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The Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation

“A Council which symbolically unites the human family and is at the service of peoples in conflict, that they should not be left alone in the folly of hatred and injustice, so that dignity and forgiveness can be striven for even in the heart of darkness, so that voices of sanity and of light may be heard when calls for punishment and revenge suffocate even the remotest desire for peace. So that historical wrongs, contemporary greed, spiritual derailment and the power to humiliate can be revealed and addressed in order to create space for reconciliation.”

Cornerstone of the Ara Pacis Initiative was its Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation, a universal body composed of Men and Women who had suffered personal and collective tragedies but had made forgiveness the starting point of a new existence to engage individuals and communities in paths of healing, justice and reconciliation.

The Council which, in 2010, initiated to Ara Pacis

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Professor of Law and Human Rights in Islam all`Emory University

Alberto Melloni

UNESCO Chair for Religious Pluralism and Peace; Director of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies

Alexandra Asseily 

Governor and founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies at Oxford; Board Member of the Guerrand-Hermès Peace Foundation

Ali Abu Awwad 

Al-Tariq-the Palestinian Institution for Development and Democracy and Parents Circle-Families Forum

Amy Hill

Founder of Silence Speaks

Anne Gallagher

Founder of Seeds of Hope

Asha Hagi Elmi

Member of Transitional Parliament of Somalia; Founder of Save Somali Women and Children; Chairperson of The Sixth Clan

Assaad Chaftari

Peacemaker, Lebanon

Bahram Rahman

Researcher on transitional justice, Afghanistan

Barakat Fawzi Hasan

General Director of Jerusalem Center for Studies and Islamic Media

Barry Hart

Professor of Trauma and Conflict Studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding of the East Mennonite University

Betty Oyella Bigombe 

Former Minister of the Ugandan Government; Head Negotiator between the LRA and the Government of Uganda

Carlo Strenger

Professor of Psychology at the University of Tel Aviv

Christian Iosso

Coordinator for Social Witness Policy of the Presbyterian Church, USA

Debra Hocking

Deputy Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation of Australia

Dishani Jayaweera

Co-Founder of the Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, Sri Lanka

Donald W. Shriver, Jr.

President Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary NYC

Donna Hicks

Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University

Edith Bruck

Author and poet

Eduardo Pizarro

President of the National Reconciliation and Reparations Commission of Colombia

Eileen Borris

Political Psychologist

Elias Khoury

Attorney and dialogue advocate, Jerusalem

Elizabeth Lira

Director of the Center for Ethics at the University Alberto Hurtado and member of the Superior Council of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

Enzo Bianchi 

Author; Founder and Prior of the monastic community of Bose

Eva Mozes Kor

Founder of Children of Auschwitz Nazi’s Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors

Fabiola Perdomo

Spokesperson of the Foundation for Life and Liberty of Colombia

Fausto Biloslavo

War correspondent

Francisco Galán Bermúdez

Former spokesperson of the National Liberation Army of Colombia; Director of the House of Peace-Medellin

Garrett Thomson

Board Member of Guerrand Hermès Foundation for Peace

George Emile Irani

Associate Professor of International Studies at the American University of Kuwait

Geraldine Smyth

President of the International Advisory Group of the International Conflict Research; Member of the Board of Healing Through Remembering in Northern Ireland

Ginn Fourie

Co-Founder and Director of the Lyndi Fourie Foundation

Harsh Mander

Director of the Center for Equity Studies-India

Hassan Hanafi Hassanien

Chair of the Philosophy Department of Cairo University

Hatidza Mehmedovic

Founder of the Mothers of Srebrenica association

Imam Muhammad Ashafa

Co-Director of the Interfaith Mediation Center of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Kaduna, Nigeria

Izzeldin Abuelaish

MD, MPH Gazan-Palestinian medical doctor and and Professor in Global Health at the University of Toronto-Canada

Jaime Malamud Goti

Former Solicitor General of the nation of Argentina; Professor of Law at the University of Palermo

Jamal Majam

Director General of International Cooperation, Ministry of Culture, Yemen

Jan Oberg

President of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research

Jean-Paul Samputu

Musician; Founder of the Samputu Forgiveness Campaign, Rwanda

Jesus Tecú Osorio

Social activist, human rights campaigner, and advocate for the Achi Maya, Guatemala

John Bangura

Founder of Hope Sierra Leone

John Baptist Onama

ex child soldier and Professor of European Project Management in the Department of History and Politics of the University of Padua

