Religion News Service: In-depth. Impartial. Engaged.

Press Releases

Peace activists receive the Golden Rule Peace Medal of 2008

8 May

For Immediate Release



The Interfaith Peace-building Initiative of Ethiopia (IPI) gave its 2008 Golden Rule Peace Medal Award to the Awra Amba Community of Ethiopia, Sheikh Saleh H. Habimana of Rwanda, and David Keating of Canada and appointed them as Goodwill Ambassadors of the Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule Peace Medal was presented to the Awra Amba Community in recognition of their outstanding contribution to promoting a culture of peace, gender equity, respect for all life, and for being a living example in practicing the Golden Rule in their daily lives.

The second recipient of the award was Sheikh Saleh H. Habimana, the Mufti of Rwanda. Sheikh Habimana was actively involved in the process of reconciliation in Rwanda following the 1994 genocide. He received the award for his tireless work in promoting interfaith harmony and reconciliation in Rwanda.

This year's award also goes to Mr. David Keating of Canada who has been engaged in actively promoting the Golden Rule for many years. He is the founder and facilitator of the Golden Rule Google discussion group and the Golden Rule Radical Web site. The Interfaith Peace building Initiative acknowledged David's important contribution to the emerging international Golden Rule movement in the realm of networking and information sharing.

All three recipients were also appointed Goodwill Ambassadors of the Golden Rule and will promote the message of the Golden Rule nationally, regionally and internationally.

After announcing the recipients of the award, Mussie Hailu, the Board Chairperson of IPI and Coordinator of the Golden Rule Goodwill Ambassador Program said "Every year, the Interfaith Peace-building Initiative gives this award to individuals or communities who made outstanding contributions in promoting the message of the Golden Rule through their actions. The inaugural recipient of the Golden Rule Award and Goodwill Ambassador of 2007 was world-renowned athlete Haile Gebreselassie of Ethiopia.

For thousands of years, the Golden Rule message of "treat others the way you want to be treated" has been affirmed in many religions, traditions, indigenous cultures and secular philosophies as a fundamental principle of life and the foundation upon which a global ethic is found. Its message is simple, universal and powerful. It is the most prevalent and universal moral principle in human history and is the best tool to educate people about respect and mutual esteem in order achieve peaceful coexistence and solidarity. Among many different ethnic groups, cultures and religions, the Golden Rule is a key to world peace and to the development of right human relationships between people and nations and between humanity and the Earth. It's for this reason IPI proclaimed April 5 "Golden Rule Day" and called upon the United Nations to join them in also proclaiming the day. IPI is actively working to promote the Golden Rule throughout the world and calls upon all citizens of the world to practice the Golden Rule in all their daily affairs and in their attitudes and actions toward those of other nations, ethnic groups, religions, social backgrounds and towards Mother Earth."

The Interfaith Peace-building Initiative is a member of the United Religions Initiative whose purpose is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings. IPI also wishes to acknowledge the great contribution of Paul McKenna and Scarboro Missions for designing and widely distributing the poster of the Golden Rule. For further information on obtaining the Golden Rule Poster, visit For more information about United Religions Initiative, visit

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Africa Contact:
Mussie Hailu
P.O. Box 11274, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Phone +251 11 662 7238 Fax +251 11 663 2150

US Contact:
Barbara Hartford
P.O. Box 29242, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Phone +1 415 561 2300 Fax +1 415 561 2313


The organizations and/or individuals who submit materials for distribution by Religion News Service are solely responsible for the facts in and accuracy of their materials. Religion News Service will correct any errors brought to its attention.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

You also can sign in with Facebook or Twitter if you've connected your account to them.

Sign In Using Facebook

Sign In Using Twitter