<![CDATA[ Peace Organization PAX - News ]]> en 2021-04-22 03:33:42 <![CDATA[2021 Stockholm Forum: Promoting peace in the age of compound risk]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/2021-stockholm-forum-promoting-peace-in-the-age-of-compound-risk Peace organization PAX is pleased to participate in the 2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development (4-7 May), as an official Forum partner. PAX, under this year’s theme, ‘Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk’, will be pleased to host two sessions that touch upon the discourses of good peacebuilding financing and that of new technologies.

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6441 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New: PAX Palestine Podcast]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-pax-palestine-podcast Are you curious to know what it is like to work for peace in Israel and Palestine? And are you interested to find out more about current themes like peacework during a pandemic, Palestinian elections and youth participation? Check out our new PAX Palestine Podcast.

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6287 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 20:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Major concerns about the European Peace Facility]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/major-concerns-about-the-european-peace-facility All EU Member States have agreed to the new European Peace Facility (EPF) yesterday, a fund of more than EUR 5 billion that will be used to finance military training and equip militaries around the world. For the first time, these missions also include the delivery of lethal weapons. PAX is deeply concerned that the fund does not address the underlying causes of conflict and could worsen existing conflicts.

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6288 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Online exhibition: Life on the West Bank]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/online-exhibition-life-on-the-west-bank The daily life of most Palestinians can be summarized as one big, chronic, humanitarian crisis. That is why PAX is working together with partners in the Palestinian West Bank on a project called Palestinian Resilience which supports women and girls, men and boys who stand up for themselves.

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6289 Wed, 17 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[The Syrian revolution - 10 years later]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-syrian-revolution-10-years-later This week marks exactly 10 years since the start of the Syrian revolution. Inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Syrians went out into the streets to demand a life of freedom and dignity after 40 years of dictatorship . This peaceful popular uprising was met with brutal violence and soon developed into an armed conflict with different regional and international powers taking part. Ten years later, Syria is a country that is broken and torn apart. 

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6290 Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Online side event: For peace and justice tomorrow, address property rights today]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/online-side-event-for-peace-and-justice-tomorrow-address-property-rights-today There is growing recognition among Syrians and the international community that unaddressed challenges to property rights and the impediments they pose to the return of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) have become major obstacles to peace and justice in Syria. 

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6291 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Documentary 'Between four walls' - International Women's day]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/documentary-between-four-walls-international-womens-day Today - International Women’s day - PAX wants to highlight the brave work of our partners in Iraq by showing the documentary film Between Four Walls. The film was produced to contribute to a national advocacy campaign demanding protection from sexual and gender-based violence in Iraq.

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6210 Sun, 07 Mar 2021 18:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[The EU is not doing enough against the demolition of Palestinian buildings by Israel]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-eu-is-not-doing-enough-against-the-demolition-of-palestinian-buildings-by-israel Your own house and that of your neighbours have been razed to the ground. You are left homeless with your family in the mud because the tent you were forced to sleep in is confiscated, as was the previous one. Sadly, this is the reality for the people in Humsa, a Bedouin community in Area C, the parts of the West Bank that are directly controlled by Israel. Every time this Palestinian village is demolished by the Israeli army. Action is needed.

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6292 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Online symposium: The War of Tomorrow]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/online-symposium-the-war-of-tomorrow The rapidly growing use of drones and robots, and data-driven military analysis will likely have profound impacts on the future of warfare. To better understand the implications of these developments for our armed forces, military interventions, and foreign policy, PAX will host the online symposium The War of Tomorrow: How are novel military technologies changing modern conflicts? with a broad array of experts on Friday, February 26th at 15:00-17:30 CET.

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6092 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Glencore should take responsibility towards victims of coal mining]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/glencore-should-take-responsibility-towards-victims-of-coal-mining After almost 30 years of exploiting two large coal mines in northern Colombia, causing serious social and environmental damages to the adjacent communities, the multinational Glencore, through its subsidiary Prodeco, announced this month the closure of its mining operations in Colombia. PAX is worried that Prodeco's decision implies that the mining company will also avoid their responsibility to the victims from the coal mining region.

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6090 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Syrian refugees in Lebanon hugely impacted by ongoing economic and COVID-19 crises]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syrian-refugees-in-lebanon-hugely-impacted-by-ongoing-economic-and-covid-19-crises The situation in Lebanon has been steadily deteriorating, and is projected to get much worse. Syrian refugees are among those worst off. The Refugee Protection Watch Coalition (RPW), of which PAX is part of, has interviewed hundreds of Syrian refugees and members of host communities in Lebanon. The resulting briefing outlines in a briefing outlining the enormous impact of the ongoing economic and COVID-19 crises in Lebanon, and presents key recommendations.

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6041 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 21:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Majority of the Dutch say that The Netherlands must join the Ban Treaty]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/majority-of-the-dutch-say-that-the-netherlands-must-join-the-ban-treaty People in the Netherlands and five other NATO states overwhelmingly reject the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons and support the Treaty to Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). In fact, according to polls, support for the Dutch joining the nuclear ban continues to increase.

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6002 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX calls for release of Moroccan activist Maati Monjib]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-release-of-moroccan-activist-maati-monjib Moroccan activist Maati Monjib has been in custody since December 29, his lawyers have not been informed of the charges. He has now gone on a hunger strike. The Netherlands and the EU must do everything to get him released. 

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6000 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Top-level Drummond managers charged with financing paramilitaries]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/top-level-drummond-managers-charged-with-financing-paramilitaries The current and the former president of the Colombian subsidiary of the American coal giant Drummond have been charged with complicity in gross human rights violations. In 2014, PAX published on these matters in its report "The Dark Side of Coal".

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5994 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 22:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Rid the Netherlands of nuclear weapons - support PAX]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/rid-the-netherlands-of-nuclear-weapons-support-pax We must rid the Netherlands and the rest of the world of nuclear weapons! These weapons of mass destruction are designed to vaporise an entire city in one burning flash of light. Even if they are never used, the process around making them leaves a contaminating legacy for generations. And the consequences of an accident are incalculable. We need your help to continue our efforts to end nuclear weapons.

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5921 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA["Palestinian women need to be heard"]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/palestinian-women-need-to-be-heard How does the corona crisis exacerbate the already difficult situation for Palestinians? To find out, PAX’s general director Anna Timmerman talked with Lucy Nusseibeh, the founder and chairperson of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND), one of PAX’s partner organizations in Palestine. They spoke about strengthening the voice of women and nonviolent resistance, and about hope in almost hopeless times. Nusseibeh: "Every form of trust and support helps girls to get more out of themselves."

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5837 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Dutch scientists call for ban on killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-scientists-call-for-ban-on-killer-robots In an open letter to the Dutch government, more than 150 scientists in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics call for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, popularly known as killer robots. These are weapons that can select and attack targets without meaningful human control.

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5838 Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Inclusive memorialization is crucial for the future of the Western Balkans]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/inclusive-memorialization-is-crucial-for-the-future-of-the-western-balkans For the future of the Western Balkans it is important that atrocities committed during the wars of the 90s are jointly acknowledged and remembered. Such inclusive commemorations should serve as a counter balance to the often one-sided and ethno-nationalist views and narratives created by the ruling political elite in Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the main conclusion of a report by Peace organization PAX, mapping a number of Inclusive Memory Initiatives in the Western Balkans.

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5336 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[European Peace Facility may fuel conflicts]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/european-peace-facility-may-fuel-conflicts The European Union´s proposed Peace Facility may not facilitate peace at all. In fact, it risks fuelling conflict and human rights abuses around the world if it goes through in its current form.

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5337 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Violence and wildfires driving people from their lands in Iraqi Kurdistan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/violence-and-wildfires-driving-people-from-their-lands-in-iraqi-kurdistan Between May and September 2020 nearly 300.000 acres of land were burned during military campaigns taking place in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shelling and bombing resulted in bushfires and caused the displacement of thousands of people, destroying their livelihoods and damaging fragile ecosystems.

