Bonnie Evans-HillsUK Coalition for Preventing Genocide
Bonnie Evans-Hills received her MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College, University of London and has considerable experience in Muslim-Christian dialogue, focusing in particular on dialogue with Shi’a Islam following a period of three years study in Qum, Iran. She also took part in a theological exchange at al-Azhar University in Cairo for the Anglican Communion’s al-Azhar Dialogue. Bonnie is Interfaith Adviser in the Diocese of St Albans, parish priest, and serves on the national Presence & Engagement task group mandated by General Synod to resource multi-faith parishes. Alongside her friend and colleague, Michael Rusk, Bonnie has written the book ‘Engaging Islam: a Christian perspective’ for Peter Lang Publishing. Bonnie is also the Coordinator for the UK Coalition for the UN’s Prevention of Genocide Plan of Action for Religious Leaders.
Brexit, Hate Crimes and Genocide
Bonnie will be presenting on her work with the UK Coalition for the UN’s Prevention of Genocide Plan of Action for Religious Leaders. There were 5 regional consultations held across the globe starting in 2015 in Treviso, Italy where religious leaders and faith-based organisations were asked to identify what they considered to be flashpoints for genocide in their regions. All of these contributed to the Plan of Action, launched in the UN in New York in 2017. That is now on-going work. The UK Coalition formed in Italy, and following the post-Brexit referendum spike in hate crime, were asked to hold the first of what was only 4 national consultations globally. This was held in Luton in November 2016, a report submitted to government by the UN, and also contributed to the Plan. Now the UK Coalition are are looking to move forward as a charity in the UK in order to be able to carry through the work more effectively.