EUROPE
FREEMUSLIM, CENTER FOR DE-RADICALIZATION AND EXTREMISM PREVENTION
GERARD NOODT FOUNDATION
HAMMURABI HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
HELSINKI COMMITTEE OF ARMENIA
INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
IRAQI CHRISTIAN RELIEF COUNCIL
KURDISH HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
THE LOKAHI FOUNDATION - UK
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF HINDU TEMPLES – UK
NETHERLANDS SIKH OVERLEG PLATFORM
OUR LADY OF DELIVERANCE SYRIAC CATHOLIC DIOCESE  
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AUTONOMOUS CHURCH OF AMERICA
SHIA RIGHTS WATCH
SHIRAZI FOUNDATION – DC
SIKH SOCIETY NETHERLANDS
SOTERIA INTERNATIONAL
UNITED MACEDONIAN DIASPORA
UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION IN THE NETHERLANDS
UNIVERSAL MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
WISBECH INTERFAITH FORUM – UK
WORLD AHLUL BAYT ISLAMIC LEAGUE - UK

Individuals

Fr. Æthelwine 
York St John University
 
C Naseer Ahmad
 
Mustafa Akhwand
Executive Director
Shia Rights Watch
 
Dr Ali Hasan Al-Shamari
Iraq-ANajaf Council
Head of Committee on Health and Environment
 
Stephen Baskerville
Professor of Government
Patrick Henry College
 
Bar ten Broek
Secretary
United Religions Initiative Netherlands
 
Jeff Gardner
Founder and Photographer
Picture Christians Project
 
Petar Grammatikov
Hierodeacon of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Vice President - Bridges NGO
 
Katharine C. Gorka
President
Council on Global Security
 
Prof. Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Director
The Lokahi Foundation
 
Yousif Habash
Most Reverend Bishop
Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese
 
Lauren B. Homer
Homer International Law
Law and Liberty Trust
 
Martha Hudson
One World Medical Mission
 
Dr. Joel C. Hunter
Senior Pastor
Northland - A Church Distributed 

Mirza Ismail
Chairman
Yezidi Human Rights Organization – International
 
James Issakhani
President
Assyrian Genocide Research Center, Seyfo Center
 
Amjad Mahmood Khan
National Director of Public Affairs
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA
 
Jeff King
President
International Christian Concern
 
Greg Mitchell
President
The Mitchell Firm
 
Scott Morgan
President
Red Eagle Enterprises
 
Paul Moynan
Directo
CARE for Europe
 
Sayyed-Mohammad Musawi 
Chairman
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League
 
Hans Noot 
President
Gerard Noodt Foundation
 
Max Primorac
Former Senior Advisor
Bureau for Near Eastern Affairs, US Department of State
 
Prof. Dr. Rainer Rothfuß 
Arbeitsgruppe Humangeographie (HuGe)
Geographisches Institut - Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
 
Eric Roux
Chairman
EIFRF
 
J.Sekhri,
President
Indian Association of Belgium
 
Satish K Sharma 
General Secretary
National Council of Hindu Temples
 
Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director
American Humanist Association
 
William Spence Spencer
Executive Director
Institute for International Law and Human Rights
 
Morgana Sythove
Chairwoman
Pagan Federation International
 
Juliana Taimoorazy 
Founder and President 
Iraqi Christian Relief Council 
 
Pascale Warda
President
Hammurabi Human Rights Organization
 
Martin Weightman
Director
All Faith Network    
 
William C. Walsh
Human Rights Attorney
Bisceglie and Walsh
 
Ali Akram Zainalbden
Turkmen Rescue Foundation

Rédigé par EIFRF le Saturday, December 6th 2014 | Comments (0)

Conférence Laïcité et Liberté de Croyance : quel avenir pour la spécificité française ?
Conférence –Débat


Laïcité et Liberté de Croyance
Quel avenir pour la spécificité française ?



Avec

Vincent Berger
Avocat – Professeur au Collège d’Europe  
Ancien Jurisconsulte de la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme

Guillaume Déderen
Maitre des requêtes au Conseil d’Etat

Jean-Marc Florand 
Avocat – Docteur d’Etat en Droit

Sophie Gherardi
Journaliste – Directrice de publication de Fait-religieux.com

Asif Arif
Avocat – Directeur de publication de cultures et croyances.com - Chargé d’enseignement Université Paris-Dauphine


Le jeudi 18 décembre 2014 de 17h à 20h
Au Club de l’Assemblée
93, rue de l’Université 75007 Paris

Organisé par le European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF)

Réservations par email à eiforumrf@gmail.com ou au 06 47 69 52 35 


La laïcité, principe de séparation des organisations religieuses et de l’Etat, de neutralité de ce dernier et garantie de la liberté de culte, est aujourd’hui un terme autour duquel frictions et interprétations controversées se cristallisent.

La seule évocation du fait religieux suscite en permanence polémiques et débats dans les médias français.