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5338 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Building peace by protecting the environment]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/building-peace-by-protecting-the-environment As wildfires rage through countries in conflict and oil spills and toxic waste threaten to cause environmental catastrophes in warzones, the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts are now more urgent than ever.

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5339 Fri, 06 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX webinar Working at the UN]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-webinar-working-at-the-un Brittany Roser has worked for PAX as a UN advocacy advisor in New York since March 2019. What challenges has she faced? What has she achieved in the world’s largest and most diverse international policymaking forum? What does her workday look like? Find out more during this webinar.

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5340 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Mayor of Hawijah, Subhan Al Jabouri: "Some families were completely wiped out"]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/mayor-of-hawijah-subhan-al-jabouri-some-families-were-completely-wiped-out June 2015, Dutch F-16s bombed an ISIS Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosives Devices factory in Hawijah, Iraq. Secondary explosions caused by the airstrike killed at least 70 civilians and wounded hundreds more. Subhan Al Jabouri, Hawaijah’s mayor explains how the bombardment still affects the daily life in the city: ”The horror of this strike had a profound psychological effect on the psyche of the victims, as it led to the death of dozens of families and the injury of hundreds. Some families were completely wiped out, others lost at least three or four family members."

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5341 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 21:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Nuclear weapons soon to be illegal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nuclear-weapons-soon-to-be-illegal Nuclear weapons are about to become illegal. The UN treaty banning nuclear weapons will go into force in January now that the 50th country has ratified it. “This is a huge step towards a nuclear-free world,” said PAX's Susi Snyder.

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5342 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Protect civilians from the use of explosive weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/protect-civilians-from-the-use-of-explosive-weapons Better protection of civilians is needed against the effects of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. This is what PAX and the British organization Airwars found in their investigation into the use of explosive weapons in recent international military campaigns in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Hawija, and in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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5343 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[In new report, Syrians show why it is not safe to return]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/in-new-report-syrians-show-why-it-is-not-safe-to-return It is still not safe for refugees to return to Syria. Just ask those who have done so.

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5344 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Indigenous Guard in Colombia wins award]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/indigenous-guard-in-colombia-wins-award The Indigenous Guard of Cauca in Colombia has received a prestigious international human rights award.

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5345 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nobel Prize committee puts hunger as a war strategy on the international agenda]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nobel-prize-committee-puts-hunger-as-a-war-strategy-on-the-international-agenda PAX congratulates World Food Programme (WFP) with the Nobel Peace Prize 2020. According to the Nobel Committee, the WFP not only contributes to the global fight against hunger, but also to stability and peace. "Acute hunger can often be traced back to armed conflict. Unintentionally, or on the contrary as a deliberate war strategy," says Anna Timmerman, general director of PAX. "The recognition of WFP's work will hopefully give an impulse to combating hunger as a war strategy.

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5346 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Civilian harm in escalated fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh must stop]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/civilian-harm-in-escalated-fighting-over-nagorno-karabakh-must-stop In the past week the ‘frozen conflict’ between Armenia and Azerbaijan has escalated into heavy fighting. On Monday over 220 people were already reportedly killed, among whom reportedly also civilians. This death toll will only be increasing as long as the fighting continues.

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5347 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Flooding badly damages Kuron Peace Village]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/flooding-badly-damages-kuron-peace-village The Kuron Peace Village in South Sudan has been badly damaged by flooding. Peace Village employee Prisca Wani says, “The floods have been disastrous. Everything we worked for for sixteen years was destroyed in one day.” The Kuron Peace Village is a partner of PAX.

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5348 Fri, 02 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Deadly drones increasingly deployed in conflicts, more control is needed]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/deadly-drones-increasingly-deployed-in-conflicts-more-control-is-needed The rapidly growing use of deadly drones is profoundly shaping state and armed groups’ capacities to wage war. It could have significant regional security implications. In a new report, titled Violent Skies, peace organization PAX conducted research on the use of drones in the wars in Yemen and Ukraine. At least 40 different drones from 12 different countries have been deployed. It's time to control drones, according to PAX.

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5349 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Conference on how the revive the Colombian Peace Agreement]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/conference-on-how-the-revive-the-colombian-peace-agreement The Colombian Peace Agreement was signed four years ago this Saturday, but not enough has been done to make it a success. On the contrary. Objectives are not met and violence is everywhere. So on September 26, the Colombian collective of civil society organisations Defendamos la Paz (Let us defend peace) presents ‘The world demands peace’. An international, virtual conference towards the implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement.

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5350 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Human Rights Council, help bridge Yemen's 'acute accountability gap']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/human-rights-council-help-bridge-yemens-acute-accountability-gap States should help pave the way towards credible accountability and redress for the people of Yemen by renewing and strengthening international investigations into war crimes, other serious violations of international humanitarian law, and grave human rights abuses during this 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council), 24 organizations said today.

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5351 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[No peace without women]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-peace-without-women “The role of women in conflict resolution cannot be overestimated,” says Anna Timmerman, general director of PAX.

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5352 Sun, 20 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Fragile peace in South Sudan needs support]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/fragile-peace-in-south-sudan-needs-support South Sudan is one of the countries most vulnerable to the negative impacts of the corona crisis, a situation compounded by years of fighting.

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5353 Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Dutch announcement to hold Syria accountable is welcome step on long road towards justice]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-announcement-to-hold-syria-accountable-is-welcome-step-on-long-road-towards-justice The Dutch government today announced that it will hold Syria responsible under international law for gross human rights violations, especially torture. Syria has been informed of the decision by a diplomatic note, which is a first step in a series of steps that may lead to a case in an international court. Syrian partners of PAX welcome the Dutch initiative as an important step on the long road towards justice and hope it sets a clear signal that the international community is determined to hold those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria accountable.

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5354 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA['The country is boiling': Anti-government activists in Iraq are living in fear as assassinations become increasingly frequent]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-country-is-boiling-anti-government-activists-in-iraq-are-living-in-fear-as-assassinations-become-increasingly-frequent Two Iraqi activists, Riham Yaqoub and Tahseen Osama, were murdered in Basra, in the south of Iraq, by unidentified assailants last week. Two other activists were also attacked by gunmen. Since the start of the anti-government protests in Iraq in October 2019, Iraqi political activists, protestors and journalists have been facing violent assaults, assassinations, and forced disappearances.

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5355 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Farmland on fire in northeast Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/farmland-on-fire-in-northeast-syria Hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the Hasakah governorate in northeast Syria have been scorched by fires, according to new satellite analysis conducted by PAX.

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5356 Mon, 24 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Beirut explosion comes on top of already enormous problems]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/beirut-explosion-comes-on-top-of-already-enormous-problems Like the rest of the world, PAX is shocked by the devastating events in Beirut, Lebanon. We are in close contact with our friends and partners. Our hearts and thoughts go out to them, and all people in Lebanon, affected by this terrible disaster.

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5357 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[My anger motivates and fuels me in my activism against nuclear weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/my-anger-motivates-and-fuels-me-in-my-activism-against-nuclear-weapons On Thursday August 6th, it will be exactly 75 years since the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were carried out. Setsuko Thurlow was 13 years old when the bomb fell on Hiroshima, miraculously she survived. Setsuko has become one of the faces of the global fight against nuclear weapons. In December 2017, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and PAX. Despite her busy schedule, PAX's nuclear specialist Susi Snyder was allowed to call her.

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5358 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Dawoud al-Ghoul released, but with conditions]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dawoud-al-ghoul-released-but-with-conditions PAX contact in East Jerusalem Dawoud al-Ghoul was released on conditions yesterday after his arrest had been extended twice. Unfortunately the release doesn’t mean the case is over. While no charges have been filed against him, conditions including house arrest, financial bail and contact limitation have been imposed pending an ongoing investigation.

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5359 Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian cultural leader in East Jerusalem]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/israeli-security-forces-arrest-palestinian-cultural-leader-in-east-jerusalem Israeli security forces arrested 3 Palestinian cultural leaders in East Jerusalem yesterday. Rania Elias, director of the Yabous cultural centre and Suhail Khoury, director of the Edward Said National Conservatory for Music, were released the same day but Dawoud al-Ghoul, head of the Jerusalem Arts Network, remains in custody.

