In order to stop history repeating itself, we need to learn from the past, and specifically from past thought leaders. Faced with a world that is increasingly becoming divided and witnessing the rise of intolerance and extremism that endangers social cohesion, IOPHR has decided to organise an event on the anniversary of the International Human Rights Day, which focuses on the teachings of past thought leaders such as Mahatma Ghandi, Dr Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa and Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh, who’s mission and aim in life were to unite people. We hope to be contributing in helping their legacy live long into the future, whilst also hoping that we can learn from their guidance, teachings and actions in order to create more cohesion and a more tolerant society.
This webinar represents an opportunity for all those wishing to discuss and learn from beacons of the past, from speakers who have studied the lives of these important thought leaders.
Talking about Mahatma Gandhi – Dr. Nitish Raut is a Consultant Doctor and has worked in the NHS for over 15 years. At the same time he is a Conservative Councillor of Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, where he is actively involved with various community groups and successfully manages and helps the implementation of projects to develop the town. Nitish is also Director of Indians4WM and was involved in the installation of the Blue Plaque on the event of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary event in Birmingham 2019, and organised an interactive international event on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st Birth Anniversary this year.
Talking about Mother Teresa – Rev Sarah Tinker has worked for the last 15 years as resident minister with Kensington Unitarians and has greatly enjoyed working with this congregation and with the many groups that use the church facilities. She’ll soon be stepping back from that role and looks forward to having more time out in nature and for new projects to emerge.
Talking about Dr Martin Luther King Jr – Denise Pitter trained at the ‘Birmingham School of Speech and Drama’ and has remained a working Actor ever since. Her Repertoire includes Plays, Children’s Theatre, T.I.E, 12 Pantomimes, UK and European tours of various Musicals including the West End and singing in Bands. Her two most recent projects were a play exploring Homelessness and conducting Drama workshops in Prison.
Talking about Dr Noor Ali Tabandeh – Dr. Afshin Sajedi, was born in Tehran and moved to Belgium with his family in 2001. He had graduated prior in Iran in the field of Diplomatic and Political Relations and graduated with a second degree in Belgium on European Politics and Policies. He is the European Representative and Legal Advisor at the International Organisation to Preserve Human Rights (IOPHR). As part of IOPHR’s focus on Religious Freedom, Afshin has worked tirelessly to highlight the widespread oppression of the Gonabadi Sufis in Iran, in addition to all other religious minorities.
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