Friday, 30 May 2014

The Media Watch Blog and Events Calendar has been archived

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Due to shifting patterns of internet use by our readers, Peacemakers Trust has decided to archive this Media Watch Blog and the Events Calendar. For current news reports, we invite people to follow our  Facebook page or our Twitter page. Please feel free to suggest news items by posting or messaging us through our Facebook page or tweeting us at @peacemakers_ca.

 

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Truth and Reconciliation: What’s Next?

Filed under: Indigenous Peoples,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 07:20 PDT

Listen (podcast)


Earlier this month Michael spoke to Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, about the impact of residential schools on 150,000 Aboriginal children. He spent five years spent listening to the testimony of survivors from all over Canada after which he said, “Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts”

The Canadian government formally apologized to survivors in 2008. The Commission was established after the government settled the largest class-action suit in Canadian history. But, according to some First Nations intellectuals and activists, it is all too little too late, and hardly a serious gesture of reconciliation.

Taiaiake Alfred, the founding Director of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, does not mince words – the issue is not reconciliation but rather “how to use restitution as the first step toward creating justice and a moral society.”

The writer, Lee Maracle, is equally blunt. She says that post-apology, Aboriginal people were expected to forgive the government and blend in with the rest of Canada. Ms. Maracle is one of Canada’s most prolific First Nations’ writers. Her novels include Ravensong, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and Daughters Are Forever.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

In Conversation with Sally Armstrong

Filed under: Africa files,children and youth,gender,Human Rights,Media and Conflict,South Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:55 PDT

Canadian journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong often says that in her 25 years of reporting on women and girls in zones of conflict, she hasn’t had a good-news story to tell.

Indeed, the gender-based discrimination and violence she regularly reports on is horrifying. Girls being denied the right to go to school. Girls and women suffering acid attacks. Girls and women having their genitals mutilated. Girls and women being systematically raped as a weapon of war. Girls and women being murdered in so-called honour killings. Girls and women disappearing.

But Armstrong is telling more good-news stories these days. She says there’s reason to be optimistic: Girls and women all over the world are rallying. Her most recent book, 2013′s The Ascent of Women, tells the stories of the remarkable, courageous and tenacious women worldwide who are fighting for their rights — and emerging victorious.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Baar, Switzerland: International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue | 17-27 August 2014 | Application deadline 30 June

Filed under: Dispute resolution and negotiation,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:44 PDT

International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue
Institute for Peace and Dialogue, IPD.
Baar, Switzerland
17-27 August 2014.

To register SA, complete the application form and send by email with your passport page (only photo page) to fhuseynli [at] ipdinstitute.ch by 30 June, 2014. See http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/

Participants from all over world countries who working in State Organs, INGOs, IOs, Companies, Universities or Individual Researchers and who are interested on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, intercultural-interfaith dialogue, mediation, negotiation etc. related topics are welcome to join our coming summer academy.
If you have any questions feel free to email fhuseynli [at] ipdinstitute.ch.

SOME USEFUL LINKS ON SA:
IPD SA Experts & Topics – http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/Experts-Topics-2014/
IPD SA Baar, Switzerland 2014 – http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/
IPD SA Vienna, Austria 2013 – http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2013/Photo-Gallery-2013/
Summer Academy location Baar Region- http://www.baar.ch/de/englishsites/livingbaar/
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85fKvItapOo

Fakhrinur HUSEYNLI
Director of Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IDP
Address: Schachenstrasse 36,
CH-6010 Kriens, Switzerland
E-mail: fhuseynli [at] ipdinstitute.ch
www.ipdinstitute.ch

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

CAR’s archbishop and imam in peace drive

Filed under: Africa files,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 17:27 PDT

The conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) is often described as being between Muslims and Christians but two religious leaders are working together to end the bloodshed that has displaced about 20% of the population. The BBC’s Tim Whewell joined them on one of their trips to promote peace.

The archbishop finishes tying luggage to the roof of the 4×4, and climbs into the driver’s seat. “The task is hard,” he says. “But for God, nothing is impossible.”

The chief imam, beside him, smiles in agreement. And with that, they’re off – on a dangerous journey into the interior of their country, to try to reconcile two communities divided by hatred.

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Monday, 7 April 2014

UN expert alarmed at worsening human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Filed under: Human Rights,Myanmar,Religion and peacebuilding,Southeast Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:10 PDT

An independent United Nations expert today sounded the alarm on the deteriorating human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, adding that the evacuation of aid workers following recent attacks on the humanitarian community would have severe consequences for life-saving work in the area.

