Wednesday, 15 August 2012

World Humanitarian Day on Sunday 19th August


The following is taken from the United Nations Association website

Everyone can be a humanitarian - World Humanitarian Day 2012

19 August is World Humanitarian Day and the UN is asking us all to become humanitarians by pledging to do something good - anything from helping a neighbour with their shopping to volunteering for a local organisation to supporting international relief efforts.

http://www.una.org.uk/campaigns/everyone-can-be-humanitarian-world-humanitarian-day-2012?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Do+something+good+for+World+Humanitarian+...&utm_source=Your+Mailing+List+Provider+%28link+tracking%29&utm_term=

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

American Perspective on International Religious Freedom

The following article written by Denis McDonough, the Deputy National Security Advisor is taken from the White House blog:

'International Religious Freedom: A Human Right, A National Security Issue, A Foreign Policy Priority'

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/31/international-religious-freedom-human-right-national-security-issue-foreign-policy-p

The Department of State released its annual report on the state of international religious freedom around the globe. This can be accessed at: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/

Secretary Hilary Clinton's remarks on the release of the report at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peaceare also available: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/07/195782.htm

Here is an extract: "Religious freedom provides a cornerstone for every healthy society. It empowers faith-based service. It fosters tolerance and respect among different communities. And it allows nations that uphold it to become more stable, secure and prosperous.” – Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton