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Faith and Peace Newsletter - 31/8/10

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  • CHAN Beng Seng
    August 2010 Doctrine Divides, Action Unites Contents Home Page School of Peace Faith and Peace Archives Photos and events Who are we e-mail ... Strains of Hope
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      August 2010

      Doctrine Divides, Action Unites

       
       

      Contents

       ۩ Home Page
       ۩ School of Peace
       ۩ Faithand Peace Archives
       ۩ Photosand events
       ۩ Who are we

      e-mail : forumicf@...


      Strains of Hope
      Calah Schlabach
      The author is a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) intern based in Vietnam who met Kipho at the School of Peace (SOP) that was conducted by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) in Bangalore, India, earlier this year. Through this profile, she shares the young life of a Karen man who was born and who has lived all of his life in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. [Readmore]


      Behind the Posters for Peace
      Jaruwan Supolrai
      Writing for the ASEAN Youth Movement (AYM) web site, the author shares the artwork of six of the participants of the Poster for Peace Workshop at the 2010 School of Peace (SOP) held in Bangalore, India, by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF). Most importantly, the author’s interviews with these participants also share the message and issues in Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand and the Philippines that inspired their creative endeavors. The posters and interviews are available online at http://aseanyouthmovement.org/2010/08/09/behind-the-posters-for-peace/


      Religious Freedom Is Still a Dream in Indonesia
      Interfaith Cooperation Forum
      This statement by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF), which seeks to uphold the right of all people in Indonesia to practice the religious faith of their choice, was issued in response to attacks on the Ahmadiyya and Christian communities in June and July this year. While democratization in Indonesia has made impressive strides since Suharto was forced to relinquish power in 1998, the protection of the rights of the country’s religious minorities is one issue that must be addressed by the government to complete this process. [Readmore]


      Putting Minority Rights in Context
      Asghar Ali Engineer
      Threats to the rights of minorities, especially religious minorities, is a topic that constantly confronts people today regardless of the faith and regardless of the country. In this article, a well-known Islamic scholar in Asia shares his views about the protection of religious minorities based on the teachings of his faith. [Readmore]


      Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Need Reforming
      Huma Yusuf
      An attack on an Ahmadi mosque in May in Pakistan once again begs for the reform of the country’s blasphemy laws, according to the author. Sadly, this incident is not the first time that Pakistan’s religious minorities have experienced violence and discrimination. [Readmore]


      Malaysia Moving Forward in Matters of Islam and Women
      Marina Mahathir
      The author explains why Muslim women in Malaysia are celebrating the appointment of two women to the country’s syariah courts. [Readmore]


      Visual Tools for Human Rights Education
      Youth for Human Rights
      The group Youth for Human Rights has provided short and creative online video descriptions of 30 human rights, including both civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights. The videos can be viewed at http://www.youthforhumanrights.org/what-are-human-rights/videos/born-free-and-equal.html
       

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