Post Tagged with: "Reconciliation"

Closed borders, open minds?

Closed borders, open minds?

Though civil society has played a key role in promoting dialogue between non-state actors in Turkey and Armenia, the border issue makes things very difficult.

Umuganda – a tool for reconciliation in Rwanda

Umuganda – a tool for reconciliation in Rwanda

The concept of ‘Umuganda’ – which means ‘coming together in common purpose’ – is to promote unity and reconciliation in a society that has been devastated by conflict, genocide and poverty.

Lest we forget – the foundations of peace in Rwanda

Lest we forget – the foundations of peace in Rwanda

The collective acknowledgement of the past not only clears up misunderstandings, it also liberates us from the tyranny of widespread, existing popular prejudices. In order for reconciliation to take root in political and moral quarrels, there is first a need for truth, then justice and finally forgiveness.

Rwanda – building an engaged youth twenty years after genocide

Rwanda – building an engaged youth twenty years after genocide

Rwanda is still in need of healing and reconciliation, and the Rwandan youth still need to reflect on lessons learned from the past in order to construct the future they want and deserve.

Reflections on Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies

Reflections on Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies

TransConflict is pleased to present additional reflections on Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies – its purpose, importance and approach – by two participants in the Scholars´ Initiative.

Between recognition and denial – the genocide question and Turkish-Armenian relations

Between recognition and denial – the genocide question and Turkish-Armenian relations

The Turkish-Armenian reconciliation process is now almost completely stalled, with Turkey continuing to vehemently oppose the Armenian-inspired international campaign to secure recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Justice is Liberia’s hope for the future

Justice is Liberia’s hope for the future

Whereas other countries have considered justice to be an essential component of peace and reconciliation, Liberia has totally disregarded the punishment of those who perpetrated atrocities during its 14-year civil war.

Bridging divisions in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s society

Bridging divisions in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s society

Ethnic divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are possibly greater than ever before. The Genesis Project, though, shows that reconciliation is not an impossible dream.

The politics of reconciliation in Zimbabwe

The politics of reconciliation in Zimbabwe

A delay in establishing the constitutionally-guaranteed National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) raises profound questions about the commitment of Zimbabwe’s political elites to achieving justice and reconciliation. 

On reconciliation in Kosovo

On reconciliation in Kosovo

The Balkans, in general, and Kosovo, in particular, will not come to terms with the past without real political determination and recognition. The process of reconciliation cannot be taken as a separate process in Kosovo, since the legacies of the armed conflict affected all countries in the Former Yugoslavia, and […]

The numbers game and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The numbers game and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s bitter and brutal thirty year conflict ended in May 2009. The government’s victory over the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was decisive and there have been no terrorist incidents in the four years since the end of the war. In spite of all this, the government has […]

Can reconciliation be pursued through history teaching?

Can reconciliation be pursued through history teaching?

EUROCLIO offers a successful model for many history educators in Europe to address innovative, and often controversial, content as well as collaborative, active, meaningful and effective ways of learning and teaching. 

Rwanda’s artful path toward peace – cultural industries and post-conflict reconciliation

Rwanda’s artful path toward peace – cultural industries and post-conflict reconciliation

Rwanda is a prime example of a post-conflict society that is using film, theatre music, and other creative industries in its journey toward reconciliation and rebuilding.

Reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Reconciliation in post-war Sri Lanka

Differing conceptualisations of the term ‘reconciliation’ has sparked a debate regarding the best way to approach the issue. Whilst government policy is firmly concerned with reconciling the state with society, a number of organisations are attempting inter-community reconciliation. 

The Cemetery of France

The Cemetery of France

TransConflict is pleased to present a second CRIC Project (Conflict and Identity) film, entitled ‘The Cemetery of France’, which examines new debates on the heritage of destruction at the Verdun battlefield.

Places that Died for France – Commemoration and Memory on the Verdun Battlefield

Places that Died for France – Commemoration and Memory on the Verdun Battlefield

As the one-hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War One approaches, TransConflict is pleased to present a CRIC Project (Conflict and Identity) film, entitled ‘Places that Died for France – Commemoration and Memory on the Verdun Battlefield’.

Memories, large and small

The term “The West” obscures periodic and sharp changes in the myths and content of Western demands on Balkan, Middle Eastern, and other actors.

Towards reconciliation – dealing with the past or leaving it behind?

Towards reconciliation – dealing with the past or leaving it behind?

A conference in Priština, entitled “How I see it” , provided young Serbs and Albanians from both Kosovo and Serbia, respectively, with an opportunity to discuss issues concerning reconciliation, transitional justice and EU integration.

Recognising every casualty of armed violence

TransConflict has become a signatory to the Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence, which has at its core a simple principle that ‘no person should die unrecorded’.

Returning disputed war monuments

Returning disputed war monuments

TransConflict is pleased to present a research paper, entitled ‘Returning disputed war monuments – can heritage be reinterpreted for new political agendas?’, which explores how the much-disputed Isted Lion – which Denmark recently returned to Flensburg, Germany – no longer recalls a famous Danish military victory, but is instead presented as a symbolic expression of trust between the two countries.

Bosnia – the path to sustainable peace runs through Banja Luka

The Canadian experience suggests that sustainable peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina can only be achieved by treating the Republika Srpska as a political player with legitimate fears and concerns.