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5 october 2020

— The World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy Online Conference is scheduled for October 24-25. Speakers will include WFM/IGP’s Keith Best, Fernando Iglesias, Anji Manivannan, and Bente Nielsen; representatives of Democracia GlobalDemocracy Without BordersDemocratic World FederalistsOne World Trust, and Young World Federalists; Columbia University’s Saskia Sassen; and Harvard University’s Steven Pinker, among others. Those interested must register by contacting Matteo Tonella at the WFM Secretariat (tonella@wfm-igp.org) by October 19.

— Democracy Without Borders writes, “The need for a more democratic United Nations was highlighted at the 2020 Athens Democracy Forum which was held from 30 September to 2 October in the Greek capital. The annual event was organized by the Democracy & Culture Foundation in association with The New York Times and under the Patronage of Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the Hellenic Republic.” A 42-minute panel discussion featuring DWB’s Andreas Bummel, former UN Undersecretary General for Global Communications Alison Smale, and Elhadj As Sy of Kofi Annan Foundation can be viewed online.

— Human Rights Watch announced on Friday that the Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a legal challenge to an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump “that threatens to undermine the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeks to protect victims’ access to justice, Human Rights Watch said today.” The Open Society Justice Initiative, “together with four law professors, filed a complaint before a US federal court alleging violations of plaintiffs’ rights under the US constitution, including to freedom of speech.” HRW International Justice Director Richard Dicker said, “The Trump Administration’s perverse use of sanctions in a bid to frustrate the work of the ICC is an egregious affront to victims of the world’s worst crimes. We look forward to a swift ruling by the court to provide much-needed clarity as to the legality of the executive order.”

— René Wadlow of the Association of World Citizens looks at nonviolent struggles against dictatorship and oppression in Belarus, Hong Kong, Libya, and Thailand, writing that “strategic nonviolence has become increasingly used in societies which do not have a nonviolent religious culture. Its techniques of analysis and proposals for action may be increasingly used and thus merit close attention from peace builders.”

— The United Nations Association of the United States of America profiles its Greater Philadelphia chapter, staying on its website that on the International Day of Peace last month, the chapter “hosted an event to premier the music video for ‘Calma,’ a song that encapsulates what it means to find inner peace and how to transform those feelings onto a global scale.” The video is below.

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