Conciliation Resources, welcomes the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act (HAFA) draft legislation introduced to the US House of Representatives. The bill has the potential to help end violent conflicts by removing the threat of prosecution for those engaged in peacebuilding and mediation work with proscribed groups.
The European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK) has launched a new website, providing information about the EPNK for anyone looking to find out more about initiatives to build peace in the region
Conciliation Resources, launched its first Accord Insight publication: Women Building Peace, at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Oslo, Norway on Monday 11 November. The report looks at how women have contributed to peace and reconciliation globally and features first-hand accounts of women’s peacebuilding experiences.
While talks progress in the Philippines, the inclusion of all parties to the conflict and the broad swathe of civil society – including women and indigenous groups – is key to transforming the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro into sustainable peace. Read about two new projects which look to address this.
A group of women from diverse sectors of Colombian society have launched a new peacebuilding initiative, the 'Ethical Pact for a Country in Peace'. The Pact calls on Colombian society, policymakers and the international community to support the ‘transformation’ of Colombian society to a peaceful one, by signing-up to fifteen actions.
Enhanced peacekeeping mission is a welcome development, but a lasting solution to CAR’s political problems requires coordinated national and cross-border cooperation on governance and security issues, as well as support for local civil society peace efforts.
Human rights activist Reverend Akuila Yabaki has been handed a suspended sentence of three months’ imprisonment. In response, we urge that for a peaceful transition to democracy in Fiji, civil society must be free to fulfil their role on behalf of the communities they represent.
The former Bishop of Bath & Wells, The Rt. Rev. Peter Price, has become the new Chair of the Board of Trustees for Conciliation Resources. With his long-standing interest in international affairs, Peter is well-matched to head up the organisation.
Counterterrorism policies are constraining the ability of peacebuilders to support peace processes and dialogue to help end or overcome violent conflict – they make many forms of engagement with an armed group a crime if the group is listed as 'terrorist'. A petition to the US Secretary of State urges him to remove federal restrictions on such activities.
With the European Union reportedly due to meet on 4 June to discuss adding Shi’a militant group Hezbollah to its list of proscribed groups, peacebuilding NGO Conciliation Resources questions the effectiveness of using such a blunt policy tool.