Scientology hosted a multicultural event in Belgium for the International Day of Peace

Drums of Burundi beat the drums for peace in the Churches of Scientology for Europe with community leaders from 12 different communities.

Drums of Burundi beat the drums for peace in the Churches of Scientology for Europe with community leaders from 12 different communities.

Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures and daily life in all societies. This continues to be a driver of persistent inequalities.

— UN Secretary General António Guterres

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, October 12, 2022 / — At a time in history when the worst of humanity is manifested in wars, it is more than necessary to promote peace at all levels of society, such as the event that took place on September 24 in Brussels. Every year, the International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world on September 21. According to the United Nations General Assembly, “it is a day dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, through the observation of 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire”.

But achieving true peace involves much more than laying down arms. It requires building societies where all members feel they can thrive and prosper. It’s about creating a world where people are treated equally, regardless of race.

On Saturday September 24, community leaders in Belgium celebrated the International Day of Peace, with the participation of people from 12 different communities, from Belgium, Bolivia, Burundi, Chile, France, Iraq, Morocco, Netherlands, Syria, Sudan and others and took place in the premises of the Churches of Scientology for Europe in Brussels.

Myriam Zonnekeyn, the representative of Scientology in Belgium since the late 1990s, welcomed the guests and read them the following quote from UN Secretary General António Guterres, who said:

“Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures and daily life in all societies. It continues to be a factor of persistent inequality. And it continues to deprive people of their basic human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments and… the links between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.

Then intervenes Murielle Gemis, president of the Belgian NGO which educates with Youth for Human Rights and United for Human Rights materials and presented their actions of the past year, including educational seminars on human rights, helping communities in their humanitarian activities and an interfaith march for peace in cooperation with the association Peacufully Connected (chaired by Anne Valérie Nouind), and a group of UN soldiers for veterans of peace.

The association Peacefully connected presented its interreligious march for peace, organized in cooperation with the Liberation Committee of Mesch on the occasion of the commemoration of the liberation of the Netherlands and Belgium at the end of the Second World War. A spokesman for the NGO said: “The march started in Moelingen (Voeren) at the symbolic peace bench and arrived in Mesch 3 km further on the other side of the Belgian border”.

Among the participants, some leaders expressed their own message for peace, such as Mohamed Taha Hasan, President of the Euro-Arab Council for Multiculturalism, who told the crowd that “all peoples urgently need to establish world peace and to end the wars that destroy people and infrastructure, and waste mankind’s money and wealth.

Hamid El Aziz, president of a theatrical association in Verviers, continued with two poems transmitting a message of peace to the international community.

Simon Nyonkuru, President of the Canjo Amissi Foundation (which honors the work of the late musician, songwriter and singer, Canjo Amissi) introduced Amissi’s song “paradox”, one about the “paradox between war and peace, speaks for itself on this special day of peace.” Scientologist Zonnekeyn explained that this is very much in line with the words of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, who once said that “ideas, and not the battles, mark the progress of humanity”.

The celebration culminated with the breathtaking performance of the Tambours du Burundi who gave their best in beating the drums for peace.

Youth for Human Rights is an international association created in 2002 with the aim of raising young people’s awareness of human rights. Members of the Church of Scientology support this campaign internationally so that young people can grow up in a safe environment where people of different nationalities and faiths can live together in peace.

Each year, many different communities request the Human Rights Campaign educational materials which are available in over 20 different languages, including Arabic and Urdu.

The human rights campaign consists of an educational kit with an educator’s guide and booklets containing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in understandable language for young people and adults.

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