Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project


The vision of the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation is that the activity of forgiving is vital if healing and reconciliation is to take place, as part of our collective efforts to seek restorative justice and sustainable peace.


Fostering and practicing forgiveness has the power to transform deep-seated responses to memories and legacies of injustice, conflict and war. It can liberate people from being imprisoned in their pasts and long ingrained mental and emotional conditions created by such legacies. Faith and spiritual traditions have long guided us and inspired us to awaken the best of our human potential, to practice love, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation, and to reshape our destinies.



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  Statement of Vision and Purpose for the Charter







International Symposium on Forgiveness and Reconciliation


2 April 2014, Nishkam Centre, Birmingham, UK





Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project:



Co-convenor:      Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia                          Co-convenor:   Dr William F. Vendley



Director:  Dr Josef Boehle






For Further Information:



Please visit the new web site of the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation:






Quotations from the UN System on Forgiveness and Reconciliation:


“The UNAOC is a unique entity within the UN network, as it is the only initiative serving as means to promote understanding, reconciliation and forgiveness. We have taken the time to understand the dynamics and social processes that drive interfaith dialogue and encourage peaceful coexistence. We recognize that we must give every group—no matter its practiced faith of choice—an equal chance, an equal voice in decision-making. We can empower them.”


Remarks By H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser United Nations High Representative For the Alliance of Civilizations

At “World Interfaith Harmony: Vital for Peace and Development” Event, 12 February 2014.






“I am pleased that many of you have shown a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has core values

in common with great world religions.  Your work to mobilize communities to support suffering people contributes to our shared development goals.  And the power of religions to promote reconciliation through forgiveness can significantly advance our work to address the root causes of conflicts and achieve lasting peace.”


Message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Religions for Peace World Assembly, 20 November 2013.