Prof. Mirko D. Garasic, UNESCO Chair Research Scholar, published in Bioetica – Rivista Interdisciplinare

Prof. Mirko D. Garasic, UNESCO Chair Research Scholar, published in Bioetica – Rivista Interdisciplinare

 

Prof. Garasic engaged in a discussion on his book Guantanamo and Other Cases of Enforced Medical Treatment (Springer, 2015) http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319226521 has on the Italian Journal “Bioetica -Rivista Interdisciplinare (3;2017; year XXV) http://www.consultadibioetica.it/bioetica-rivista-interdisciplinare/ where exchanged views on the topic with international scholars Dr. Zohar Lederman (National University of Singapore), Prof. Mario Picozzi (University of Insubria) and Prof. Giovanni Scarafile (University of Salento).

 

 

Book Presentation: Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights

Book Presentation: Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights

By Michael Baggot –

UNESCO Chair Fellow Joseph Tham presented the book Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights at the Baptist University of Hong Kong on January 3.  The work is based upon texts presented and discussed at the same university in December 2013. The various contributions all analyzed Article 12 of UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights on respect for cultural diversity and pluralism, which states: “The importance of cultural diversity and pluralism should be given due regard. However, such considerations are not to be invoked to infringe upon human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms, nor upon the principles set out in this Declaration, nor to limit their scope.”

 

 

Tham offered a general overview of the process of discussion that gave rise to the book. He noted the unique dynamic of the Bioethics, Multiculturalism, and Religion workshops by which participants both present their research and receive substantial feedback from colleagues so that their final printed essay might benefit from the insights of others. He also discussed the different problems faced in the areas of human rights and cultural diversity discussed by various papers in the book. In particular, there tends to be a fundamental divide between those who take a thin or practical approach to the universality of the human rights and those who take a more thick or substantive approach. The former usually promote a minimalist ethic, secular reasoning, pragmatic agreements, rights language, and decry ideologies. The latter, on the other hand, normally promote a richer ethical discourse, address the importance of metaphysics and religious faith, admit religious particularity, and emphasize duties.

 

 

Prof. Kai Man Kwan, a co-editor of the book, spoke on human rights from a Christian perspective, tracing its roots and mentioning the importance of what the first-generation of human rights advocates promoted as basic rights. He then traced the historic developments that have led to unjustified attempt to multiply dubious rights. Prof. Ellen Zhang spoke about the difficulties faced in Buddhism regarding the rights language, since it is a tradition more interested in spiritual liberation than individualistic claims. Prof. Jonathan Chan, another author of the book who was present, spoke about Confucianism its great difficulties accepting human rights. A lively question and answer session confirmed the relevance of the book’s subject and the need for ongoing dialogue and debate.

 

 

Dialogue and Debate. Refugees: Threat or Opportunity?

Dialogue and Debate. Refugees: Threat or Opportunity?

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights presents a Public Forum Debate on “Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees” as part of the European Citizens for Solidarity (EUROSOL) project co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union. The Forum will be divided in three sessions with three themes related to refugee crisis from a bioethical and human rights perspective. Gathering experts, refugees, migrants, policymakers and other stakeholders from different backgrounds, the aim of the forum is to promote intercultural dialogue and find some creative solutions and proposals through information, knowledge and expertise sharing, discussions and cooperation in best solidary practices dealing with the current challenging crisis that refugees endure.

Press Release – Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees

Press Release – Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees

Press Release

Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees

A debate to improve clarity and promote social inclusion

 

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, Rome, in collaboration with the Scalabrini international Migration Institute (SIMI) and other institutions, has organized a day dedicated to a debate on “Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees” within the project “Europe Citizens for Solidarity”- Eurosol, financed under the Europe For Citizens Programme of the European Commission, in Rome November 27. The public forum will be held at Aula Master dell’Università Europea di Roma e dell’Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.

 

The forum will be divided into three sessions; each session will discuss a subject linked to the refugees’ situation from a bioethical and human rights perspective. The first session will be dedicated to Refugees: Threat or Opportunity? Context, Causes and Perspectives. The Refugees’ Situation: The Voice of the Protagonists, with the intervention of Fr. Aldo Skoda, Director of SIMI, followed by Rights and Duties of the Refugee from a Bioethics Perspective, and concluding with Refugee’s Integration from an Intercultural and Religious Perspective.

 

The forum’s objective is to promote intercultural dialogue and to find creative solutions and proposals by sharing knowledge and competency. Experts, refugees, migrants, politicians interested in the current challenge will be the protagonists of this debate. Among the authorities present will be the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human rights Director, Dr. Alberto Garcia, SIMI’s Director, Fr. Aldo Skoda, Giorgio de Acutis of the Italian Red Cross – Comitato Area Metropolitana di Roma Capitale (Area sociale), and Dr. Veronica Roldan expert in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research.

Moreover, international organization, such as Fundación Altius Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain Dirección General de Servicios Sociales de Integración Social, Madrid, Spain BIDA e V. Kultur und Bildung, Suhl, Germany Erevnitiko Idrima P.L. Nicosia, Cyprus, European Information Centre, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, Stowarzyszenie B-4, Rzeszòw, Poland, Viesoji istaiga Vilniaus Verslo Kolegija, Vilnius, Lithuania, Diagrama Foundation Psychosocial Intervention, Dunstable, United Kingdom will take part in the forum.

For details visit:
www.unescobiochair.org

For further information and to sign-up send an email to:
info@unescobiochair.org

 

Ateneo Regina Apostolorum – Ufficio Stampa

Michela Coluzzi – mcoluzzi@upra.org

Università Europea di Roma – Ufficio Stampa

Carlo Climati – carlo.climati@unier.it

Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190 – 00163, Roma

06665431

 

Missionari Scalabriniani  – Ufficio Stampa

Via Dandolo, 58 – 00153, Roma

beltramigabriele@scalabrini.net

+39.3280948221

 

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09:40 Welcome and Registration

09:50 Official photo: authorities and special guests

10:00 Event Opening

10:05 Dr. Alberto García, UNESCO Chair Director’s speech

10:15 Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum Representative’s Speech, Fr. José Oyarzún, L.C.

10:25 Fundación Altius Francisco de Vitoria Director’s Speech Clara Ubeda

10:35 First Conference “THE REFUGEES’ CONDITION: CONTEXT, CAUSES AND PRESPECTIVES,” P. Aldo Skoda, CS

10:55 Debate among students and final evaluation by the speaker

11:35 Official photo # 1 – Coffee break

11:45 Second Conference “REFUGEES’ SITUATION: THE VOICE OF THE PROTAGONISTS” Italian Red Cross, Dr. Giorgio de Acutis

12:45 Conference ending and official photo # 2 – Recognition # 2

12:55 Third Conference “RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE REFUGEE FROM A BIOETHICS PRESPECTIVE,” Dr. Alberto García.

13:15 Debate among students and final evaluation by the speaker.

13:55 Official photo # 3 – Recognition # 3

14:05 Lunch “Migrants’ Specialties”

14:55 Explanation of the photograph panel “The Refugees’ Travel”

15:05 Explanation of the Fasasi’s exhibition and Migrants’ Empanadas

15:25 Fourth Conference – “REFUGEE’S INTEGRATION FROM AN INTERCULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS PRESPECTIVE,” Dr. Verónica Roldan.

15:50 Debate among students and final evaluation by the speaker

16:30 Official photo # 4 – Recognition # 4 / Coffee break

16:35 Cultural Event

17:15 Distribution of the certificates to students

17:20 Closing Event