Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Invitation: People's Tribunal on Myanmar (September 18-22, 2017)

We would like to announce that BMF along with International Movement for a Just World (JUST)  and Center for Human Rights Advocacy and Research (CENTHRA) are organizing committee for the People's Tribunal on the Rohingyas, Kachin and other Ethnic Minorities.
London, March 2017

The Rome-based Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) will hold the Concluding Session of its proceedings on the Rohingyas, the Kachins and other groups in Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur from the 18th to the 22nd of September 2017.
London, March 2017
The Inaugural Session was held at the International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London on the 6th and 7th of March 2017. The Tribunal urged the UN and ASEAN to take swift and effective measures to stop international state crimes against the Rohingyas and Kachins, specifically. Though neither the UN nor ASEAN has responded effectively, the importance of addressing the issues confronting the two communities remains as urgent as ever.
More information is available at

We support and  believe that this event is necessary to highlight the situation and for us to understand the what's happening on the ground in Myanmar. With a lack of direct and formal access to document the situation, this is probably the best opportunity to appreciate the real situation for us to map out action plans.
We would like to invite you to come to Kuala Lumpur during that period to witness the proceedings. The details of the meeting are as follows:
Date: September 18-22, 2017,        VENUE: University of Malaya (UM) (Map)
If you do intend to come, please arrive on or before the 17th September, 2017 and depart on the 23rd September 2017.  
Full schedule will be available shortly. 

Please click here to confirm your attendance
Please EMAIL If you require information on the logistics, accommodation and travel information, please email the same address.

Monday, October 10, 2016

BMF Membership: Invitation to join us

Dear Friends,

We happy to announce that membership has opened for the International Forum of Buddhist Muslim Relationship (BMF) and we invite you join us and support initiatives in collaboration, peace building and strategic networking.

We look forward joining of ideas and collaborative effort to build platforms for positive interfaith engagement especially among Buddhists and Muslims communities.

Please click here for information on membership

For membership form, please click here.

If you are new to BMF, you might like to download our Jogyakarta Statement 

For more information, please contact:

Interim Secretariat: 
International  Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relationsc/o International Movement for a Just World
JKR, 1258, Jalan Telok Off Jalan Gasing,  
P.O. Box 288. Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Vidyananda (KV Soon)

Hassanal Noor Rashid

Monday, September 26, 2016

BMF in "World Beyond War Forum"

BMF's Interim Secretary, Vidyananda (KV Soon) share his views and ideas and supported a recently forum in seminar entitled "World Beyond War: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and its Implications on Security in the ASEAN Region".  He stressed the need for spiritual communities to play a role in bringing peace and to develop new ideas for greater inclusive and positive engagement amongst the different communities, especially the communities experiencing conflicts in Myanmar and in the ASEAN Region. 

Here is a report of the Forum, reproduced from The International Movement for a Just World :

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) successfully organized an important seminar on, "World Beyond War: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and its Implications on Security in the ASEAN Region. Held on the 24th of September 2016 at the Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM), the event was a part of the larger weekend-wide conference opposing global war and militarism taking place in Washington, DC. That "World Beyond War" conference included leading public intellectuals, activists, and community leaders from the US and throughout the world addressing the array of crises being produced by the political decisions of the powerful. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Buddhist-Muslim Forum urge ASEAN Ministers to have Inter-Faith Dialogue to defeat Religious Extremism

PRESS RELEASE – 30 Sept 2015

Buddhist-Muslim Forum urge ASEAN Ministers to have Inter-Faith Dialogue to defeat Religious Extremism

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 September ; THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON BUDDHIST-MUSLIM RELATIONS (BMF) is making a clarion call to Asean Ministers to take proactive measures to stop, prevent and avoid extremism and radicalism in the name of religion.

Several recent conflicts have flared up in the region, most notably affecting the Rohingiyas and other ethnic minority communities in Myanmar, as well as the inter-ethnic friction in southern Thailand.

Some of these conflicts have spilled over into other ASEAN countries including Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Forum urges the ASEAN Ministers to strengthen Inter Faith relations and not allow the use of religion to cause dissent among the communities in Asean.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

YOGYAKARTA STATEMENT - Shared Values and Commitments

Overcoming Extremism and Advancing Peace with Justice

High-Level Buddhist-Muslim Summit

March 3-4, 2015 
Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple
Indonesia ​

hosted by 
Indonesian Buddhist Association (WALUBI) &
Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI)

organized by 
 International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations (BMF) 
(Core Group: International Network of Engaged Buddhists, 
International Movement for a Just World, Muhammadiyah & Religions for Peace)

FINAL STATEMENT: Shared Values and Commitments   

We, Buddhist and Muslim leaders, recognize that our followers have developed together a harmonious relationship, which has become the foundation for building peace and prosperity in many parts of the world. Buddhism and Islam share in their respective scriptures and other canonical texts the importance of holistic and positive peace, which encompasses the notions of inner peace, peace among humans, and peace with nature.