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5360 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[A river of toxic waste flows through Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/a-river-of-toxic-waste-flows-through-syria Rivers of crude oil and oil waste are flowing through northeast Syria, with no solution in sight for the thousands of people affected by the pollution.

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5361 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Iraqi activist letter to UN gets over 7,000 signatures]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/iraqi-activist-letter-to-un-gets-over-7000-signatures A letter to the United Nations calling for equal rights for women in Iraq and for protection during demonstrations has gotten more than 7,000 signatures here in the Netherlands.

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5362 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Women in Iraq fight back]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/women-in-iraq-fight-back A young woman from al-Anbar who escaped ISIS and survived sexual assault; a woman from Mosul who confronted the violations she faced after her husband was killed and she was taken to a refugee camp; a woman from Basra who challenged social taboos when her husband started beating and raping her.

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5363 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Norwegian Government Pension Fund: exclude nuclear weapons producers from investments]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/norwegian-government-pension-fund-exclude-nuclear-weapons-producers-from-investments The ethical committee of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund recommended this week to include significant policy improvements on issues that PAX has advocated for, including nuclear weapons, lethal autonomous weapons and controversial arms trade. In brief, it builds the norm against weapons causing indiscriminate harm and against the controversial arms trade.

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5364 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace, like charity, starts at home]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-like-charity-starts-at-home A message of solidarity from PAX

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5365 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX side events to 2020 UNSC Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-side-events-to-2020-unsc-open-debate-on-the-protection-of-civilians PAX urged the United Nations Security Council, UN Member States and the UN Secretariat to take urgent, bold and practical steps to improve the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

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5366 Mon, 08 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Saving the Environment, Saving People and Building Peace]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/saving-the-environment-saving-people-and-building-peace People suffer from conflicts even after the fighting is over. Toxic pollutants released in the fighting can have devastating and long-term effects. Conflict-related environmental damage can affect the soil and food we eat, the air that we breath and water we drink and use to grow crops.

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5367 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Good news for PAX: new strategic partnership with Ministry of Foreign Affairs]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/good-news-for-pax-new-strategic-partnership-with-ministry-of-foreign-affairs PAX has once again been selected as a strategic partner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Together with Amnesty International Netherlands, ABAAD and DefendDefenders, the peace organisation submitted an application under the subsidy framework Power of Voices. The proposal ‘Strengthening Civil Courage’ has been highly rated and finishes in third place out of twenty selected proposals. The amount awarded to the alliance is not yet known. The new partnership starts in 2021 and lasts five years.

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5368 Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Support Iraqi women as they fight for their rights]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/support-iraqi-women-as-they-fight-for-their-rights PAX joins four Iraqi women to campaign for the right to demonstrate, non-violently and without fear of reprisal, once corona measures are lifted.

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5369 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX calls for EU to stop Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-eu-to-stop-israeli-annexation-of-parts-of-the-west-bank PAX calls on European foreign ministers to agree on concrete measures to show that Israeli annexation of parts of the Palestinian Occupied Territories in the West Bank will have consequences.

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5370 Thu, 14 May 2020 16:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Most Dutch pension funds still lack robust human rights policies]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/most-dutch-pension-funds-still-lack-robust-human-rights-policies Responsible investment policies at Dutch pension funds remain insufficient in spite of some progress. This is evident from a new study by the Fair Pension Guide, a collaboration between PAX and four other Dutch NGOs.

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5371 Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Bring peacebuilding home: Making the case for peacebuilding in Europe]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/bring-peacebuilding-home-making-the-case-for-peacebuilding-in-europe Peace organization PAX participates in the 2020 Virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development as an official Forum partner. PAX was selected by the Forum to host the 'Bring Peacebuilding Home: Making the Case for Peacebuilding in Europe' session which will be taking place on Friday 15 May.

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5372 Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[COVID-19 in Lebanon: Big Impact on Refugees and Host Communities]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/covid-19-in-lebanon-big-impact-on-refugees-and-host-communities The COVID-19 crisis in Lebanon calls for immediate action, because the effects on the many refugees and the rest of the country are enormous. Research done by organizations gathered in the Refugee Protection Watch, including PAX, covers the impact of the crisis on the humanitarian situation, issues regarding discrimination against refugees, its impact on human rights and the work of civil society.

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5373 Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Large companies, please stop selling out human rights due to corona crisis]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/large-companies-please-stop-selling-out-human-rights-due-to-corona-crisis Large companies should not misuse the corona crisis by selling out human rights. But that is exactly what’s happening at the moment. “In times of crisis, companies should not lose sight of the people who work for them in low-wage countries and conflict areas,” says PAX Programme Lead Joris van de Sandt.

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5374 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX Calls for Action on Global COVID-19 Ceasefire]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-action-on-global-covid-19-ceasefire PAX and more than 190 organizations have called upon the United Nations Security Council to help realize a global ceasefire in order to combat the coronavirus. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for such a global ceasefire, and over 70 countries have already expressed their support. Now UN Member States must put words into action

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5375 Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX and the COVID-19 response]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-and-the-covid-19-response PAX and its partners in fifteen countries across the globe believe that international solidarity, respect for human rights and a focus on peacebuilding need to be at the core of a coordinated international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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5376 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Hope is the best cure for fear]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/hope-is-the-best-cure-for-fear The corona crisis affects everything and everyone, including PAX’s peace work. Anna Timmerman, our General Director, on the consequences of the pandemic: “PAX members continue to fight for those living in conflict countries.”

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5377 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace in the time of corona]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-in-the-time-of-corona The corona crisis has the world in its grip. This of course includes the areas where PAX is working.

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5378 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Water access to north east Syria cut off by Turkey-backed armed groups]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/water-access-to-north-east-syria-cut-off-by-turkey-backed-armed-groups Dealing with the outbreak of coronavirus is hard enough in countries at peace. For hundreds of thousands of people living in north east Syria, fighting the pandemic is complicated by the fact that their water has been cut off.

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5379 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Colombia: Armed groups using corona crisis as cover to kill]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombia-armed-groups-using-corona-crisis-as-cover-to-kill After eight human rights defenders were assassinated, and others have received death threats, Colombian activists fear that the health crisis caused by the coronavirus is being exploited by illegal armed groups.

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5380 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Signs of progress: environment and conflict in the UN Security Council]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/signs-of-progress-environment-and-conflict-in-the-un-security-council The environmental impact of wars, armed conflicts and military activities poses significant challenges to lives and livelihoods of affected communities and the natural resources they depend on.

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5381 Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Human reality of drones strikes]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/human-reality-of-drones-strikes ‘What did we do to be targeted by armed drones?’ This is an often-heard question from civilians living under the rapidly increasing presence of armed drones in countries like Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. PAX, an international NGO, is launching a new report at the United Nations Headquarters in New York that aims to translate the legal debate around the disputed use of armed drones in secret counter-terrorism operations into the everyday life challenges of survivors of drone strikes.

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5382 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Major Tech Companies may be putting world at risk from Killer Robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/major-tech-companies-may-be-putting-world-at-risk-from-killer-robots Google and IBM aren't building lethal Autonomous Weapons; Amazon and Microsoft won't say

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5383 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[EU, immediately stop any violence against civilians at the Greek border]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/eu-immediately-stop-any-violence-against-civilians-at-the-greek-border PAX is seriously concerned about recent developments at the Greek borders and the EU's response.

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5384 Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[No fly-zone over Idlib necessary first step to end escalation of violence]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-fly-zone-over-idlib-necessary-first-step-to-end-escalation-of-violence Friday march 6th European foreign ministers will meet for an emergency meeting on Idlib. Around a million people in Northwest Syria are on the run for the military offensive by the Assad regime supported by Russia. They are trapped because the Turkish border is closed.

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5385 Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Universities should help prevent development of killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/universities-should-help-prevent-development-of-killer-robots Universities around the world are at risk of contributing, intentionally or by accident, to the development of lethal autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots. In a new research project, PAX is starting a conversation with students, scientists and universities about how to deal with this risk.

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5386 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Is the Iran nuclear deal dead?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/is-the-iran-nuclear-deal-dead No, the Iran nuclear deal is not dead. The US did pull out, but that was not the end of the agreement.

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5387 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX condemns US reversal on landmines]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-condemns-us-reversal-on-landmines PAX condemns US President Donald Trump’s new policy allowing the US military to use landmines more frequently.

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5388 Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Trump 'peace' plan ignores international law]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/trump-peace-plan-ignores-international-law The plan for the Middle East that US President Donald Trump has presented is not a peace plan – it is a call for Palestinian surrender.

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5389 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[UN Security Council discusses the protection of the environment during armed conflict]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/un-security-council-discusses-the-protection-of-the-environment-during-armed-conflict To highlight the devastating impact of armed conflict on the environment, Kuwait convened an Arria-formula meeting on the 7th of November on the 'Protection of the Environment During Armed Conflict.' The meeting, co-sponsored by the German Mission to the United Nations, was timed to coincide with the UN’s annual International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict - #EnvConflictDay. The full debate can be watched online here. PAX’s Babette Schenkels and Wim Zwijnenburg review the debate.

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5390 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Less prejudice and discrimination thanks to PAX project]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/less-prejudice-and-discrimination-thanks-to-pax-project The project The Story of a Refugee helps to reduce prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. This is the conclusion of a study by the Integration and Society Knowledge Platform (KIS).

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5391 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Think before you act: Don't arm the Dutch Reaper drone]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/think-before-you-act-dont-arm-the-dutch-reaper-drone The assassination of Iranian General Suleimani by an American Reaper drone has led to rising tensions in the Middle East. The same weekend in Libya, a rocket fired by an Emirati drone killed dozens of government recruits.

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5392 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Civilians caught in the middle of US-Iranian escalation]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/civilians-caught-in-the-middle-of-us-iranian-escalation Over the past weeks the tensions between the US and Iran escalated with the assassination of general Qasem Suleimani, head of the Iranian al-Quds force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, deputy commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). Iran retaliated with missile attacks on US military targets. The tragic downing of the Ukrainian plane showed how civilians are at risk and disregarded in this escalation.

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5393 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New testimonies against mining multinational Drummond]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-testimonies-against-mining-multinational-drummond Six managers of mining company Drummond have been interrogated in a criminal investigation that has recently been started by the Colombian public prosecution. A total of 12 new testimonies shed light on the alleged links between Drummond and paramilitaries that are deemed responsible for many deaths and displacements in the region in the 1996-2006 period. Displaced communities have reacted by emphasizing their right to remedy and the need for a dialogue between mining companies and victims on truth and reconciliation.

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5394 Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New PAX General Director: An optimist in the midst of conflict and war]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-pax-general-director-an-optimist-in-the-midst-of-conflict-and-war Anna Timmerman, a born optimist who wants to touch people’s lives, has started work in her new role as PAX’s new General Director. Timmerman has fought for human rights both privately and professionally and will continue to do so at PAX. Hein Bosman spoke with her recently about peace, getting life lessons from her young children and the impact of the digital era on societies worldwide.

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5395 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX calls for an immediate cessation of attacks on civilians in Idlib]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-an-immediate-cessation-of-attacks-on-civilians-in-idlib Russian and Syrian planes cause death and destruction in the towns and villages in southern Idlib, Syria. Targets of the attacks include houses, bakeries, and market places. Civilians who try to escape the violence are attacked and shot at on the roads they hoped would lead to safety.

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5396 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[2019: A year of fleeing and protesting]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/2019-a-year-of-fleeing-and-protesting As we celebrate Christmas and look forward to a new year, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that was.

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5397 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX briefs the UN Security Council on Conflict and Environment]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-briefs-the-un-security-council-on-conflict-and-environment Amidst growing awareness of the linkages between environment, peace and security, PAX and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) were invited by the governments of Estonia, Germany, Kuwait, and Peru to brief UN Security Council members at an Arria-formula meeting on protection of the environment in armed conflict (PERAC) on December 9, 2019.

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5398 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Syria, free the Douma 4]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syria-free-the-douma-4 PAX joins forces with other international and Syrian organizations in call for transparency and justice for the thousands of missing and detained people in Syria.

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5399 Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[EU, discuss the issues of using armed drones]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/eu-discuss-the-issues-of-using-armed-drones Despite many issues concerning the use of armed drones, discussions are absent on the legal, ethical, and strategic aspects of using them. “While the EU is taking ambitious steps to improve defence cooperation and capabilities, it risks losing sight of sustainable solutions for security issues”, says Foeke Postma, senior program officer at PAX. “This becomes especially clear when looking at the EU’s development of armed drones.”

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5400 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Dutch pensions helping human rights abusers]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-pensions-helping-human-rights-abusers Of the ten largest Dutch pension funds, nine invest a total of more than one billion euros in dubious weapons manufacturers.

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5401 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New General Director PAX]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-general-director-pax Anna Timmerman has been named as PAX's new General Director.

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5402 Mon, 25 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Try Dutch ISIS fighters in the Netherlands]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/try-dutch-isis-fighters-in-the-netherlands ISIS fighters must be put on trial. But where, and how?

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5403 Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New poll: big majority backs ban on Killer Robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-poll-big-majority-backs-ban-on-killer-robots A large majority of people in 10 European countries want their country to work towards an international ban on killer robots. This is one of the results of a new YouGov poll commissioned by PAX.

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5404 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[The era of killer robots is upon us]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-era-of-killer-robots-is-upon-us Turkey’s state-owned arms manufacturer produces the Kargu, a kamikaze drone that can select targets based on facial recognition. Some reports suggest Kargu will soon be deployed on the Turkish-Syrian theater. The 'Mini Harpy' from Israel can also independently detect, attack and destroy enemy targets.

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5405 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Colombia: People Power]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombia-people-power A woman who went from being a mother and a nurse to the president of a regional victims' organization (Asamblea Campesina del Cesar, Peasant Assembly of Cesar).

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5406 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[What we can still learn from the fall of the Berlin Wall]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/what-we-can-still-learn-from-the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall Did we learn anything from the fall of the Berlin Wall? Thirty years later, we seem to have forgotten what can happen when ordinary people unite for human rights and democracy. They must be supported, especially those people standing up for their rights in Lebanon, Iraq and Sudan.

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5407 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Act now to protect people and the environment]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/act-now-to-protect-people-and-the-environment The international community needs to take bold actions before, during and after armed conflicts to protect people and the environment.

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5408 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[UN truck donated to Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/un-truck-donated-to-srebrenica-potocari-memorial-center The Dutch government has donated a military truck, a so-called “four-tonner”, to the Memorial Center Srebrenica-Potocari.

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5409 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[NIBC first bank worldwide to adopt policy against killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nibc-first-bank-worldwide-to-adopt-policy-against-killer-robots Dutch Bank NIBC is the first bank globally to decide to preventively exclude companies that produce lethal autonomous weapons systems. PAX is happy with this step and with the reasoning behind it. Robin Willing from NIBC said: “These weapons are inherently designed to threaten and inflict harm. We don’t want to invest in them.”

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5410 Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[No against investments in nukes grows stronger]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-against-investments-in-nukes-grows-stronger New research by PAX and ICAN shows more and more financial institutions are saying no to nuclear weapons. The Don’t Bank on the Bomb report, Beyond the Bomb, profiles 77 banks, pension funds, insurance companies and other financial institutions with policies to not invest in nuclear weapons producers. This is an increase of 14 since the 2018 report.

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5411 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Prodeco-Glencore reflects on possible complicity in human rights abuses]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/prodeco-glencore-reflects-on-possible-complicity-in-human-rights-abuses Mining company Prodeco-Glencore seems to take steps in seriously assessing its human rights impact in mining region of Cesar. In its recently published Sustainability Report the Swiss mining company acknowledges the possibility of ‘complicity with human rights abuses by the armed forces’ and being ‘linked to breaches of international humanitarian law.’

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5412 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nobel Prize is justified recognition for peace work in the Horn of Africa]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nobel-prize-is-justified-recognition-for-peace-work-in-the-horn-of-africa PAX warmly congratulates Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2019. Ahmed managed to end the years of struggle between Ethiopia and neighboring country Eritrea. He has been rapidly implementing democratic reforms since his appointment in April 2018.

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5413 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX: Turkey, stop offensive!]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-turkey-stop-offensive The Turkish offensive in north-east Syria has started. Villages and cities alongside the border have been bombed and are under fire of artillery. Turkish troops are entering Syria to fight, with the help of mainly Arab loyal militias, mainly Kurdish forces. Reportedly one aim is to create a “safe zone”, to be emptied for the “resettlement” of 2 million Syrian refugees that are now residing in Turkey.

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5414 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA['Show solidarity, prevent mass atrocities in North East Syria']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/show-solidarity-prevent-mass-atrocities-in-north-east-syria International solidarity is needed to prevent mass atrocities against Arab and Kurdish citizens in the North East of Syria, PAX’ partners in Syria claim.

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5415 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:29:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Stop violence against Iraqi protesters, listen to them]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/stop-violence-against-iraqi-protesters-listen-to-them The violent response by the Iraqi government to peaceful protests should stop immediately. Last week Iraqi citizens – mostly young people – took to the streets in the capital Baghdad, non-violently demonstrating against the current living conditions in their country.

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5416 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Recognition for peacebuilding and reconciliation in the Balkans]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/recognition-for-peacebuilding-and-reconciliation-in-the-balkans A new generation of young people committed to peace and human rights has received the prestigious Václav Havel Prize. The prize is named after one of the founders of Charta '77 which advocated a peaceful overthrow of the communists in Czechoslovakia. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights receives the award for its outstanding work on peacebuilding and reconciliation in former Yugoslavia.

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5417 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[12 more states join the Nuclear Ban Treaty]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/12-more-states-join-the-nuclear-ban-treaty 12 more states haven taken a step towards banning nuclear weapons.

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5418 Mon, 30 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[EnBW puts PR above Human Rights]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/enbw-puts-pr-above-human-rights PAX has ended its engagement with German energy company EnBW. PAX came to this decision, together with the German NGOs MISEREOR and Urgewald, after EnBW published a report on its Colombian coal supply.

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5419 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace Week]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-week It’s Peace Week here in the Netherlands. PAX is organizing hundreds of activities throughout the country: from film evenings to lecture tours and from festivals to debates. There’s something for everyone. The theme of this year’s Peace Week is ‘Peace unites across borders’.

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5420 Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Colombia, breathe new life into Peace Process]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombia-breathe-new-life-into-peace-process PAX urges leaders in Colombia to redouble their efforts to implement the Peace Accords. The recent top FARC commander’s announcement of “a new stage of fighting” should not torpedo the entire process.

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5421 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[People have the power to stop nuclear weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/people-have-the-power-to-stop-nuclear-weapons In the early 1990s, tens of thousands of people surrounded the SemiPalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan.

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5422 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Dialogue police in Ukraine getting help from PAX partner]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dialogue-police-in-ukraine-getting-help-from-pax-partner PAX's main partner in Ukraine is going to help train a special dialogue police recently established there.

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5423 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Court recognizes Dutch mistakes in Srebenica]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/court-recognizes-dutch-mistakes-in-srebenica The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that Dutch soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Srebrenica should not have sent away the more than 300 men who were at their compound in July 1995. They ruled this an unlawful act.

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5424 Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty turns two]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty-turns-two Two years year ago the UN adopted a treaty banning all nuclear weapons. On 7 July, 2017, 122 countries decided enough was enough, nuclear weapons need to be banned outright.

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5425 Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Syrians ask Pope Francis to appeal to Putin]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syrians-ask-pope-francis-to-appeal-to-putin A group of Syrians in Idlib are asking Pope Francis to talk about their dire situation when he receives Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on 4 July.

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5426 Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Idlib: 5 things you need to know]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/idlib-5-things-you-need-to-know The war in Syria is not over. As the attacks on the province of Idlib intensify, we at PAX want to break the silence and tell the world what is happening there. Read these five points to brush up on Idlib, then click on the links below to make yourself heard.

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5427 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Extreme violence against peaceful demonstrators Sudan must stop]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/extreme-violence-against-peaceful-demonstrators-sudan-must-stop Dozens of people died and hundreds were injured. Such is the result of the attack that security forces opened on peaceful demonstrators in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

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5428 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Challenges ahead for EU as peace project]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/challenges-ahead-for-eu-as-peace-project The results of the elections for the European parliament mark the beginning of a new challenging time for the European Union.

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5429 Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Silence won't stop the hell in Idlib]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/silence-wont-stop-the-hell-in-idlib For those who still dare to follow the news from Idlib in Syria, it is difficult to escape feelings of despondency and powerlessness.

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5430 Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX and 43 other Syrian and international NGOs call for immediate end to attacks on civilians and hospitals in Idlib, Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-and-43-other-syrian-and-international-ngos-call-for-immediate-end-to-attacks-on-civilians-and-hospitals-in-idlib-syria Three million civilians in northwest Syria are scared and many are homeless. With no concrete actions taken beyond political statements and promises, Syria and the world may soon be witnessing the “worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century”. Rescue and medical workers on the ground are warning that they have not seen such ferocious attacks in eight years in Idlib. If the conflict continues to escalate, as many as 700,000 people could be displaced from their homes in Syria’s last opposition stronghold.

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5431 Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Mining companies speak out jointly against threats to social leaders]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/mining-companies-speak-out-jointly-against-threats-to-social-leaders Mining companies Prodeco, Drummond, Cerrejón and CNR have responded jointly to death threats against Colombian social leaders. The leaders received these death threats shortly after a meeting with Dutch MPs about the human rights situation in the Cesar coal mining region.

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5432 Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Report: Turkish control in Afrin worsens ethnic tension]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/report-turkish-control-in-afrin-worsens-ethnic-tension After an offensive carried out by the Turkish army and Syrian militias in March 2018 in the Syrian city of Afrin, ethnic tensions in the district have gotten much worse.

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5433 Tue, 21 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Death threats after a conversation with Dutch MPs in Colombia]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/death-threats-after-a-conversation-with-dutch-mps-in-colombia Several Colombian social leaders have received death threats shortly after a meeting with Dutch MPs about the human rights situation in the Cesar coal mining region. These social leaders stand up for labor rights and victims of paramilitary violence. Between 1996 and 2006 thousands of people were killed and 55,000 farmers were driven from their land in the coal mining region. European energy companies are buying large amounts of coal from Cesar and are the most important customers of mining companies operating in this region.

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5434 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Breakthrough: Dutch parliament calls for international rules on killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/breakthrough-dutch-parliament-calls-for-international-rules-on-killer-robots The Dutch Parliament adopted a resolution on 14 May that calls for binding international rules on new weapons technologies, including autonomous weapons or killer robots. The resolution was proposed by government party VVD and was supported by all but 1 parties in the parliament. It calls on the Dutch government to boost a treaty on these types of weapons. PAX is excited about this resolution and the clear signal it sends to the Dutch government.

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5435 Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Prevent Killer Robots arms race]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/prevent-killer-robots-arms-race A killer robots arms race is brewing with potentially catastrophic results if states do not act quickly to stop it. PAX makes this warning in its new report “The State of AI: Artificial Intelligence, the Military and Increasingly Autonomous Weapons.” The report outlines the status of AI in military projects of seven countries: the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Israel and South Korea.

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5436 Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Which companies profit the most from nuclear weapons?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/which-companies-profit-the-most-from-nuclear-weapons PAX and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) have co-published a report showing extensive involvement of companies such as Lockheed Martin in the production of nuclear weapons.

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5437 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Deeply shocked and saddened by the bombings in Sri Lanka]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/deeply-shocked-and-saddened-by-the-bombings-in-sri-lanka PAX is deeply shocked and saddened by the Easter Sunday attacks that killed so many people in Sri Lanka. We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and sympathies to those who were wounded in the attacks.

