Thursday, June 23, 2011

AFRICA: BURUNDI: SEMINAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fides Service REPORT - A seminar on international law on human rights began in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi on June, 20 . The seminar is sponsored by the Episcopal Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity in Burundi (ECAL) by the Movements of Catholic Action in Burundi (MCA), the Institute of International Law on Peace "Giuseppe Toniolo" of Italian Catholic Action and the International Forum of Catholic Action (IFCA). "The seminar is being widely reported and is followed on a national level", says Don Salvatore Niciteretse to Fides, Burundian priest, coordinator for Africa of the IFCA. "The Minister of Solidarity, Equal Opportunity and Human Rights has brought his greeting, while there are at least 7 journalists and 3 televisions that follow the work".
The seminar was opened by Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye, Archbishop of Bujumbura and President of ECAL, and Archbishop Francesco Coppola, Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi. Archbishop Simon Ntamwana, Archbishop of Gitega and President of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (AECCA),who introduced the work.
There are 4 topics in discussion: "The dignity of the human person as ethical priority"; "The international law of human rights: the protection of human dignity"; "human rights for peace based on rules in a democratic society"; " Forgiveness and reconciliation as a necessary path for peace based on the rules".
"In the course of the work we present what the Church is doing in Burundi to promote national reconciliation, as the youth forum on reconciliation and Atelier on peace," said Don Salvatore Niciteretse to Fides. "We are also working with the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace to spread the Church's social doctrine. There are, finally, the training camps for youth, where the young learn to live together and become protagonists of their future".
There are about 50 delegates from from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Italy and Thailand.

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