This is a closed-door High-Level Roundtable on peace processes, conflict and humanitarian needs in Myanmar.
The event will be held on Tuesday, 2 July.
The roundtable aims to facilitate a high-level policy dialogue on three pressing interrelated issues: the ethnic peace process; the crisis in Rakhine State; and the Buddhist-Muslim violence in Myanmar and the wider ASEAN region. It will bring together government representatives, representatives of the donor community, policy-makers and humanitarian agencies currently involved in Myanmar.
This first section of this roundtable will seek to provide a forum to discuss the ongoing peace processes throughout Myanmar. Speakers, including Charles Petrie (Coordinator of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative) will share progress made, but also the challenges that remain.
Rushanara Ali MP (Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow and Shadow Minister for International Development) will speak on her recent visit to Rakhine State and her views on how the international community should respond to the crisis. Melanie Teff (Senior advocate, European representative, Refugees International) and Chris Lewa (Founder and coordinator, The Arakan Project) will then present their research findings and analysis on the situation in Rakhine State, followed by an in-depth discussion of possible strategies to address both the humanitarian crisis as well as the root causes of the conflict.
Finally, the roundtable will cover the spread of violence between Burmese Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar and spill over into the wider region, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia. Other speakers at the roundtable will include Oliver Lacey-Hall (Head, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at UN OCHA), Kyaw Win (Secretary of the Burmese Muslim Association) and Dr Jemilah Mahmood (ODI Council Member).
The meeting will be hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and co-organised with Refugees International, Muslim Charities Forum and The Cordoba Foundation.
The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule and participation is by invitation only.
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The Need For the Protection And Security of Muslims in Myanmar Is very important and hence effective advocacy and campaigning are very much needed to support their fundamental human rights, human security and human dignity in the spirit of achieving peace and harmony.
– To Focus On Sectarian Violence, Segregation, Displacement, Forcible Expulsions And Intolerance Against Muslim Minorities In Myanmar;
– To Create A Better Atmosphere For Exiles With A View To Develop Sympathetic Treatment For The Victims Of Genocide And Humiliations;
– To Exert Effective Pressure On The Burmese Authorities To Stop The Maltreatment And Violence Against The Muslims Of Myanmar And To Ensure Their Rights Of Citizenship And Human Dignity Are Respected.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
09:30am – 02:00pm
Conference Hall, IAIS Malaysia [click for location map]
International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia
Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC)
Burma Muslim Community (BMC)
International Movement For A Just World (JUST)
Muslim Youth Movement Of Malaysia (ABIM)
Malaysian Youth Council (MBM)
Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM)
Jaringan Anak Muda (JAM)
Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR)
The Cordoba Foundation (TCF)
The Diplomatic Institute of the State of Qatar (TDI)
Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF)
Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM)
Radio IKIM FM
The Arakan Observer Group
Rohingya Vision TV
Keynote Address by YABhg Tun Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi, Patron Of IAIS Malaysia And Former Prime Minister Of Malaysia
Opening Speech by Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman & CEO, IAIS Malaysia
Moderator – Associate Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil, Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement For A Just World (JUST)
Dr. Maung Zarni, Fellow, Department Of History, Faculty Of Arts & Social Sciences, University Of Malaya
Mr. Mohammad Sadek, Program Coordinator, Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC)
Mr. Saw Clo Say, Special Advisor, Burma Muslim Community
Mr. Mohamad Raimi Bin Ab Rahim, Secretary General, Muslim Youth Movement Of Malaysia (ABIM)
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Workshops – Information Exchane – Networking
Date – May 21st 2013
Time – 12pm – 6pm
Place – Centre Espaces (Brussels)
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Islam and Diplomacy – The Search for Human Security
The Forum will explore Islamic teachings on Diplomacy in the light of Peace & Security. Speakers will offer insights into conceptual and pragmatic aspects of Islam’s practice of harmonious relations between nations. Diplomatic practices promoting Human Security which may be aligned with Peace Making, by relating Islamic insights and values to our social and political realities in global context will be discussed.
IAIS Malaysia, The Cordoba Foundation United Kingdom, Institute Of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) – Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia
The State of Qatar, Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF)
Institute Of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Jalan Wisma Putra, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please click here for a map and directions
Date and Time: 16th May 2013, 09.00 am – 5.30 pm
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The Cordoba Foundation takes great pleasure in inviting you to an evening lecture about the former Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka, the late Lakshman Kadirgamar, which will examine his ideas for the modern world and the threat posed by political violence to stability within and between states throughout the world:
Speaker: Professor Sir Adam Roberts (Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford) author of the book, ‘Democracy, Sovereignty, and Terror: Lakshman Kadirgamer on the Foundations of International Order’
The lecture will be held on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 6.30pm (for a 7.00pm start)
Attendance is by invitation and confirmation of names only.
Once confirmed, details of the venue will be sent to you
RSVP essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ten years on, Iraq continues to search for a unifying national identity. After 2003, Iraq’s different communities retreated to their sectarian and ethnic enclaves for protection and for the survival of their various cultures. Presently, the country is fast descending into de facto three separate entities.
This timely conference organised by The Cordoba Foundation and The Sharq Forum will primarily review and examine the achievements and failures of a decade’s long intervention in Iraq by Western-led forces and regional powers. As a result, the conference will also examine the nature and shape of future international interventions in the region. Despite the huge cost to state and society, Iraq will continue to play a strategic role in the region provided it addresses its internal political and social challenges.
