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FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF IN EUROPE – CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF IN EUROPE – CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

Speaker: Dr. Kishan Manocha - Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.  

 

Venue: Stranmillis University College (Room 5, Central Building 1st floor), Stranmillis Road, Belfast

Date: Thursday 16th November

Time: 18:00 for refreshments and 18:30 for talk.  NB THIS IS A CORRECTION TO THE TIME GIVEN PREVIOUSLY

 

Light refreshments available at start of meeting.

For catering purposes, please advise us if you are planning to attend!  

 

Dr Kishan Manocha has been Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights since May 2015.  Prior to that, he served as Director of the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’í community of the United Kingdom.  In October 2016, Dr Manocha was appointed to the Inter Faith Advisory Committee to the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.  He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the newly-established International Platform on Religion, Peace and Security.

 

New Trustees elected

Following the Annual General Meeting that was held on Tuesday 10th January 2017 in Stranmillis University College, the following have been elected to serve as Trustees for the coming year:

Dr Sandra Baillie
Mr Patrick Carberry
Mr Paul Fitzsimmons
Mr Edwin Graham
Mrs Hazel Holmlund
Dr Wasif Naeem
Mr Ed Petersen
Mr Raj Puri
Dr Norman Richardson
Mr Boyd Sleator
Mrs Sushma Sethi

 

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Meeting & AGM

Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 7.30 pm

in Stranmillis University College, Belfast (Central Building, Lecture Theatre 2).

 

Guest Speaker:  Anna Lo (former MLA)

 

The meeting will include the Forum's brief Annual General Meeting, including Executive Committee elections.

 

This is an open meeting to which all are invited.

For fuller details and inclusion in the Forum's mailing list please contact Edwin Graham (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Norman Richardson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Attack on Jewish Graves in City Cemetary

The Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum was shocked and appalled by the attack on graves of members of the Jewish Community in Belfast City Cemetery. Thirteen graves were desecrated when eight youths knocked over and smashed headstones with hammers. They even tried to break into where the bodies are laid to rest. The incident is reported to have happened in broad daylight at 3pm in the afternoon.

 

People of all faiths and beliefs share the view that a person's final resting place should be treated with respect. It is deeply disturbing that graves are desecrated in this way but it is particularly worrying that the offenders specifically targeted the graves in the Jewish section of the graveyard.

Northern Ireland Interfaith Forum
5th September 2016