Signes religieux ostentatoires interdits dans les écoles, collèges et lycées, principe de laïcité étendu à des organismes privés, stigmatisation des croyants, instrumentalisation de la laïcité à des fins populistes et politiques, lutte contre les sectes, rejet de l’Islam, antisémitisme, polémiques autour de l’enseignement du fait religieux dans les écoles, sont autant de pierres d’achoppement qui non seulement ont parfois engendré de fausses interprétations du principe de laïcité mais attirent sur la France des critiques, fondées ou non, de la part de ses voisins européens et des instances internationales.

La France est elle mal comprise, ou souffre-t-elle de son propre manque de compréhension de ce qu’est et doit être la laïcité ? 

Le principe de laïcité doit-il évoluer, ou est-ce la compréhension que les acteurs politiques et institutionnels français en ont qui doit s’affiner ?

Comment le principe de laïcité s’articule-t-il avec le principe de liberté de culte ? La laïcité est-elle une liberté, un devoir, un cadre contraignant ou les trois à la fois ?

Autant de questions qui seront traités par les intervenants à cette conférence. Les interventions seront suivies de débats avec la salle, dans une optique d’échanges constructifs et destinés à envisager un avenir plus serein et dépassionné pour la spécificité française.
 

Rédigé par EIFRF le Friday, November 21st 2014 | Comments (0)

Press release: Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says a global strategy required to stop radicalisation


Muslim Leader calls for urgent Action against Extremism
On 8 November 2014, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address at the 11th National Peace Symposium hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.

During his address, His Holiness categorically condemned the activities of ISIS and other extremists groups as “entirely un-Islamic” and said they were “viciously spreading a network of terror” in the world.

Quoting extensively from the Holy Quran, His Holiness proved Islam to be a religion of peace that promoted tolerance, mutual respect and understanding at all levels of society. His Holiness also questioned how extremist groups such as ISIS were funded and supported.

The event was held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London with an audience of more than 1000 people, including 550 non-Ahmadi guests comprising Government Ministers, Ambassadors of State, Members of both Houses of Parliament and various other dignitaries and guests. The theme of this year’s Peace Symposium was “Khilafat, Peace and Justice”.

During the event, His Holiness also presented Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Founder and CEO Mary’s Meals UK, with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace in recognition of his outstanding efforts to provide food and education to hundreds of thousands of children in the developing world.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad began his address by speaking of the increasing threat of terrorism and extremism in today’s world.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Over the past year, one particular group has viciously spread its network of terror and has become a cause of major concern for the world. I am speaking of the group of extremists commonly known as ‘ISIS’ or ‘I.S.’ The actions of this terrorist group are not only impacting Muslim countries, but also countries in Europe and further afield are also being affected by its brutalities.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said it was highly “disturbing” that hundreds of Muslim youths from all parts of the world were being attracted by ISIS and were going to Syria and Iraq to fight for them. His Holiness said: “the agenda and objectives of ISIS and their so-called Khalifa are utterly horrific and barbaric”.

His Holiness said that ISIS had a vision to “take over the world” which he classed as “wishful thinking”. Nonetheless, His Holiness said that if ISIS was not “stopped in its tracks” it could cause great destruction in the world.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Consider just how much suffering and ruin can be caused by an extremist group, which is gathering together frustrated and restless people from all parts of the world who are ready to give their lives for this unjust cause…

This is especially true given the fact that this group (ISIS) does not just have willing individuals but is also heavily armed with sophisticated weapons systems and artillery. Indeed, it is not out of the question that they could eventually lay their hands on nuclear weapons.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“When all of this is considered there is no doubting the horrific threat to the world posed by ISIS and any of the groups that have similar ideologies. The fact that all of this is being done in the name of Islam sincerely grieves and pains all true and peace loving Muslims because such brutal and inhumane ideologies have nothing to do with the religion whatsoever. Rather, in every way, and at every level, Islam’s real teachings are of peace and security for all people.”

The Khalifa went on to give a detailed account of Quranic teachings in relation to warfare, stating that wherever Muslims were given permission for a ‘defensive war’ it was given as a means to protect all religions and not just Islam. He also explained the unparalleled efforts made by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to spread peace throughout the world.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad went on to speak about how ‘freedom of conscience’ was a fundamental tenet of Islam. He said that Muslims were permitted only to preach the message of Islam in a peaceful way.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“It is never permissible, in any circumstance, to force another person to accept Islam or indeed any religion… All people are free to believe or not to believe. And so when the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) was permitted only to convey the message of Islam and nothing further – how then can the so called Muslim leaders of today go beyond this and think they have more power, authority or rights than the Prophet of Islam?”
 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad ended his address by questioning how terrorist or extremist groups were being funded and by appealing for world peace through true justice.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“I would also hereby like to question those people or organisations who claim that Islam is a religion of violence on the basis of the atrocities of the extremist groups. I would ask them to consider how these groups are able to acquire such funds that allow them to continue their extremist activities and warfare for so long? How do they acquire such sophisticated weapons? Do they have arms industries or factories?