Looking to the future, the conference seeks to chart a direction where all Iraqis feel safe, equal and enjoy the fruits of a real democracy.
Date and Time: Monday 8 April 2013; 9.30am – 5.45pm
Venue: The Commonwealth Club, 18 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5AP (Closest Tube: Embankment or Charing Cross). Please click here for a map and directions to the venue
Limited Places!! Registration is strictly by invitation or application only!!
To apply, please send an email to be assured of a place at the conference.
ENORB is being consulted by the European Commission (DG Justice) on the current 10 year review of implementation of the Directives on Equalities and Fundamental Rights – which cover Religion and Belief (as well as Race, Gender etc).
We hope to welcome legal experts from member states and academic institutions as well as from R&B organisations and networks at grassroots level. Conclusions and recommendations from this conference will be submitted to EU officials.
date: March 19-20, 2013
venue: European Parliament/Centre Espaces, Brussels, Belgium
day one: European Parliament: Bt Altiero Spinetti, Hall 78 – 1.30pm-6pm | 7.30pm-9pm
day two: Centre Espaces: 40, Avenue de la Renaissance – 9:15am-12.30pm
Limited funds available to subsidise travel costs for delegates from Eastern Europe and distant parts of Europe.
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Throughout the world’s most volatile regions, academics and practitioners are proposing that novel approaches to peace building should now be organic incorporating indigenous and local cultural methods of interventions and analysis on top of the systematic ‘Western’ models being employed. Islam as a religion and a tradition is replete with teachings and practices of nonviolence and peacebuilding. Since its formative years, Muslim communities have been empowered by various Islamic values and principles of peace and Muslim men and women to resolve their conflicts peacefully and to establish just social, political and economic systems.
Nevertheless, since the September 11 attacks of 2001, a large number of studies have ignored the Islamic tradition of peace and nonviolence and focused mainly on Islamic fundamentalism and recent emergence of radical Islamic movements.
The Cordoba Foundation, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Initiatives of Change and Salam Institute of Peace and Justice invite you to a public seminar that will focus on addressing the Islamic traditions of non violence and peacebuilding. (Please note that whilst the title of the seminar has changed to reflect a more detailed concept for the seminar, it will deliver the same subjects as before)
* Professor Mohammed Abu Nimer (Salam Institute for Peace and Justice / American University)
* Dr Qamar ul Huda (United States Institute of Peace)
* Dr Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (Georgetown University / Salam Institiute for Peace and Justice)
Date & Time: 22nd January 2013, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Initiatives of Change Centre, 24 Greencoat Place, London, SW1P 1RD (Please click here for a map to the venue)- Closest tube is Victoria
Limited Places. Registration Essential!!
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, The Cordoba Foundation, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Salam Institute for Peace and Justice invite you to a meeting that will focus on addressing the Islamic traditions of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Date and Time: Tuesday 22 January 2013; 6.30pm-8.30pm
Venue: Committee Room 10, House of Commons
Andy Slaughter MP
Throughout the world’s most volatile regions, academics and practitioners are proposing that novel approaches to peacebuilding should now incorporate indigenous and local cultural methods of interventions and analysis into the systematic ‘Western’ models being employed.
Islam as a religion and a tradition is replete with teachings and practices of nonviolence and peacebuilding. Since its formative years, Muslim communities have been empowered by various Islamic values and principles of peace. Nevertheless, since the September 11 attacks of 2001, a large number of studies have ignored the Islamic tradition of peace and nonviolence and focused mainly on Islamic fundamentalism and recent emergence of radical Islamic movements.
So how do Muslim men and women resolve their conflicts peacefully and establish just social, political and economic systems?
Prof Mohamed Abu Nimer is professor in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC, and Director of the Salaam Institute for Peace and Justice. He is an expert in conflict resolution and dialogue for peace. As a practitioner, he has conducted conflict resolution training workshops and intervened in many conflict areas around the world including: Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Philippines (Mindanao), Sri Lanka and the US. His list of publications include Interfaith Peacebuilding and Dialogue in the Middle East: From Sacred to Political; Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islam:Theory and Practice; Reconciliation, Coexistence, and Justice:Theory and Practice.
Dr Qamar ul Huda is a scholar of Islam and Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Centre at the US Institute of Peace. His area of expertise is Islamic theology, intellectual history, ethics, comparative ethics, the language of violence, conflict resolution and non-violence in contemporary Islam. His edited USIP book, The Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam, provides a critical analysis of models of nonviolent strategies, peace-building and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. His research is on comparative Sunni-Shi’ite interpretations of social justice, ethics and dialogue, and how the notion of justice is used and appropriated. Dr Huda is the author of Striving for Divine Union: Spiritual Exercises for Suhrawardi Sufis.
Dr S Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is a founding member and the Associate Director of Salam Institute for Peace and Justice. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC. In addition to teaching, lecturing and publishing extensively, Dr Kadayifci-Orellana has facilitated dialogues and conflict resolution workshops between Israelis and Palestinian; conducted Islamic conflict resolution training workshops with imams and Muslim youth leaders in the United States, Saudi Arabia and Sudan; organised and participated in interfaith and intra-Muslim dialogues; and was part of the first American-Muslim delegation to Iran in November 2012.
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Secretariat, APPG on Conflict Issues
The Secretariat to the APPGCI is provided by Engi, a social venture that aims to further effective, non-violent conflict management by strengthening links between peace-building and Parliament, government, civil society and the private sector. www.engi.org.uk