“Recent developments in Rakhine state are the latest in a long history of discrimination and persecution against the Rohingya community which could amount to crimes against humanity,” said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana.

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Why coexistence doesn’t equal reconciliation in Rwanda

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,Rwanda,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:58 PDT

… fragments from a series of first-person accounts … collected to mark the 20th anniversary of Rwanda’s 100 days of slaughter. Taken together, they give extraordinary insight into the psychology of atrocity: how so many ordinary people – friends, neighbours, doctors, teachers, priests – could take part in the bloodletting.

They also hint at the moral complexity underlying Rwanda’s efforts to balance truth and reconciliation, justice and forgiveness…

Twenty years later, old resentments fester alongside new.

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Rwanda: Portraits of Reconciliation

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:15 PDT

Last month, the photographer Pieter Hugo went to southern Rwanda, two decades after nearly a million people were killed during the country’s genocide, and captured a series of unlikely, almost unthinkable tableaus. In one, a woman rests her hand on the shoulder of the man who killed her father and brothers. In another, a woman poses with a casually reclining man who looted her property and whose father helped murder her husband and children. In many of these photos, there is little evident warmth between the pairs, and yet there they are, together. In each, the perpetrator is a Hutu who was granted pardon by the Tutsi survivor of his crime.

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The Rise of Rwanda’s Women: Rebuilding and Reuniting a Nation

Filed under: gender,Human Rights,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:14 PDT

Twenty years ago, in 100 days of slaughter between April and July 1994, an estimated one million Rwandan men, women, and children were killed by their fellow citizens. It was one of the worst genocides in history, and its effects still ripple through Rwanda, central and eastern Africa, and the world at large.

It would be obscene to say that such a catastrophe has had even the thinnest silver lining. But it did create a natural — or unnatural — experiment, as the country’s social, economic, and political institutions were wiped out by the genocide. And in important respects, the reconstructed Rwanda that emerged over the next two decades is a dramatically different country.

One major improvement has come in the leadership of Rwandan women, who have made history with their newly vital role in politics and civil society.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

From Fear to Freedom: Shedding light on a lesser known chapter of the Rwanda genocide

Filed under: Africa files,Human Rights,International Law: War,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:03 PDT

Beatha Kayitesi’s story, From Fear to Freedom, on Global’s 16×9, sheds light on a lesser-known chapter of that nation’s tragedy. It is a living account of the years before the genocide and the attempts to which one person will go to achieve peace.

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UN chief urges CAR govt to prevent genocide

Filed under: Africa files,Human Rights,International Law: War,Rwanda — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:53 PDT

BANGUI (Central African Republic): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged the leaders of the strife-torn Central African Republic to prevent a new genocide on the continent, 20 years after Rwanda.

“It is your responsibility as leaders to ensure that there are no such anniversaries in this country,” said Ban, in Bangui for a brief visit.

The UN secretary general will meet transitional president Catherine Samba Panza to discuss ways to end the deadly cycle of intercommunal violence that has laid waste to the country for a year and led senior UN figures to raise the spectre of genocide. Ban, who will spend just a few hours in Bangui before heading to Rwanda for the 20th anniversary of that country’s genocide, said ahead of his visit he was “deeply troubled by the appalling atrocities” against civilians in the Central African Republic.

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The 1915 Armenian genocide: Finding a fit testament to a timeless crime

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:49 PDT

The very last Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide – in which a million and a half Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks – are dying, and Armenians are now facing the same fearful dilemma that Jews around the world will confront in scarcely three decades’ time: how to keep the memory of their holocausts alive when the last living witnesses of Ottoman and Nazi evil are dead?

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Myanmar activists launch anti-‘hate speech’ campaign

Filed under: Human Rights,Media and Conflict,Myanmar,Peaceworkers in the news,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:58 PDT

BANGKOK – A group of Myanmar activists, including former political prisoners, are launching a campaign on Friday to tackle the ‘hate speech’ against Muslims that has engulfed social media and spread into Burmese society.

Panzagar, literally “flower speech”, is a movement set up by Nay Phone Latt, a blogger and executive director of Myanmar ICT For Development Organization (MIDO) who spent nearly four years in jail for writing about the monks’ protests in 2007 that ended in a bloody crackdown.

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Jerusalem, April 6th: Marking 25 years of Rabbis for Human Rights | Live online

Filed under: Conferences, Events,Media and Conflict,Middle East,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 06:37 PDT
Sunday, 6 April 2014

LIVE event!
Sunday April 6 (6 Nissan)
7pm, Jerusalem Botanical Garden Auditorium

For those who cannot make the event in person, you can watch the event LIVE with English subtitles. On April 6, the footage will feed directly onto the linked page. No need for registration.