It is quite obvious that they are receiving the help and support of certain powers. This could be direct support from very oil-rich states or it could be other major powers covertly providing assistance.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“The funding of these groups is a major problem because it is through these funds that they are able to prey on vulnerable groups or individuals… Thus something has to be done to stop the funding of these groups urgently. The West has now started to realise and acknowledge that this is a war that is actually directly affecting it as well. However, this too is under-estimation – the truth is that this is a war against the entire world.”

His Holiness concluded by saying:

“Most importantly the world must realise that it has forgotten its Creator and they must come back to Him. Only when this happens can true peace be established and without this there can be no guarantee of peace. I have spoken many times previously about the horrific consequences of another global war and perhaps it will only be after such a war that the world will come to realise the destructive results of the unjust policies that were made only to satisfy personal ambitions and vested interests. I hope and pray that the world comes to its senses before such a disaster comes to pass.”

Prior to the keynote address, various dignitaries spoke about the importance of peace and the critical state of today’s world.

Rafiq Hayat, the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, spoke of the need for peace in the world. Referring to Remembrance Day commemorations that were taking place this week, he said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community “honoured” all those British servicemen and women who had sacrificed their lives for the sake of their nation during the First World War.

Siobhain McDonagh, MP and Chair of the “All Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’ said:

“I congratulate the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on its 125th anniversary. It is a community that has always promoted peace and harmony in the world.”

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for Communities said:

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is my Community – it is my home and this is my place of worship.”

Rt Hon Ed Davey, MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change said:

“In the world today we see ‘politics of division’ in so many parts but under the leadership of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community promotes a ‘politics of unity’ with the aim of establishing unity across the world.”

Rt Hon Justine Greening, MP, Secretary of State for International Development said:

“Tonight is a simple but powerful event where people are being brought together to discuss and understand each other and to eat together as families do.”

Most Reverend Kevin McDonald, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, who also read a special message from the Vatican, said:

“I strongly applaud the huge contribution being made by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in spreading peace in the world.”

The recipient of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, CEO Mary’s Meals UK said:

“I am deeply honoured and moved to receive this award and thank His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad for this honour. The work of Mary’s Meals is very simply to feed children so that they are able to go to school.”


Both before and after the proceedings, His Holiness met personally with various dignitaries and guests and also met with members of the western and Asian media.

 

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Further Information: media@pressahmadiyya.com


Rédigé par EIFRF le Sunday, November 16th 2014 | Comments (0)

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IRF Roundtable in Europe - Brussels - 23 october 2014

IRF Roundtable in Brussels – Europe
Second meeting
 
Thursday October 23, 2014 • from 14h00 to 16h30
 
At the Renaissance Hotel - Rue du Parnasse 19 - 1050 Brussels
2 minutes walk from the EU Parliament 
 
Refreshments and hot drinks will be provided
 
Please confirm your presence by email to irf.roundtable.eu@gmail.com
With your name, post and the NGO you are belonging to.
 
The IRF Roundtable is an informal group of individuals from non-governmental organizations who gather regularly to discuss IRF issues on a non-attribution basis. It is simply a safe space where participants gather, speak freely in sharing ideas and information, and propose joint, multi-faith advocacy actions to address specific IRF issues and problems. The Roundtable is informal to the point of being routinely referred to as a “non-group,” and this is an inclusive, participant-driven space that is open to anybody and everybody. Each individual participant has an open and equal opportunity to place specific items on the agenda, speak at meetings, design and launch initiatives, self-select into coalitions of the willing and participate in joint advocacy actions. And we are truly multi-faith in nature. While there is very little we agree on theologically, we all agree on the importance of religious freedom, and we work together on the basis of mutual respect and understanding. Participants are under no obligation to take any action whatsoever. And each joint, multi-faith advocacy action is undertaken solely by, and on behalf of, the individual participants who self-selected into that specific coalition of the willing. 

Rédigé par EIFRF le Wednesday, October 8th 2014 | Comments (0)

EIFRF Chairman invited as a speaker to IRF Roundtable annual event in Washington
On September 19, 2014 Eric Roux, Chairman of EIFRF, was invited to speak about Religious Freedom in Europe at the third annual event of the IRF Roundtable (IRF= International Religious Freedom), in the Washington State Capitol.

He shared a panel with Susan Kerr from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Ira Forman, Special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism of the US State Department, Dr Juris Pupcenoks from the Marist College in New York, and Greg Mitchell, co-chair of the US IRF Roundtable.

The event was very well attended by more than a hundred of people, including several congressmen, religious leaders, members of the US government and human rights defenders.

Rédigé par EIFRF le Monday, October 6th 2014 | Comments (0)

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