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5438 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Netherlands against measures to prevent killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/netherlands-against-measures-to-prevent-killer-robots A growing group of European states supports concrete measures against killer robots. The Netherlands, however, are lagging behind.

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5439 Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Karadzic sentenced again]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/karadzic-sentenced-again Radovan Karadzic, former president and commander-in-chief of the Republika Srpska in Bosnia-Herzegovina, has now been sentenced to life in prison.

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5440 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[US bombs used in Yemen]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/us-bombs-used-in-yemen Twelve children and three women were killed when the bus they were riding in was bombed. This tragic event took place in the fall of 2016 in Yemen and was covered widely in the international media.

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5441 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Syria sieges still matter]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syria-sieges-still-matter The sieges in Syria are over. But the impact of sieges continues to be felt, and will be for many years to come.

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5442 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Jan Gruiters to step down as General Director of PAX]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/jan-gruiters-to-step-down-as-general-director-of-pax Jan Gruiters will step down as General Director of PAX as of 1 October this year. "I have decided to step back and make way for a successor,” says Gruiters in announcing his resignation. “It is good for new people to stand at the helm and be able to make their mark on our peacebuilding work."

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5443 Tue, 05 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX work in Colombia gets big boost from Postcode Lottery]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-work-in-colombia-gets-big-boost-from-postcode-lottery PAX has received a grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery to expand our work supporting victims in Colombia.

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5444 Tue, 05 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Peace talks Trump and Kim still have value]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-talks-trump-and-kim-still-have-value "Even with no outcomes from the Hanoi Summit between Trump and Kim, peace talks still have value", says Susi Snyder of PAX. With a starting point of “all or nothing” it is not very surprising that the talks ended early with no agreement.

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5445 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Peace and denuclearisation is possible, also in North Korea]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-and-denuclearisation-is-possible-also-in-north-korea With the upcoming US- North Korea summit on nukes, many wonder what can be done to get rid of nuclear weapons, also in North Korea. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and PAX made a plan.

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5446 Sun, 24 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[No funding for killer robot projects]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-funding-for-killer-robot-projects The European Union has agreed not to fund projects that would develop lethal autonomous weapons. That decision is part of a larger agreement on the highly controversial European Defence Fund (EDF).

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5447 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX partners with Colombian Truth Commission]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-partners-with-colombian-truth-commission PAX has become an official partner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Colombia.

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5448 Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[What if the INF nuclear weapons treaty is scrapped?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/what-if-the-inf-nuclear-weapons-treaty-is-scrapped Do you feel safe knowing there are nuclear weapons? Chances are you don’t. US President Donald Trump will suspend an important nuclear weapons treaty – one that the peace movement fought hard for. What are the consequences of breaking this treaty?

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5449 Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Drummond ends dialogue with Vattenfall on human rights]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/drummond-ends-dialogue-with-vattenfall-on-human-rights Mining multinational Drummond has ended the dialogue with European Energy giant Vattenfall, because they disagree with Vattenfall’s human rights approach.

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5450 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Doomsday: 2 minutes to midnight]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/doomsday-2-minutes-to-midnight Scientists have reset the Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes before midnight.

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5451 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Non-violent protests in Sudan growing]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/non-violent-protests-in-sudan-growing The peaceful protests taking place in Sudan for the past month are the most significant challenge to the government of Omar al-Bashir since he came to power 30 years ago.

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5452 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Most Dutch against killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/most-dutch-against-killer-robots A large majority of Dutch people are against the development of killer robots according to a recent IPSOS survey. The signal to Dutch politicians is loud and clear: prevent these weapons from becoming a reality!

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5453 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Call for a re-count in Congo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/call-for-a-re-count-in-congo PAX calls for a transparent tally of the votes in the recent elections in Congo. The Congolese government declared Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the presidential election. However, this result contradicts the findings of neutral local observers, as well as information leaked to international journalists.

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5454 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Energy companies seek solution for blood coal victims]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/energy-companies-seek-solution-for-blood-coal-victims Four major European energy companies want their coal suppliers in the mining region of Cesar in Colombia to begin a process of reconciliation with victims of human rights violations.

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5455 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[A spark of hope]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/a-spark-of-hope by Jan Gruiters

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5456 Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Important contribution to truth finding in Cesar mining region]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/important-contribution-to-truth-finding-in-cesar-mining-region During the conflict in the Cesar department of Colombia, large mining and agricultural companies have stood by while human rights violations took place. These companies must now assess their own role during this period. They need to do their part toward remedy and reparation in accordance with international standards on business and human rights, and all of this within the context of the peace process.

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5457 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Lundin Petroleum to go on trial for war crimes]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/lundin-petroleum-to-go-on-trial-for-war-crimes The CEO and Chairman of the Swedish oil company Lundin Petroleum SA have received final notice of the legal case being brought against them.

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5458 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[No future for Depleted Uranium]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-future-for-depleted-uranium 151 States in favor, 4 against and 25 abstentions. With that announcement the resolution against depleted uranium (DU) was passed. Although it is a small step, this resolution nevertheless is an important recognition of our work.

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5459 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Campaigners against sexual violence receive Peace Prize]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/campaigners-against-sexual-violence-receive-peace-prize PAX congratulates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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5460 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Blood coal victims see hope in new Colombian Truth Commission]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/blood-coal-victims-see-hope-in-new-colombian-truth-commission Victims of violence committed in the coal mining region of Cesar, Colombia, are hopeful the new Colombian Truth Commission will help them. The commission was recently inaugurated in the Colombian capital Bogotá. Representatives from the assembly representing victims, which is supported by PAX, were at the ceremony.

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5461 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New report shows divestment from cluster bombs works]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-report-shows-divestment-from-cluster-bombs-works The global treaty banning cluster munitions is having a major impact on limiting investments in these weapons.

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5462 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Time is running out on killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/time-is-running-out-on-killer-robots The UN in Geneva has decided to continue talks on killer robots in 2019. However PAX is concerned that diplomacy is moving at a glacial pace while technology is advancing rapidly .

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5463 Mon, 26 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New PAX report on European positions on autonomous weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-pax-report-on-european-positions-on-autonomous-weapons PAX launches ‘Crunch Time’ at the UN in Geneva today. The report provides an overview of the positions of European states on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), also known as ‘killer robots’. The report finds that there is a general agreement that there is a ‘red line’ beyond which increasing autonomy in weapons systems is no longer acceptable. European states also agree that there must be human control over the use of force and that there is a need to work towards concrete policy outcomes.

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5464 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX to work with peace tribunal on justice for victims in Colombia]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-to-work-with-peace-tribunal-on-justice-for-victims-in-colombia In order to give the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia better access to the justice system, and to hear more of their testimonies, PAX and the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on aspects of transitional justice agreed to in the Colombian peace accord of 2016.

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5465 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX calls to end the fighting in Yemen]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-to-end-the-fighting-in-yemen Fully half of the people living in Yemen -- fourteen million men, women and children -- on the brink of famine. It’s time to act.

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5466 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Protect the environment during armed conflict]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/protect-the-environment-during-armed-conflict People caught up in armed conflicts are not only threatened by violence – they also face dangers and insecurity due to water scarcity, life-threatening pollutants or collapsing buildings. Governments should help protect people caught up in armed conflicts by doing more to protect their environment.

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5467 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Criminal investigation into mining multinational Drummond]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/criminal-investigation-into-mining-multinational-drummond On Tuesday October 30 Colombian authorities confirmed that they have started a criminal investigation into mining company Drummond over alleged financing of paramilitary forces. The investigation confirms the seriousness of the longstanding allegations and, at the same time, the need for truth and remedy for the many victims and their communities.

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5468 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX promotes disarmament at the UN]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-promotes-disarmament-at-the-un PAX is having a busy couple of weeks at the United Nations in New York. The UN General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with all matters related to disarmament and global threats to peace, is holding its 73rd session. A number of PAX disarmament experts are there to engage with delegations on a variety subjects and UN resolutions that will be voted upon later this month.

