MILF conducts mass consultations for peace

Emma Leslie shares her reflections on a recent gathering of the Bangsamoro Leadership Assembly in Mindanao. Could developments like the peaceful collaboration of armed forces at the event, there to ensure the safety of several hundred thousand attendees, indicate that the time is ripe for peace in this part of Asia?

Local partners voice concerns over lapse of Uganda’s Amnesty Act

Since 2000, the Amnesty Act has been one of the crucial tools employed by the Ugandan Government to end the conflict with the LRA. More than 12,000 former abductees have benefited from Amnesty and abandoned rebellion. The government has now allowed the Act to lapse. In light of this development, 19 organisations met recently in Uganda to discuss the implications this has for regional peace efforts.

Looking back to move forward in Lebanon

Lebanon’s model of post-war power sharing and liberal economic growth has been widely praised, but it has failed to deliver for most people. More than 20 years on from the Taif agreement that ended the civil war, Lebanon is not a post-conflict society. Our new Accord analysis – which comes as insecurity in Syria poses a renewed threat to Lebanon’s precarious stability – examines options for developing a more positive peace. An accompanying policy brief sets out priorities for change.

Policy brief – Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon

Jul 2012
A fundamentally different approach is needed to transform precarious stability in Lebanon into durable peace. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Accord show that Lebanon’s model of power sharing and liberal economic growth, while widely praised, has in reality failed to deliver a noticeable peace dividend. This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 24 and sets out 10 priorities for change.

Uganda’s Amnesty Act: Communiqué and accompanying note

Jun 2012

On 23 May 2012, Uganda’s Minister of Internal Affairs declared the lapse of the Amnesty Act. This decision was apparently taken without any reference to Uganda’s Parliament.

Engaging non-state armed groups

Over recent months there have been a number of positive developments in negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Maintaining lines of communication is important in any peace process. On June 8 the NGO members of the International Contact Group for the Mindanao peace process traveled to Camp Darapanan, the headquarters of the MILF. While there, they exchanged views on the current status of these negotiations.

Trading across the Line of Control in Kashmir: New opinion poll explores prospects for business and peace

It's seven years since India and Pakistan, after decades of conflict and separation, opened up a limited travel route between the divided sides of Jammu and Kashmir. Coinciding with the recent visit to India of Pakistan's President, our peacebuilding partners in the region launched the results of a new opinion poll. Looking at issues such as the future of cross-Line of Control trade and the situation faced by divided families, this first survey of its kind suggests that traders are optimistic despite the challenges they face.

Bougainville peace process literacy kit

Jun 2002
With support and input from Conciliation Resources, the Bougainville Inter-Church Women’s Forum (BICWF) developed this Melanesian pidgin literacy kit based on materials about the conflict and peace process for use in critical literacy (popular education) training workshops across Bougainville.

Bougainville literacy workers develop materials to promote conflict awareness

Jan 2002
In this article, Clem McCartney describes the process carried out by literacy workers in Bougainville to create a critical literacy pack that would help residents, particularly those living in remote villages, to gain a better understanding of the conflict that was taking place and the ways that they could be involved in the peace process.

Navigating paths to peace in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Building peace takes time. What does ending conflict mean in practice? How do good governance, justice and human security strengthen each other? These are pressing issues for any society recovering from violent conflict and just some of the questions addressed in Accord 23: Consolidating Peace in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The findings from this review of peace initiatives have been presented recently to local and international policymakers in West Africa and the USA.