Also see the Facebook “event” page.

The event is at 7 pm in Israel, this corresponds to the following times globally:

Pacific Daylight Time (LA, San Fran, Vancouver)- 9am
Central Daylight Time (Chicago, Minneapolis)-11am
Eastern Daylight Time (NYC, Boston,Atlanta, Toronto, Montreal)- 12pm, noon
British Summer Time (London)-5pm/17:00
Central European Summer Time (Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Johannesburg)- 6pm/18:00
Eastern European Time (Cairo, Istanbul)-6pm/18:00
Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Melbourne, Sydney)- 3am, APRIL 7th
WATCH: 25 Years of Rabbis for Human Rights

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Honduras: Liberating a Prison

Filed under: Art of Peacework,children and youth,Film, video, audio,Latin America & Caribbean — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:42 PDT

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Nashville USA: Strategic Evaluation of Nonviolent Civil Resistance | 16-23 August 2014 | Apply by 13 April

Filed under: Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 17:49 PDT
The James Lawson Institute
An Eight-Day Experience in Strategic Evaluation of Nonviolent Civil Resistance

August 16-23, 2014 | Nashville, Tennessee

In the 1960s, the Reverend James Lawson organized and led one of the most effective campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance in the 20th century: the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins for the US Civil Rights Movement. In the years that followed he was involved in strategic planning of numerous other major campaigns and actions and was called “the mind of the movement” and “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The US Civil Rights movement, the US Labor movement in the 1930s, the women’s suffrage movement, the anti-nuclear movement, and other movements in North America and abroad in the decades since did not just engage in activism. They organized people, mobilized them by the millions, and galvanized participation from a broad cross section of society. Collectively, these movements provide a model for how nonviolent change can be organized to win rights, justice and change in very adverse conditions.

The James Lawson Institute (JLI) looks at these past movements, and numerous contemporary ones around the world, from a strategic perspective, and engages participants in depth about a wide variety of aspects of organizing and activism in North America. It is a structured seminar to discuss what kinds of strategies, tactics and practices are effective for people organizing movements and waging civil resistance campaigns.

TOPICS COVERED:

Topics to be discussed include:

  •    The Current State of North American Organizing and Activism
  •    The Core Dynamics of Nonviolent Civil Resistance
  •    Movement Formation, Sustainability, and Coalition Building
  •    Strategy, Tactics, and Planning
  •    Movement Language and Media
  •    Managing Repression, Radical Flanks, and Maintaining Nonviolent Discipline

The content is a mixture of theory and practice and is based on the experiences of numerous activists and organizers around the world as well as leading scholarship in the field of social movement and civil resistance. The daily schedule usually includes two presentations and two exercises, as well as an evening program. We will learn from case studies, theoretical frameworks, participant exercises, planning tools, academic research, and each other.

Sessions will be facilitated by James Lawson and the advisors and staff of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).

 

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Death toll in Syria’s civil war above 150,000

Filed under: children and youth,Dispute resolution and negotiation,gender,International Law: War — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:40 PDT

BEIRUT – At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year-old civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The UK-based Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of activists and medical or security sources, said that real toll was likely to be significantly higher at around 220,000 deaths.

Efforts to end the conflict by bringing together representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the opposition have so far failed. The United Nations peace mediator for Syria said last week that talks were unlikely to resume soon.

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Millions at risk in S. Sudan unless urgent action taken to end conflict – UN

Filed under: Africa files,children and youth,Humanitarian work — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 16:35 PDT

LONDON – Millions of lives will be threatened in South Sudan unless urgent action is taken to end fighting between government forces and rebels and increase international financial support to help civilians, the heads of two of the biggest United Nations agencies said on Tuesday.

At the end of a two-day visit to South Sudan, U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres and Ertharin Cousin, head of the World Food Programme, said many people risked being cut off from help due to lack of safety for aid workers.

“Women we met in Nyal (town in Unity State) who have been affected by the conflict asked us to convey three messages to the world: they need peace, assistance to relieve their suffering, and the chance for their children to return to school,” Cousin said in a joint statement with Guterres.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

High Court Considers Definition Of Domestic Violence In Gun Case

Filed under: Disarmament,gender — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:13 PDT

Law enforcement, domestic violence organizations and gun control groups won an important victory in the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.

The justices that people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses are barred under federal law from possessing a gun, even though some states do not require proof of physical force for conviction on domestic violence charges.

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