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Dialogue, Not Violence, Will Resolve Issues in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

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Last Updated (Thursday, 21 June 2012 12:49)

June 15, 2012

 

The Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY), the coordinating body of 27 national movements of the Young Men’s Christian Associations (YMCAs) in the Asia and Pacific region based in Hong Kong, expresses deep concern for the loss of life, for those who have been injured, for the damage to people’s property and for those homeless and displaced caused by the recent conflict between two communities of Rakhine State in Myanmar. We pray for those who have lost their lives and their families, and we share the pain of the people who are suffering.

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2nd APAY Youth Assembly, 2011, Penang, Malaysia - Breaking Barriers, Transforming Lives

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 October 2011 17:24)

We, the 212 youth leaders, volunteers, staff of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs coming from Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam gathered at the 2nd APAY Youth Assembly from the 3rd to 6th September 2011 in Penang, Malaysia to recognize the leadership potentials of the Youth in relation to the YMCA Mission of Christ-love commitment of service to communities. In acknowledging our roles as responsible global citizens and YMCA youth leaders, we identified issues of Peace and Reconciliation, Climate Change and Environment and Caring for the Persons-with-Disability as our commitment in breaking barriers towards transformation of lives.

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18th General Assembly, 2011, Penang, Malaysia - A Journey Towards Transformation

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:14)

PREAMBLE

“Do not dwell in the past.
Do not stay in the present.
Change with the trends.
Change with the time.”

These words of the Chinese sage Guan Zhong offer wisdom for the future work, ministry and witness of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) and its member movements as they conclude APAY’s 18th General Assembly in Penang, Malaysia, where the 305 delegates discussed the assembly theme of “Breaking Barriers, Transforming Lives” from September 6 to 10, 2011. This challenging theme impels the participants to not only identify the barriers in the diverse contexts of the region that deny people their human dignity but to begin a journey to transform these injustices into justice through living out the values of the participants’ Christian faith. Responding to these barriers of injustice requires transformation of both the individual delegates and the YMCA itself in order for it to effectively work toward transforming the larger community and society where the YMCA finds itself in the Asia and Pacific region.

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Colombo Declaration on Peace and Secuity

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Last Updated (Thursday, 04 February 2010 01:10)

Regional Roundtable on Peace and Security in Colombo, Sri Lanka from Feb 11-15, 2009.

Colombo Declaration on Peace and Security

Preamble

Peace and Security have become crucial issues in the lives of the people. Violence, conflicts, militant attacks, environmental degradation and human right violations occur almost every day. These conflicts have stood in the way of co-existence of communities, countries and eco-systems. Emerging realities in the socio-economic–religious spheres of our globalized society have also created many anxieties concerning human safety in our region. The quadrennial vision of the Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY), ‘Peace with Justice', has mandated us to respond to these issues by addressing their root causes. It is in this context that the APAY organized a Regional Roundtable on Peace and Security in Colombo , Sri Lanka from 11to15 February 2009.

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