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The United Nations and partners launched THE GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN APPEAL 2017, which is a consolidated petition to support people affected by disaster and conflict around the world. It is the largest appeal in the history of the UN to support vital humanitarian operations in some of the world’s worst crises. 

2f136901-bdd1-4979-a673-51f588a54be9In 2016, more people were reached and more money was committed than in any other year. Yet, a record US$22.2 billion is needed to help 92.8 million people in 33 countries.

Click here to find out more information. 

4113After voters rejected the initial agreement in a referendum 53 days ago, a new accord was presented on 12 November, with modifications to more than 50 points, which take in opinions of the critics of the peace deal. Yet, opponents maintain that the most crucial points are still unresolved. 

Despite continued objections, President Juan Manuel Santos and rebel leader Timochenko signed yesterday the revised version of the peace agreement to end more than 50 years of conflict. The accord will immediately be sent to Congress. It is expected to pass after being debated next week, as the government’s coalition and allied parties hold a majority in the legislature. Once congress approved the new deal, Farc would begin its process of demobilisation. 




Trump, torture and Guantánamo

Category: News

25 Nov 2016

UnknownDoes Trump election means Guantanamo expansion? Members of Close Guantanamo, a long campaign to close down the ‘facility’, fear it does. 

After Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the U.S. Presidential Election activits are concern about what might happen under the new administration in relation to Guantánamo. Donald Trump and Guantánamo: What Do We Need to Know?, by Andy Worthington, is a detailed analysis on the issue.



Baar, Switzerland

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) next International Winter Programs in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Medation, Security and Intercultural Dialogue are going to be held in Switzerland. Applicants could choose either 10 days Winter academy (17-26 February, 2017) or 3 Month CAS-Research program (17 February – 16 May, 2017) in their filled application.

The main goal of the 10 days Winter Academy is to strengthen the skills of the participants through academic trainings in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue fields. The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the skills of the researchers via academic trainings, reading materials, Supervisor guidance and closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutions.

IPD offer several type of scholarship support to reduce the participation fee amount for most needed potential participants from all over the world counties.

For more information about the programs, application process, fees and scholarships click here.  

In recent months, three African leaders have signalled their intention to leave the International Criminal Court as a way to express their dissatisfaction with the international judicial body, following complaints that ICC prosecutions focused excessively on the African continent. Early this week, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is formally withdrawing its signature from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as well. 

Regarding the African countries departures, Dr. Aaron Matta, senior researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice  argues that “these countries are making noise” beacuse “the Court is doing its job”.  In his view,  “this wave of departures will certainly hurt the ICC”, but he dose not think that “all African countries will follow suit. Three or four countries leaving will not topple the Court.” Yet, with Russia joining South Africa, Burundi and Gambia in leaving the court this year, the Court may be facing a bigger problem. 


The International Criminal Court is Navigating Troubled Waters

Article by Dr. Aaron Matta, senior researcher at The Hague Institute fos Global Justice. Posted originally on 1 November 2016.  

Several days after South Africa notified the UN of its intentions to leave the International Criminal Court, Burundi has done the same, and the Gambia will soon follow. The three African countries are looking to withdraw from the Rome Statute out of protest against the ICC’s allegedly unfair focus on the African continent. In an interview with TV5 Monde, Dr. Aaron Matta stated this could be the start of more troubles for the ICC, if other countries such as Kenya might follow.

Dr. Matta posed that, in spite of the reasoning provided in public, South Africa, Burundi and the Gambia all have their own specific reasons for retreating from the ICC. South Africa has been criticized for failing to apprehend Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president who is wanted for war crimes, while he was in the country. Burundi authorities might be investigated for serious violations of human rights. “By no longer being part of the ICC they can elude prosecution for genocide,” said Dr. Matta. “A smear campaign has started because these countries feel intimidated by the Court. Criticisms have intensified over the last three years. Persons who are subject to investigation, or those who could be, try to protect themselves.”

For more information on Russia leaving the ICC see Russia withdraws signature from international criminal court statute.


