Non-Violence Day, Beirut, Lebanon
International Non-Violence Day - Beirut officially unveils a 150cm bronze Knotted Gun “Non-Violence" sculpture placed in the very heart of Beirut, Middle East.
One of the two Non-Violence statue unveiled waterfront in central Beirut in the presence of President of the Lebanon Republic and Mr Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhis grandson.
On the occasion of October 2nd, The International Day of Non‐Violence and the Lebanese National Day of Non-Violence, the universal sculpture "Non‐Ciolence”, by the Swedish artist CARL FREDRIK REUTERSWÄRD was unveiled, in the first Arab capital, Beirut.
The day is an official celebration under the patronage of the President of the Lebanon Republic with the presence of many personalities, including Mr. Arun Gandhi the grandson of the Mahatma.
The symbol of Non-Violence is a universal symbol for peace and non-violence without any religious, political or cultural boundaries. It is the symbol of the Swiss based foundation The Non-Violence Project who has since 1993 educated over 8 million young people, teachers and sport coaches globally in how to solve conflicts peacefully through their education programs Schools for Peace and Sports for Peace.
The 2nd of October was also the start off point for a fruitful collaboration with the Academic University for Non-Violence and Human Rights (AUNOHR). Through their pioneering work, the founders of the AUNOHR, Ms. Ogarit Younan and Mr. Walid Slaiby, succeeded in establishing a national day of non-violence in Lebanon, thus institutionalizing the culture of non-violence and human rights through the creation of this unique university in the world.
Two sculptures are established in the heart of Beirut, one in a cultural place in the garden of the National Library, and another at the seaside.
“Beirut is the first Arab city to inaugurate this statement for peace and non-violence. It is indeed impossible to imagine a more emblematic place, Beirut, that has been the scene of so much violence in recent decades. We look forward to sharing our experiences and everything we have with the AUNOHR, in order to continue our struggle together towards the only possible way, that of peace and non-violence. For Lebanon and for the rest of the world. “says Blaise Oberson, CEO, NVPF
The celebration and unveiling of the Non-Violence sculpture was broadcasted on national television in Lebanon.