Kathmandu (Agenzia Fides) - A courageous decision has been taken by the International Union of the Catholic Press UCIP, based in Geneva, to organise a Conference in Nepal, a country which even recently experienced serious social and political upheaval.
In November this year the UCIP will organise an international Conference on the theme Religion, conventions and minorities”, to examine with the help of experts from various parts of the world problems experienced by religious minorities, seen from the point of view of the media. The decision taken by the UCIP is all the more significant considering that in countries such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Buthan, religious minorities are often marginalised and subject to violence by fundamentalist majority groups.
Reflection will touch local, regional and international aspects. The Conference will also explore the socio-political situation in the hosting country Nepal, with the intention of helping to build more harmonious relations between the different cultural, ethnic and religious components of society.
The Conference is first of all for journalists and media operators and intends to promote contact, relations and exchange of experience among Catholic media operators from different countries.
In the background of the event, the ever relevant question of how religions can promote reconciliation, peace and harmony in societies and among peoples.
Among the speakers, Prof. Rabindra Khanal, docent in Political Science at the University of Tribuwan, Nepal; jorunalist Kanak Dixit, founder of the Himal publication, widely read in south east Asia; Jesuit Fr John Locke, who will speak on the subject of “The Media for Peace”. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 4/9/2007 righe 27 parole 279)