Published in Scandinavian newspapers ¨Bosanska Pošta¨
(Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
“Nonkilling Balkans” Symposium
Reject Hatred and Violence!
Centre for Global Nonkilling and its Balkan’s association, Nonkilling Balkans Forum, organize in Sarajevo, on 28th and 29th of August, the Symposium with the title – “Nonkilling Balkans Exploratory Forum”.
“The main objective of this international gathering of scientists and humanists, as Mr. Rifet Bahtijaragic, professor, writer and founder of Nonkilling Balkan’s Forum, explains is to promote civilizational changes in the centre of Balkan’s region towards the creation of a nonkilling world by initiating different activities related to development of ethics and culture of nonkilling in humane society.“
How can such process, actually, start-up in the Balkans?
„It has to be said that every human being can act as its own Nonkilling Centre and spread this humane philosophy within the environment and place of living. One of the good examples and good ways is the community of Bosanski Petrovac. These people have made decision these days to declare their community as the Nonkilling Community from now on and forever. The world’s Centre for Global Nonkilling assigned them the first Nonkilling Flag in the Balkans.
Nonkilling Balkans Forum will strive to turn the example of Bosanski Petrovac into the practice of Balkan’s region. We plan to initiate the study of the philosophy and political science of nonkilling in schools; we plan to organize competitions of students in the field of nonkilling as a science.
During preparations for Sarajevo Symposium, we have sent recommendations to give consideration to establish nonkilling departments within universities of philosophy and political sciences. We will support initiatives for the establishment of nonkilling centres in all Balkan’s social-political communities, not only to annotate and highlight our anti-violence and anti-military commitments, but to inaugurate permanent studying of scientific values of nonkilling philosophy and nonkilling political science in relation to relations among people under their present living conditions.
Nonkilling Balkans Forum’s slogan says that the only true patriotism is the love for all people in the world, because dissemination of hatred towards other nations causes the worst damage to the one who hates, Mr. Bahtijaragic highlights. He also recommends for all the people in the world to bind with the oath to equally respect every member of a humane community regardless their look, nationality, religion, gender or any other individual diversities.“
The Symposium ¨Nonkilling Balkans 2014¨ will gather appreciable scientist and humanists from different countries, and they will present to Balkan’s and worlds general public their experiences and results from their scientific researches with reference to the creation of nonkilling society. Among other, present will be Ph.D. Professor Shelley Hymel and Ph.D. Professor Sanja Garić-Komnenić from Canada, Ph.D. Professor. Ivana Milojević from Australia, Ph.D. Professor Eveline Gutzwiller-Helfenfinger from Switzerland, Ph.D. Tjaša Ribizel from Slovenia, Ph.D. Pradeep Dhakal from Nepal, Joam Evans Pim from Spain, Ingrida Grigaityte from Finland, Ph.D Sabina Alispahić, Mr.Sci Mirna Marković Pavlović Mr.Sci Amela Dautbegović from BiH, Rifet Bahtijaragić, Prof. and Writer.
„We are sure that “Nonkilling Balkans 2014” will echo in the Balkans and all over the world as an encouraging hope for people in that part of the world, motivating them to engage all human potentials in order to build the society consisted of new generations ready to reject hatred and killing and accept nonviolence and nonkilling as a philosophy of social living and human relations.
Human mind is a powerful tool and can make miracles, but we must not allow it to make us kill other people. We can have, as Rifet Bahtijaragic says, different names, we may appear in variety of forms, we can dress however we like, eat different food, enjoy the way we choose, socialize with whomever we feel like it and believe in whatever we find appropriate…, but we cannot kill other people; we have to take care of the life of each member of the human community.