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5469 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Prodeco advances on peace and reconciliation]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/prodeco-advances-on-peace-and-reconciliation Mining company Prodeco is leading by example by taking concrete steps that contribute to peace in Colombia. At a recent commemoration of victims in Estados Unidos, close to Prodeco’s La Jagua mine, CEO Mark McManus clearly voiced the company’s commitment to regional peacebuilding. PAX is positive about the actions taken by Prodeco as they are key towards building trust and a reconciliation dialogue.

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5470 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[ING, stop investing in nuclear weapons industry]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ing-stop-investing-in-nuclear-weapons-industry The iconic ING bank´s lion kicking away a nuclear cruise missile: that image was projected Monday night onto the ING headquarters in Amsterdam. On Tuesday morning, anyone entering the building will be tested for nuclear radiation with a Geiger counter. With these stunts, PAX is launching a campaign to get the Dutch multinational bank to stop investing in producers of nuclear weapons.

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5471 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Victims want truth and reconciliation]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/victims-want-truth-and-reconciliation Victims of paramilitary violence in the mining region of Cesar have forcefully expressed their desire for truth, reconciliation and reparation. Close to 400 people gathered in the town of Estados Unidos to commemorate massacres that took place 21 years ago in the area close to the La Jagua mine. The audience was addressed by both Padre de Roux, Head of the Colombian Truth Commission and Mark McManus, CEO of mining company Prodeco.

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5472 Sun, 30 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nobel Peace Prize condemns sexual violence]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nobel-peace-prize-condemns-sexual-violence PAX congratulates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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5473 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Basra protestors should be heard]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/basra-protestors-should-be-heard Protests have escalated once again in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

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5474 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nobel Winners Urge BNP Paribas to End Support for Nuclear Weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nobel-winners-urge-bnp-paribas-to-end-support-for-nuclear-weapons Actions around the world challenge the US$8 billion nuclear weapons related investments.

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5475 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace but still no reconciliation in Cesar mining region]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-but-still-no-reconciliation-in-cesar-mining-region Today, on International Peace Day and two years after the signing of the Colombian Peace Accord, victims in the coal mining region of Cesar are still waiting for truth and reconciliation. Program manager Joris van de Sandt: “An increasing number of actors, including European energy companies buying Colombian coal, are pushing for a reconciliation dialogue between victims of grave human rights violations and mining companies in Cesar. It's time to act.”

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5476 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Siege Watch - millions still trapped in Idlib]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/siege-watch-millions-still-trapped-in-idlib Yesterday’s agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan may postpone the military offensive the Syrian government and its allies are planning in the northern province of Idlib. But millions of civilians, most of them refugees from elsewhere in Syria, remain trapped in the province.

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5477 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[European parliament for killer robot ban]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/european-parliament-for-killer-robot-ban The European parliament has adopted a resolution calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots.

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5478 Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Majority wants limits on killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/majority-wants-limits-on-killer-robots A majority of states wants to take concrete steps against so-called killer robots. That became clear during last week’s talk at the United Nations in Geneva. However, a small number of states are still against taking such measures.

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5479 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Cluster bombs killed fewer people last year]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/cluster-bombs-killed-fewer-people-last-year Fewer people were killed by cluster bombs in 2017 than in the previous year.

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5480 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Global military drone industry expands rapidly]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/global-military-drone-industry-expands-rapidly The number of military drone producers and exporters has grown significantly in recent years, a new report released by PAX shows. While the United States, Israel and China are dominating the high-tech segment of the global drone market, emerging drone technology producers are focusing on gaining a substantial share of the middle- and small-range sector of the market for military drones.

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5481 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Belgium votes to ban killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/belgium-votes-to-ban-killer-robots The Belgian parliament has voted to ban killer robots. The resolution, which passed with unanimous consent, calls on the Belgian government to forbid the Belgian military from using lethal autonomous weapons and to work toward an international treaty banning the weapons. The Belgian vote is an important step toward an international ban.

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5482 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA["We will not make killer robots"]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/we-will-not-make-killer-robots "The decision to take human life should never be delegated to a machine." That is according to 2,300 scientists and 140 technology companies who have promised never to take part in the development, production, trade or use of lethal autonomous weapons, better known as killer robots.

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5483 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Srebrenica genocide remembered]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/srebrenica-genocide-remembered More victims of the genocide which took place on 11 July 1995 in Srebrenica are identified every year, even after 23 years.

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5484 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[It works: 5 ways the nuclear ban treaty is working]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/it-works-5-ways-the-nuclear-ban-treaty-is-working A year ago today, on 7 July 2017, the UN treaty to ban all nuclear weapons was adopted.

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5485 Sat, 07 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX calls for humane asylum policy]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-humane-asylum-policy PAX, together with twenty other NGOs, calls for the Dutch government to adopt a humane asylum policy in line with international law. This is in response to the Dutch Parliament’s approval of the EU’s new asylum plans for offshoring asylum protection.

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5486 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The failure of Eastern Ghouta]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-failure-of-eastern-ghouta The atrocities committed against civilians in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, could not have occurred without systemic international failure.

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5487 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Safeguard Chemical Weapons Treaty]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/safeguard-chemical-weapons-treaty Governments should strengthen the tools to reverse the unprecedented threat to the global ban on chemical weapons, a coalition of 21 civil society groups, including PAX, said today.

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5488 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX condemns arrest of Yemeni activists]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-condemns-arrest-of-yemeni-activists PAX condemns the detention of two prominent human rights advocates by authorities in Yemen and demands authorities ensure their safety and freedom of movement.

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5489 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[ICAN 5-step plan for next move in North Korea]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ican-5-step-plan-for-next-move-in-north-korea North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has committed to work toward denuclearization in an agreement signed with US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

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5490 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Belgian Bank divests from nuclear weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/belgian-bank-divests-from-nuclear-weapons Major Belgian Bank KBC announced last week that it will no longer invest in nuclear weapon producers.

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5491 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Unique chance for Uniper to tackle blood coal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/unique-chance-for-uniper-to-tackle-blood-coal German energy concern Uniper has a unique opportunity to contribute to a solution for the victims of blood coal in the Cesar mining region in Colombia.

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5492 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Siege era in Syria ends]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/siege-era-in-syria-ends The era of long-term government sieges in Syria is over. The last long-term government siege ended this week when the Syrian government declared Yarmouk camp to be “cleared of terrorists”. Unfortunately, however, the suffering caused by these sieges is far from over.

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5493 Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Protect freedom of expression]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/protect-freedom-of-expression PAX urges the EU to protect the freedom of expression in the light of the coordinated campaign of the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs to silence peaceful dissent.

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5494 Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Ten achievements against cluster bombs]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ten-achievements-against-cluster-bombs Eight years ago today, the Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force, prohibiting the use and production of cluster bombs. The Convention has had a major impact on many levels, including reducing the use of cluster bombs and preventing casualties.

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5495 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Voting exposes divided Colombia]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/voting-exposes-divided-colombia Colombians voted Sunday in the first presidential elections since the signing of the peace accord with the FARC in 2016. The results of this first round of elections reflect a country deeply divided.

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5496 Mon, 28 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[No boycott of Israel]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-boycott-of-israel “PAX does not call for a boycott of Israel, and never has,” says General Director Jan Gruiters.

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5497 Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New Director of Programmes at PAX]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-director-of-programmes-at-pax Miriam Struyk is the new Director of Programmes at PAX.

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5498 Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[First post-ISIS elections in Iraq]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/first-post-isis-elections-in-iraq Do young people vote differently than their parents? And do they feel free from sectarian politics? That’s what Thirsa de Vries, PAX programme leader on Iraq, had hoped. But the election results do no paint a clear picture when it comes to young people’s affiliations.

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5499 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Google, stop working with the Pentagon]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/google-stop-working-with-the-pentagon More than 300 computer science academics and researchers expressed their solidarity with Google employees protesting the company’s involvement with the Pentagon.

