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Peacebuilding and Education Symposium The contribution of education to security and rule of law in (post)conflict states

21 October 2013, 1:00‐5:00pm

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, Den Haag Max van der Stoelzaal

Register before 15 October at DSO-OO@minbuza.nl




The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF are hosting a symposium on the theme of peacebuilding and education. The Netherlands funds UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme in 14 (post)conflict and/or fragile states: Burundi, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Myanmar, Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen. The programme aims to transform societies by addressing the root causes of conflict and strengthening resilience, social cohesion and human security, through innovative education programmes. As security and rule of law is a priority theme for the Dutch government, this symposium asks, what contribution can education make?

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Hivos and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) are proud to invite you to a special debate entitled:

Women on the Frontline. Inclusive transition in the Middle East and North Africa

Utrecht, 20 September 2013, 15.00 – 17.00

The events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have shaken the world. All over the region countries are in a state of transition, although the nature and stage of this transition differs dramatically. The opening up of societies provides unprecedented opportunities for investing in the improvement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. On the other hand, the uprising also generates major challenges. In some MENA countries there is already a decrease in women’s political participation and an increase in gender-based violence. Dialogue is of the utmost importance; between the government and opposition, government and civil society and also within civil society at large. Women need to be ready and able to make their voices heard when the transition is completed, but also now.

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HadiUpcloseSJP (2013) student Hadi Marifat presented at the TedX Hague Academy event.

Explaining what in his view it will take to bring peace in Afghanistan. Hadi Marifat, an Afghan human rights activist, shares his innovative “Memory Box” project, which addresses the trauma in Afghan society. He insists that the victims of war should be brought to the forefront of the reconciliation process.

The video of his talk is available here: Ted X talk by Hadi Marifat


Dutch Supreme Court

From: Dutch News.

The Dutch state is responsible for the death of three Muslim men during the siege of Srebrenica during the Yugoslavia war in 1995, the Dutch supreme court (Hoge Raad) has declared.

After the fall of the enclave, effective control passed from the United Nations to the Dutch army, which was the responsibility of the Dutch state, the court said in its long-awaited ruling.

Relatives of the three men, who were murdered after the Dutch army sent them out of the compound, have been involved in a legal campaign since 2002.

See full story at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/09/the_dutch_state_is_responsible.php

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