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Speeches

We know that the world is divided into people of different faiths, but basically the faith of all these religions is the same. Religions preach and promote peace and brotherhood. There is no religion which says that you should go forth and kill those who are not of your own faith. I’ve studied the Qur’an and I couldn’t find any verse which directs Muslims to kill non-Muslims. In fact, we are told to live at peace with peoples of other religions. Surah Al-Kahfirul refers to the different religions professed by different people, and says that you have to accept them—"to them their religion, to you your religion." It doesn’t say “to them their religion, and therefore you should fight them.”

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Excerpts of keynote address at the Global Peace Festival, Ottawa, Canada, October 4, 2008

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Poem by Heyam Qirbi, Mothers for Peace, read at the Canadian Leadership Conference in Ottawa, Canada, October 2-5, 2008

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Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) began in February 2005, following an International Civilian Peace Service Consultation at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Since then, our CPSC Committee has moved forward informed by the experience of our European friends and colleagues, supported by the ongoing work of Canadian peace, human rights, and development NGOs, along with our own particular views and undertakings.

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In the early part of the twenty-first century, the peoples of the world are experiencing an intolerable level of insecurity and violence on the parts of states and non-state actors. At the same time, there has been a re-energizing of the peace movement and citizen initiatives in seeking innovative, nonviolent and enduring resolution of conflict through peacebuilding activities of many kinds. One of those initiatives is a growing international movement for the creation of departments of peace in all nations. Canada, as a middle power with a long history of peacekeeping and negotiated outcomes to conflict, stands in a unique position to become the first country to proclaim a Department and Minister of Peace.

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For over 2,000 years this plea has been on the books and has been issued millions of times from pulpits the world over to many millions of faithful parishioners, many of whom have become the perpetrators of war, the starters of war, the losers of war, and — dare I say it — the winners of wars for there are those who profess that in war there are no winners.

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Hon. Raila Odinga, Prime Minister, Kenya: Address to International Leadership Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, August 29-31, 2008

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Hon. Jose de Venecia, Jr., Chairman, CDI-Asia Pacific Address to the Global Peace Festival Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines September 21, 2008

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Speech delivered by Hon. Song Yeong Sun, Member, Korean National Assembly at the International Leadership Conference and Global Peace Festival, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 9, 2008

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Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, Co-Chairman, Universal Peace Federation keynote address at the Global Peace Festival Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 9, 2008


During my many years of involvement in political and diplomatic affairs, I was constantly reminded that the economic, social, political problems that we are addressing are the results of much deeper and more internal needs. If those aspects are not understood or dealt with, the solutions that we propose will not reach their desired goal. Conflicts do not end when peace treaties are signed. It is only when each individuals and communities feels safe, appreciated and “at inner peace.”

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As H.E. Ambassador Makarim Wibisono has correctly stated: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has largely been drafted by experts of religion." Religion has always played a central role in the protection of human rights and especially in the promotion of human dignity.

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