Palestinians, already denied their right to self-determination, should not have to receive aid in ways that further undermine local priorities, capacities and ownership.
Archive for October, 2012
At this critical juncture for Europe, it is important to remember that the EU – despite its very own shortcomings – has strengthened democracy across the old continent and acted as a vital barrier against extremism and nationalism.
The Sri Lanka model – where a long, low-intensity civil war reached a violent, bloody climax; yet its architects remain in power and have escaped formal sanction by the international community – may have demonstrated to Assad that a brutal, uncompromising approach to internal dissent does not have to end […]
Three years on from the bloody end to its civil war, Sri Lanka remains beset by the challenges of reconciliation, reintegration and rehabilitation, and faces intense scrutiny over allegations of war crimes and widespread human rights violations.
As displaced citizens of all religions return to their former homes, land issues and fishing rights in Sri Lanka are hugely contentious and – unless carefully managed by the government – can easily spill over into communal tension.
The EU-led “dialogue” between Belgrade and Pristina will stall at some juncture because of the failure of the Quint and Pristina to accept a real compromise over the north, one that keeps it within Kosovo but also functionally part of Serbia.
By denying women many of their most basic human rights and fundamental freedoms, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was the proverbial death-knell for progressive lifestyles of women in the country; as the shocking case of Malala Yousufzai demonstrates in the starkest possible manner.
The absence of a women’s grassroots support network or social movement is one of the key reasons women have been unable to exert more influence on the peace process in Afghanistan, meaning that any future peace settlement may lack sufficient safeguards to promote and entrench women’s voices.
Tackling the root causes of war between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo requires an end to the culture of impunity, particularly the prosecution of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).
A heady mix of rebels pursuing power, abundant resources and a lack of strategic solutions to address the underlying problems continues to fuel violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.