Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project


The vision behind the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation is that forgiving is an activity necessary for healing and reconciliation to take place, when seeking justice and sustainable peace. The practice of forgiving can transform legacies and memories of injustice, conflicts and wars. It can liberate people from being imprisoned in their past and themselves, and allow the grace of the Divine to restore peace and harmony amongst individuals and communities.


The Charter will draw attention to the activity of ‘forgiveness’ which has its roots in the quality of compassion, which is the foundation for all Dharams, Religions or Faiths. It will serve as inspiration for healing and reconciliation in a fractured world. Forgiveness and reconciliation are part of our journey to peace, together with learning from our shared history and seeking restorative justice. The process of forgiveness and reconciliation can only be engaged in freely and voluntarily by individuals and communities.



Draft Statement of Vision and Purpose for the Charter







International Symposium on Forgiveness and Reconciliation


2 April 2014, Nishkam Centre, Birmingham, UK





More information on the project (PDF Brochure):          Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project




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



Project Director:  Dr Josef Boehle






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Further Information:


Nishkam Centre Programmes:


Fetzer Institute Resources on Love and Forgiveness


Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace:





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.