The Role of Religion in Peace Negotiations in African Contexts

Event Date: Wednesday April 9, 2008
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 P.M.
Location: Pound Hall 332, Harvard Law School

Please join us for a panel discussion with four international experts on how religion helps, or hurts, peace negotiations in their home countries.

Nasredeen Abdulbari is a member of the Fur tribe of the Sudan and an intructor of international human rights law at the University of Khartoum. Speaking on “Wars in Sudan and the Future of Religion-Based Relations,” he will discuss the relationship between the North and the South in terms of religion and the position of religion in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). He will also discuss the role of Israel in providing apartments and work permits for several hundred Sudanese refugees.

Richelieu Lomax has worked as a Judicial System Monitor for the UN mission in Liberia, training judges, prosecutors, defense counsels, and security forces. Speaking on “The Role of Religion in the Liberian Peace Process,” he will describe the Liberian Council of Churches’ organizing role in peace negotiation; human and civil rights advocacy; and relief for displaced persons.

Tawanda Mutasah has worked as the head of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches; on the the World Council of Churches ecumenical study group on Faith, Justice and Peace convened by the WCC in Geneva; and as an ecumenical election observation coordinator in settings including Palestine, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He will speak on “New Horizons and New Tensions for Liberation Theology in the current Political Environment in Zimbabwe.”

Busingye Kabumba is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Uganda. He is interested in constitutional law, international law, and human rights, and his talk on the role of religion in the ongoing peace process in Northern Uganda will draw from these areas of inquiry.

Co-sponsored by the Religion, Conflict and Peace Student Discussion Group and the Harvard Chaplains.

Light refreshments will be served.

All are welcome.


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