Joseph Montville

Board Chair of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution of the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Joyce Dubensky

Vice President of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Juan Guzmán

Former Santiago Appeals Court Judge in charge of investigation of the General Augusto Pinochet case

Karen Armstrong 

Author and academic; Founder of the Charter for Compassion

Katarina Kruhonja

Co-Founder and Director of the Centre for Peace, Non Violence and Human Rights of Croatia

Kerim Yildiz

Chief Executive of the Kurdish Human Rights Project

Khaled Abou El Fadl 

Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law

Latifah Anum Siregar

Chairperson of the Alliance for Democracy; General Secretary of the Papua Muslim Assembly, Indonesia

Le Ly Hayslip

President and Founder of the Global Village Foundation of Vietnam

Leonel Narváez

Imc Director of the Foundation for Reconciliation

Letlapa Mphahlele 

Co-Founder of the Lyndi Fourie Foundation; President of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), South Africa

Leymah Roberta Gbowee

Executive Director of the Women Peace and Security Network of Africa

Loreta N. Castro

Executive Director of the Center for Peace Education of the Philippines

Lukasz Szajna

Founder of the Oświęcim, Poland Mound of Remembrance and Reconciliation Foundation

Imam Aziz

Founder of Syarikat human rights organization of Indonesia

Makau Mutua

Dean of the School of Law at the University of Buffalo and President of the Task Force for the Establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kenya

Manuela Dviri Vitali Norsa

Author, Journalist and Peace Activist

Marek Halter

Author; co-Founder of SOS Racisme; Founder of the International Committee for a Negotiated Agreement in the Near East

Marina Cantacuzino

Founder and Director of The Forgiveness Project

Marta Benavides

Activist, theologian and educator, El Salvador

Michael Henderson

Journalist and author

Michael Lapsley

Anglican Priest; Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories-South Africa

Mohieddine Chehab

Peacemaker, Lebanon

Mónica Eliana Jiménez de la Jara

Former Minister of Education of the Republic of Chilet

Nassera Dutour

Spokesperson of the Collective of Families of the Disappeared in Algeria

Nilton Bonder

Spiritual leader of the Jewish Congregation of Brazil

Öztürk Türkdogan

President of the Human Rights Association of Turkey

Palwasha Kakar

Vice Minister for Administration and Finance, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Afghanistan

Pastor James Wuye

Co-Director of the Interfaith Mediation Center of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Kaduna, Nigeria

Pietro Kuciukian

President of the International Committee for the Righteous of Armenians and Co-Founder of The Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town; Senior Consultant at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation of Cape Town, South Africa

Qurrat-ul-Ain

Member of Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace, Kashmir

Rasha El-Fangry

Coordinator of the Collaborative for Peace of Sudan

Rev. Andrew Wesley

Survivor of Canada’s Residential School System; Coordinator at the Circle of Fire Native Cultural Center, Assistant Curate at the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto  

Reverend Canon Brian Cox

Vice President of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy

Rita Levi-Montalcini

Founder of  Rita Levi-Montalcini foundation

Robi Damelin

Spokesperson of Parents Circle/Family Forum

Ron Fremder

Founder of the We Do Care Association

Ron Kovic

Author of Born on the 4th of July; Veteran of the Vietnam War

Salomón Lerner Febres

Former President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Perù; Executive President of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Perù

Sami Rasouli

Director of Muslim Peacemaker Teams, Iraq

Scherto Gill

Executive Secretary of Guerrand Hermès Foundation for Peace

Shukrije Gashi

Director of the Partners-Kosova Center for Conflict Management

Sohail Hashmi

Associate Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College

Sushobha Barve 

Executive Secretary of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation of India

Svetlana Kijevcanin

Coordinator of the Princeton University Exchange Program in Serb ia for World Learning Study Abroad

Takamitsu Muraoka 

Professor of Hebrew at Leiden University

Thavory Huot 

Coordinator of the Peace Education Working Group for the Reduction of Arms, Cambodia

The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa

The Reverend Apollinaire MaluMalu Muholongu

President of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Valentina Cherevatenko

Chair-coordinator of the “Women of the Don Region” Union, Russia

Yaha Sergio Yahe Pallavicini

Vice President of the Italian Islamic Religious Community

Yoon-jae Chang

Peacemaker, South Korea

Zarina Salamat 

Peace activist, Pakistan; former Chairperson of the Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy

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