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On the 23rd of August, the three Patriarchs of Syria, Gregorius III Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch, Ignatius Aphrem II Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and John X Greek Orthodox Patriarch, released a common appeal asking the international community to stop the international sanctions on Syria.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syriain 2011, the impact of the economic and financial sanctions increased on the daily lives of Syrian citizens, a huge burden which deepened the suffering of the Syrian people. Sign the petition:

The sanctions represent another aspect of the crisis and result in more pressure on individuals, institutions, companies, and consequently on the entire people.

Absence of new investments, ban on international flights to Syria, as well as reduction of exportations, blacklisting of some Syrian companies are economical measures towards the isolation of Syria from the international community.

The closing of embassies and the withdrawal of their employees limit the diplomatic relations and the foreign interaction of Syria with other countries.

Moreover, the ban on international banking transactions with Syria puts the people in a financial difficulty, impoverishing the citizens and depriving them of their human dignity.

So, as the local currency loses its value, the basic goods prices increase impacting the whole everyday life.

The main goals of imposing these sanctions are political. But they touch the life of the entire Syrian people, especially the poor and working class who struggle to find food and medicines.

Despite the Syrian people faces resolutely this crisis, the social situation is getting worse and the poverty and suffering of the Syrian people don’t stop increasing. The international community must stop the sanctions, before an entire people can die.
Mike Donnely, Director of Global Outreach at Home-Schooling Legal Defence Association "HSLDA" ( presented the FEI report at GHEC 2016, the Global Homeschooling Education Conference ( held in Rio de Janeiro, on last 9th -12th March.

HSLDA supported the elaboration of the FEI.


The petition for the European Citizens Initiatives  has recently got the new website.

Fondazione Novae Terrae together with many other NGO's supports the petition for the European Citizens Initiatives “Mum, Dad & Kids” (   which asks for “an EU regulation that defines the meaning of marriage and family: marriage is a union between a man and a woman and family is based on marriage and/or descent”.
Vienna, on 14 and 15 April 2016 the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting dell'OSCE-ODIHR on Policies and strategies to further promote tolerance and non-discrimination took place.

Novae Terrae Foundation participated to the meetings in order to share its contribution promoting the religious freedom.

The Foundation submitted some joint recommentations together with “Giuseppe Dossetti” Observatory for Religious Tolerance and Freedom, Observatory On Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians, CitizenGO Foundation, Hatze Oir and Alliance Defending Freedom International. Here is the text:

Here you can also find the final list of participants:

In addition, Matchman News published this article (available only in Italian):
The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation has launched the global petition Stop Discriminating Down ( together with Novae Terrae Foundation and many other international partners.

The Stop Discriminating Down campaign aims to raise awareness of the threat of prenatal testing to those with Down syndrome . We also wish to ask the world community to reject prenatal screening programs that have as their purpose the elimination of people with Down syndrome.

Please visit to show your support!

On 22-23 October 2015, an international conference on the importance of marriage and natural family for social and economic development took place in Zagreb (Croatia), promoted by the Croatian association In the Name of the Family, in collaboration with several NGOs from Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Austria. The Novae Terrae Foundation actively participated in the the event introducing the Global Family Index, conducted with the Catholic University of Milan, (publication in February 2016), and through the important contribution of the CEO Luca Volontè during the Round Table “Strengths and Challenges Family is Facing in Contemporary Europe”.


The website
On August 2015 Novae Terrae Foundation launched a Petition throught, asking the Members of the UN Security Council and its Chairmanship:

•    to elaborate, promote and sustain the approval of clear and concrete measures, as well as the adoption of the Action Plan proposed by the Secretary-General in defence of human rights, religious freedom of minorities in the area where Da'esh terrorists have perpetrated massacres;
•    to promote the adoption of a legal framework including sanctions and referrals to the International Criminal Court;
•    to approve measures to stop financial support and the trade of weapons to  Da’esh-affiliated groups.

Visit our petition on

During the Budapest Demographic Forum (5-7 November 2015), organised by Hungary Ministry of Human Capacities and Family Friendly Country, participants discussed issues regarding demographic trends, the relative correlations between family policies, economic policies, employment policies and migration, as well as possible solutions.

Luca Volontè's speech at the Forum:

Budapest Demography Forum website

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