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.
UK aid is helping divided communities find ways to move away from violent conflict. The Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) today published a report highlighting how DFID is providing vital support to civil society organisations, including Conciliation Resources, in their work to improve the lives of disadvantaged people around the world.
A delegation of five cross-party representatives of the Colombian Congress will visit London on 19 and 20 May to promote public participation in the Colombia peace process. Their goal is to listen to the voices of the Colombian diaspora and to increase social and institutional support in the UK for the peace efforts in Colombia.
During a three-day People’s Forum, more than forty civil society representatives met in Suva to share ideas on Fiji's constitutional reform process. To stimulate further discussion the workshop’s outcomes statement is available, along with a paper analysing the key provisions in the government’s own newly published draft constitution.