April 2019 review

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during April, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation.

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1) Understanding the Easter Sunday attacks – and the risks ahead

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – At time of writing, 290 people are confirmed to have been killed following a series of blast attacks at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Hundreds more have been injured.[1] The Sri Lanka Campaign condemns the appalling crimes that took place yesterday and stands in solidarity with all those affected. Read on…

2) Libya – will the UN appeal for a halt to the march on Tripoli be heard?

Rene Wadlow – With the administrative-political situation in Libya badly stalemated and a meeting for negotiations to be held 14-16 April unlikely to make progress, on Thursday 4 April 2019, General Khalifa Hafter, one of the key players in the drama decided to start a “March on Tripoli” and to take overall power by force.Read on…

3) The election will obliterate the face of Israel as we know it

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – Unlike any previous right-wing Israeli government, the formation of a new government under Netanyahu may well be the most decisive and consequential for Israel as we know it. This is nothing short of a turning point in Israel’s history, as its reactionary, zealous, messianic, and extreme right-wing leaders choose more territory over the future security and prosperity of Israel, forfeiting its democracy and shattering the centuries-old dream of the Jews to establish an independent, free, secure home and live in peace. Read on…

4) Holding European Parliament elections in Northern Ireland after Brexit

Nikos Skoutaris – It would be an interesting turn of events if the argument of Geoffrey Cox whose aim was to convince the EU to accept UK’s right to unilaterally withdraw from the backstop would lead to enhancing the exercise of the EU citizens’ rights of the local population. Read on…

5) 25 years after the Genocide against the Tutsi, trauma healing needs to be at the centre of peace and development efforts

Scott Weber and Joseph Ryarasa Nkurunziza – Rwanda is obviously not alone in its post-conflict trauma healing experience. Millions of people have more recently been affected by civil war in countries like Syria and Yemen. When the wars abate and reconstruction begins, Rwanda will certainly offer important lessons for these countries as they embark on their own trauma healing and reconciliation efforts. Read on…

6) Extending Brexit – reaching the Larry David moment of the saga

Nikos Skoutaris – For better or for worse, the current political stasis can only be overcome if a consensus is reached over the most existential question that the UK has been facing throughout its history: its relationship with the continent. At this moment in time, another democratic vote (elections or referendum) seems to be a necessary, but not sufficient, condition in order for such a consensus to be built. Read on…

7) Another UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – Been following recent developments on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council but unsure of what it all means? In this explainer, the Sri Lanka Campaign try to answer some of the key questions. Read on…

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