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Empowerment of Dialogue Discourse among the Citizens of a Community leads to Social Understanding & Peace / Peace would not be achieved unless Respecting to the Other’s Choices.

In the commemoration of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, 18th July 2019, the IISA with collaboration of the United Nation Center in Tehran hold a session entitled: “Reading Enduring Experiences in the Peace and Dialogue Discourse”, in the House of Thinkers in the Humanities.

At the beginning of the meeting, the message of Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, was read by Mr. Mohammad Rajaee Moghaddam, the Director of the United Nations Information Office in Tehran.

 

 

In the Following, Dr. Ziauddin Sabouri, President of the IISA, and Dr. Anahita Motazed Rad, Vice President of the IISA, delivered speech. In his remarks, Dr. Sabouri described cultural disability as the main root of generating violence, extremism, and cultural growth as a means of social peace and understanding. He stated that cultural ignorance and incompetence lead to unfortunate social consequences, including extremism, which generally occurs for the lack of common language, Dialogue & communication with others.

 

 

He also cited individual conscience, legal frameworks, the establishment of civil society and international organizations as ways of securing and building peace in societies, and said that inter-religious power and dialogue are the most important pillars of peaceful communication between nations and human communities. The head of the Iranian International Studies Association, refered to the history of dialogue as the main art of Greeks and Socratic discourses, considered dialectics, according to Plato, God's gift to men.

Peace would not be achieved unless Respecting to the Other’s Choices

In the following , Dr. Anahita Motazed Rad, professor at Islamic Azad University, stated that Mandela, as the first South African president, had a significant impact on politics and policy making, not just in Africa but in the world, 18th July and his remembrance as someone who distanced himself from vindictive attitudes and infusing non-violent thinking into anti-apartheid political discourse brought to mind concepts such as "forgiveness", "freedom", "peace", "justice" and "reconciliation" Was national, cherished. 

 

The vice president of the IISA also added: "One of the main characteristics of Mandela was his art of conflict resolution, part of which was rooted in the spiritual & philosophical teachings of the Tembo community. She further described it was Mandela's "bravery" that led the South African society towards peace and equity through negotiating with the apartheid system.

“Mandela believed that without justice there would be no peace, and there would be no justice without peace”, Anahita Motazed stated. At the end, she believed that peace would not be achieved unless freedom would establish & freedom does not mean just liberating, but freedom is respecting the choices of others. She emphasized: "On this basis, Mandela has succeeded to promoting the idea of ​​empathy and the sharing of human interests beyond ethnic & cultural differences."  

 

 At the end of the meeting, speakers and participants discussed over the issues raised.

 

 

Published Date: 1398/05/29 - 18:12
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