Ráðstefna um umskurð drengja í Norræna húsinu

Birt 17.04.18 í Fréttir og tilkynningar

Ráðstefna um umskurð drengja í Norræna húsinu

Conference on the circumcision of boys – Inter Faith Forum of Iceland

Erindi og umræður

(English below)

Ráðstefna samráðsvettvangs trúfélaga og lífsskoðunarfélaga um umskurð drengja í Norræna húsinu þriðjudaginn 17. apríl frá kl. 13:00 til 17:00. Frummælendur eru bæði heimamenn og einnig erlendis frá og fer ráðstefnan fram á ensku. Vakin er sérstök athygli á því að á ráðstefnunni verða fulltrúar frá samtökum gyðinga og múslima.

Markmiðið með samráðsvettvanginum er að stuðla að jákvæðum samskiptum, skilningi, umburðarlyndi og virðingu milli trúfélaga, lífsskoðunarfélaga og fólks með mismunandi trúarviðhorf hér á landi og standa vörð um trúfrelsi og önnur mannréttindi. Aðildarfélög samráðsvettvangsins eru alls 17.

Frumvarp til laga á Alþingi um bann við umskurði drengja hefur vakið mikla athygli hér á landi og víða um heim. Samráðsvettvangur trúfélaga og lífsskoðunarfélaga tekur enga afstöðu með eða á móti frumvarpinu, þar sem skiptar skoðanir eru innan hans, en vill aftur á móti gefa þeim trúfélögum, sem frumvarpið snertir mest, tækifæri bæði til að hlusta á röksemdir þeirra, sem standa að frumvarpinu eða styðja það og einnig til að tjá sig opinberlega um sína eigin skoðun og rökstyðja hana. Hér er átt við það að grundvallaratriði til að skapa sanngjarna umræðu í þjóðfélaginu og tryggja að umfjöllunin beri merki um siðgæði og lýðræði, er að opinber skoðanaskipti fari fram hjá þeim aðilum sem hlut eiga að máli.

 

Ráðstefnan er öllum opin og verður boðið upp á léttar veitingar í hléum.

Margrét Steinarsdóttir framkvæmdastjóri Mannréttindaskrifstofu Íslands stjórnar ráðstefnuna.

Talsmenn:

  • Dr. Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson MD, Member of the Parliament of Iceland, Co-Sponsor of the bill on bann of circumcision
  • Salvör Nordal, Children’s Ombudsman of Iceland
  • Rabbi Moche Lewin, Vice-President of the European Conference of Rabbis (on behalf of Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui from the World Jewish Congress)
  • Mr. Yaron Nadbornik, President of the Council of Jewish Congregations in Finland, representing the Nordic Jewish Communities’ Council of Presidents
  • Rabbi Ute Steyer, representing the Jewish Community of Sweden
  • Mr. Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • Adam Anbari, representing the Islamic Foundation of Iceland
  • Imam Ahmad Seddeeq, representing the Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland
  • Chief Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, representing the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
  • Mr. Atik Ali, President of the Islam Congregation of Finland, representing Finland’s Muslim Network
  • Dr. Baldur Tumi Baldursson, Chief Medical Doctor in skin and venereal desease at the National Hospital, Reykjavík
  • Ty B. Ericksson, MD FACOG FPMRS Obstetrician/Gynecologist Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon. USA
  • Prof. Dr. Bernard Lobel, Urologist, former Chief Doctor at the hospital of Rennes
  • Fr. Heikki Huttunen, General Secretary of CEC (Conference of European Churches)
  • Dr. Elizabeta Kitanovic, Human Rights Executive Secretary of CEC
  • Mgr. Duarte da Cunha, General Secretary of CCEE (Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe)

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Conference on the circumcision of boys – Inter Faith Forum of Iceland

The Inter Faith Forum of Iceland, an informal group of 17 religious organizations registered in Iceland for the promotion of inter religious dialogue, organizes a conference to be held at the Nordic House on Tuesday April 17th from 13:00 to 17:00. The topic of discussion is the circumcision of boys. Prominent speakers from Iceland and abroad representing the local political arena and the Jewish and Muslim local and worldwide communities will participate. There will be representatives from other religions and members of the medical profession.

The circumcision of boys has become a highly contested issue after 7 members of the Icelandic Parliament recently presented a bill criminalizing the circumcision of boys with the penalty of up to six years imprisonment.

The conference aims to give to the interested parties involved an opportunity to listen to each other and express publically their opinion and concerns with due regard to human rights and freedom of religion.

The conference will be held in English and is open to everyone.

 

 

Moderator of the conference: Margrét Steinarsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre

List of speakers:

  • Dr. Ólafur Þór Gunnarsson MD, Member of the Parliament of Iceland, Co-Sponsor of the bill on bann of circumcision
  • Salvör Nordal, Children’s Ombudsman of Iceland
  • Rabbi Moche Lewin, Vice-President of the European Conference of Rabbis (on behalf of Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui from the World Jewish Congress)
  • Mr. Yaron Nadbornik, President of the Council of Jewish Congregations in Finland, representing the Nordic Jewish Communities’ Council of Presidents
  • Rabbi Ute Steyer, representing the Jewish Community of Sweden
  • Mr. Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • Adam Anbari, representing the Islamic Foundation of Iceland
  • Imam Ahmad Seddeeq, representing the Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland
  • Chief Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, representing the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
  • Mr. Atik Ali, President of the Islam Congregation of Finland, representing Finland’s Muslim Network
  • Dr. Baldur Tumi Baldursson, Chief Medical Doctor in skin and venereal desease at the National Hospital, Reykjavík
  • Ty B. Ericksson, MD FACOG FPMRS Obstetrician/Gynecologist Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon. USA
  • Prof. Dr. Bernard Lobel, Urologist, former Chief Doctor at the hospital of Rennes
  • Fr. Heikki Huttunen, General Secretary of CEC (Conference of European Churches)
  • Dr. Elizabeta Kitanovic, Human Rights Executive Secretary of CEC
  • Mgr. Duarte da Cunha, General Secretary of CCEE (Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe)