» Archive for: October, 2015

IMG-20151023-WA0024On Friday 23 of October the Peace Palace turned blue to commemorate the 70-year anniversary of the United Nations. Among the different events organized in The Hague to celebrate this anniversary, there was a special edition of Hague Talks that took place in the Humanity House called ‘70 years of the UN: We the People(s)!’. ISS students participated in the organized workshops focused on the UN Global Goals in the area of sustainable development, the successor to the UN Millennium Development Goals, specially goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

Students also attended a special evening event in the Peace Palace accompanied by ISS rector Inge Hutter. To access the talks enter here.

‘Together We Can’

Category: Publications

25 Oct 2015


The Men of Peace association in Uganda released its 2014 activity report .

Male survivors of sexual violence are often silenced by prevailing social and cultural norms and laws. The achievements of Men of Peace in breaking this silence at local, national and international levels are nothing short of remarkable; they are the only known association of male survivors in Uganda’s refugee settlements, their membership is multi-national, and they have taken great steps in confronting stigmatization within families, communities and service providers.’


Published on October 11, 2015, by Mohammed Omer

‘The last few days have been bloody ones for Gaza, with 11 protestors, largely boys and youths, shot dead by Israeli forces near the border. More than 200 have been injured, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

With tensions boiling over in the West Bank and Jerusalem, on Friday hundreds of people gathered near the border fence with Israel east of Gaza City close to Shejayeh, east Khan Younis and north of Gaza Strip close to Erez crossing point. They chanted, jostled and threw rocks but the Israelis responded with live ammunition. Six youths died at the scene and one succumbed to his wounds the day after. More than 130 people were injured. Despite the deaths, the next day protestors once again gathered near the border.’

The full article is available here

Submission deadline: December 31, 2015index

The Contest will recognize the most outstanding research produced by undergraduate and graduate students. Papers submitted may address any issue relevant to refugee, forced migration, immigrants’ settlement and integration studies.

The authors of the short-listed papers will be invited to present their work at the 9th Annual CARFMS Conference and could be considered for publication in Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.  For more information enter here.


The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) just released the 2015 Positive Peace Report. For IEP positive peace is a transformational approach to achieving development, resilience and peace. The report analyzes the factors that build sustainable peace, and offers an alternative perspective to identify and measure long-term investments that create an optimum environment for human potential to flourish. The full report is available here


For more information on international development and humanitarian issues the site of The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is an interesting page that is worth a visit. The ODI is an UK’s leading independent think tank dedicated to Inspiring and informing policy and practice for development.

Peace Review. A Journal of Social Justice published by the University of San Francisco is dedicating part of one of its coming issues to examine police militarization issues.images (1)

For this reason, the editorial committee requires essays no longer than 3500 that provide new insights into the causes and consequences of police militarization, grounded in specific data and experience.

Please make your submissions before January 15, 2016, referring the Submission Guidelines.

The ICC has compiled in partnership with the GCC Law & Media Consultancy a “Practical Guide for the Media” that provides the journalist and other professionals, practical tools applicable at the moment of reporting the Court’s work.ICC

This guide offers answers to common questions such as How to attend a hearing at the Court? How to follow the latest news about the Court? What are the essential services provided to journalists attending ICC hearings?

The English version is available online.

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Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report provides ‘as realistic an estimate as possible’ of the vast human toll of the “Wars on Terror” in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001. The report concludes that since the war began, 13 years ago, around 1.3 million people have been killed, a figure 10 times greater of what was estimated.

The publishers believe that ‘it is crucial for the humanitarian aspect, as well as in the interest of peace, that the public will become aware of this magnitude and that those responsible in governments and parliaments are held accountable.’

For more information and to download the report, click here.

The report “Colombia: Women, Conflict-related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process” joinImagenMujeresVictimastly published in 2013 by the organizations ABColombia, Sisma Mujer, and USOC provides reference for those interested in the differentiated impacts of war violence on women’s lives.
This publication not only gives an account of the sexual harm perpetrated by different armed actors under the frame of the armed conflict but also provides policy recommendations.

The full text now is available to be consulted


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