Global Terrorism Index 2016

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9 Nov 2016

9d29c7b8-2ba5-4dd5-95e2-65969f4a704cLaunch Panel Discussion
Date: Thursday 17 November – 12:30-14:00
Location: The Hague Institute For Global Justice

The Global Terrorism Index is the world’s leading metric for policymakers in their efforts to track and understand how to measure the impacts and underlying drivers of terrorism.

Produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), The Index scores 163 countries over the past 16 years by aggregating the number of terrorist incidents, number of fatalities, injuries and the amount of property damage and then weighting the results over five years with the highest weighting being the most recent year. It explores significant correlations with other important indicators such as education, poverty, governance, etc. 

During the panel Mr. Daniel Hyslop, Research Director at IEP, will present findings from 2012 Index. Ms. Ingrid van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor at the Municipality of The Hague; Dr. Alastair Reed, Acting Director of The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and Ms. Amy Cunningham, Senior Advisor at the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund TBC, will share their thoughts and expertise about the findings in a moderated discussion. Registration required.


Young Peacebuilders Forum 2016

Category: News

9 Nov 2016

Unknown-1In September 2016, The Hague hosted the Young Peacebulders Forum, which brought together young working in the field of peacebuilding to discuss about advocacy efforts for peace of youth organizations. Organized by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), the forum focused specifically on the advocacy efforts of youth peace organisations.

The forum was an opportunity to discuss UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security as well as other policies relating to youth participation in peacebuilding including European Union and Council of Europe policies.  The Forum identified some of the challenges lying ahead for the youth peace movement, and helped lay the ground for a common understanding of the needs we face together as well as common priorities for the actions we need to undertake.



International Migrants Day

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8 Nov 2016

There are over 232 million international migrants in the world today, and an estimated 20 percent of migrants are in an irregular situation. Migrant-Rights-Key-imageGlobally, migrants continue to endure a number of serious violations of their fundamental rights.

Yes,  you can support migrant rights within your own organization or community. Join the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. François Crépeau, in a month-long social media campaign seeking to promote the respect and protection of #MigrantRights.

This year’s Campaign will have a particular focus on ending the immigration detention of children and families, consistent with the recommendation of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and a growing number of UN and civil society voices.

For more information about it visit the #MigrantRights Campaign website, which will be regularly updated beginning 18 November with stories, infographics, and videos, which you are encouraged to share.

Get involved!



14344876_1204216509620704_6979543680110075351_nAfter more than 52 years of war, the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement on September 26. This Sunday, 2 October, the people of Colombia must decide if they support it.

Facing a unique opportunity, Colombian youth is playing a very important role, Colombian youth is playing a very important role. This article by Lina María Jaramillo, originally posted by Transconflict on September 30, 2016, is an interesting reading about youth Colombians ‘Yes’ movement. 

The author notes that in Colombia “civil society groups, many of them led by young people, are keeping their distance from political parties and political leaders, activating their own movements and campaigns to promote peace and reconciliation. The young people involved in these movements realise that peacebuilding is their generation’s challenge. They accept that there is uncertainty and risk involved in accepting the peace agreements. But for them any peace is better than no peace, any uncertainty better than a future with guns, guerillas and war”.


Sí me la juego: I am in, Peace my Friend, Peace Youth, The Youth for Yes movement  “are a sample of the vibrant civil society that is growing around the plebiscite vote. Youth are celebrating the opportunity for peace, convincing others of how positively peace could transform Colombia and rallying people to go out and vote.”

 To learn more about these movements read the complete article please click here.

Life jacket graveyard

Category: News

21 Sep 2016

160919113838-parliament-4-exlarge-169At the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on September 19th in New York, the governments of 193 countries adopted key commitments to safeguard those on the move, which became known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. The declaration expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale.

The same day volunteers arrived in London’s Parliament Square to construct a “life jacket graveyard” as a reminder of the plight facing refugees. Over 2,500 lifejackets worn by refugees during crossings from Turkey to the Greek island of Chios were laid out, including 625 that had been used by children.



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