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5500 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[South Sudanese bishop wins prestigious award]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/south-sudanese-bishop-wins-prestigious-award South Sudanese Bishop Paride Taban, a PAX partner, will receive the Freedom of Worship Award, one of the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards, on Wednesday 16 May.

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5501 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[US wrong to step out of Iran deal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/us-wrong-to-step-out-of-iran-deal PAX condemns the US decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran as announced earlier today by US President Donald Trump.

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5502 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX denounces new US drone policy]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-denounces-new-us-drone-policy The US government recently announced a new export policy for armed drones. The new policy makes it easier for the US to sell these weapon systems to other countries.

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5503 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Fragmented Jerusalem]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/fragmented-jerusalem On 14 May, the United States will move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A highly controversial step, since it departs from the international consensus that any change in the status of the city will only be internationally recognized after Israeli’s and Palestinians have mutually agreed on its future status.

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5504 Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Are EU states complicit in US drone programme?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/are-eu-states-complicit-in-us-drone-programme Nineteen organizations are concerned about possible EU member countries´ complicity in the US armed drones programme.

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5505 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Ban on killer robots gaining ground]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ban-on-killer-robots-gaining-ground The number of countries pushing for a ban on killer robots is growing. This is one of the results of a week of talks held by the UN last week in Geneva.

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5506 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Protect civilians in Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/protect-civilians-in-syria The military strikes by the US, France and the UK against targets in Syria on Saturday did little to help protect Syrian civilians.

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5507 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The War in Syria - 5 questions about Ghouta]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-war-in-syria-5-questions-about-ghouta PAX experts answer five questions about what is happening in Ghouta now that regime forces are in control.

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5508 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX advice on non-government controlled areas in Ukraine]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-advice-on-non-government-controlled-areas-in-ukraine At the beginning of this year, the Ukrainian government adopted a legislative act, which in the public discourse came to be known as the Donbas reintegration bill. This new law addresses the non-government controlled areas (NGCAs) in Donbas region of Ukraine, which is a territory, where Russia-backed rebels are in military confrontation with the government of Ukraine.

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5509 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Reintegrating former combatants in Colombia]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/reintegrating-former-combatants-in-colombia After years of war, former combatants in Colombia are returning to the communities they left when they went to fight. The weapons have been laid down and the wounds are slowly beginning to heal. But the reintegration of former combatants remains precarious. PAX supports the indigenous authorities in their call for community reintegration. “It is not just the individual that needs to be taken into account, but also the social context, the family and the community,” says Joris van de Sandt, programme leader at PAX.

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5510 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[UN should ban killer robots a.s.a.p.]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/un-should-ban-killer-robots-asap “To prevent a future of killer robots, we must have a legally-binding treaty. Nothing less will do,” says Miriam Struyk of PAX. She is in Geneva to attend a week of UN meetings on lethal autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots.

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5511 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Dutch support for reconciliation in mining region]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-support-for-reconciliation-in-mining-region Dutch Minister Blok will visit Colombia today bringing along a message of support for peace and for a reconciliation dialogue between mining companies and victims of human rights violations in the coal mining region of Cesar. In the lead up to Blok’s visit his colleague minister Kaag (Foreign Aid and Trade) welcomed a resolution of the Dutch Parliament which asked for this support.

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5512 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Ghouta: it's not over]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ghouta-its-not-over Thousands of people are being forced to leave Eastern Ghouta as the Syrian army and its allies close in on the remaining areas under opposition control. For months now, Siege Watch has been warning about what is now happening in Eastern Ghouta.

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5513 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX report: more investments in nuclear weapon producers]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-report-more-investments-in-nuclear-weapon-producers Three hundred and twenty-nine financial institutions invested US$525 billion in 20 nuclear weapon producers between 2014 and 2017. This is shown by the new report ‘Don’t Bank on the Bomb’, released by PAX and Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) today.

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5514 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Save Ghouta: More than 400,000 people face death]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/save-ghouta-more-than-400000-people-face-death As more than 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta face death, PAX calls on the UN, the EU and their member states to take immediate action to stop this massacre. The situation in Ghouta no longer allows politicians to limit their actions to statements and expressions of grief and powerlessness.

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5515 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Attacks intensify: more civilians killed in Ghouta]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/attacks-intensify-more-civilians-killed-in-ghouta The attacks on the besieged city of Eastern Ghouta, not far from the Syrian capital Damascus, have escalated in the last few days.

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5516 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Colombian government supports dialogue in Cesar]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombian-government-supports-dialogue-in-cesar The Colombian government supports a dialogue between mining companies active in Cesar and victims of the armed conflict.

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5517 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX remembers Ruud Lubbers]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-remembers-ruud-lubbers PAX mourns the passing of former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, who died yesterday at his home in Rotterdam. PAX is grateful to Mr. Lubbers for his important efforts toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

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5518 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Serious threats against human rights defenders in Cesar mining region]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/serious-threats-against-human-rights-defenders-in-cesar-mining-region Colombian human rights defenders that visited a recent meeting with the German and Dutch ambassadors have received death threats of a paramilitary group. The Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC) declared that they will 'exterminate' all those in the mining region of Cesar 'who think they are human rights defenders'. PAX Program leader Joris van de Sandt: “PAX calls upon both Colombian authorities to protect human rights defenders and mining companies to distance themselves from the paramilitary group that issued the threat.”

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5519 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Bishop Paride Taban wins Four Freedoms Award]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/bishop-paride-taban-wins-four-freedoms-award South Sudanese Bishop Paride Taban will receive the Freedom of Worship Award, one of the Four Freedoms Awards presented every other year in Middelburg, the Netherlands.

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5520 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Chlorine Used as Weapon in Douma, Damascus]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/chlorine-used-as-weapon-in-douma-damascus On the morning of February 1 2018, local activists reported the use of chemical rockets filled with chlorine against opposition held territory in the west of Douma, Damascus.

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5521 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New US nuclear weapons policy irresponsible]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-us-nuclear-weapons-policy-irresponsible The new US nuclear policy is damaging to the global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime, and is irresponsible in a number of significant ways.

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5522 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New Siege Watch: Urgent action needed to save Eastern Ghouta]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-siege-watch-urgent-action-needed-to-save-eastern-ghouta Eastern Ghouta, a besieged opposition-held enclave East of Damascus, is facing a man-made humanitarian disaster.

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5523 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX celebrates Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-celebrates-nobel-peace-prize-awarded-to-ican December 10, 2017, was a festive day for PAX! We are incredibly proud that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Sunday afternoon.

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5524 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Debating the future of South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/debating-the-future-of-south-sudan A group of concerned citizens in South Sudan warns that the situation in the country is likely to become even worse unless a genuine, inclusive political process can be started immediately.

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5525 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[INTERVIEW: Amal's fight against sexual and gender-based violence in Iraq]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/interview-amals-fight-against-sexual-and-gender-based-violence-in-iraq During the '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence', PAX highlights the groundbreaking work of Amal AI-Lami, program manager for the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, one of PAX partners in the programme 'Engendering the Transition to Peace and Security' in Iraq.

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5526 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Iraqis fear conflict pollution will not be cleaned up]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/iraqis-fear-conflict-pollution-will-not-be-cleaned-up A new PAX report reveals how the conflict in Iraq has left a toxic trail of destruction which could have severe health consequences for Iraqis and could complicate reconstruction efforts.

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5527 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Japanese companies divest from cluster bombs]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/japanese-companies-divest-from-cluster-bombs Four Japanese banks and insurance companies have stopped certain investments in producers making cluster bombs, according to reports today in several Japanese media outlets.

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5528 Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[UN will continue formal talks about regulation killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/un-will-continue-formal-talks-about-regulation-killer-robots The United Nations will continue official talks on killer robots next year. This was decided today in Geneva. In two sessions of five days each, member states will look into whether or not to regulate lethal autonomous weapons, otherwise known as killer robots. PAX is pleased with the decision, although the organization had hoped for more urgency in order to bring a halt to the development of these dangerous weapons systems. PAX’s programme leader for killer robots, Miriam Struyk, says, “The technology is proceeding full steam ahead. Every month that passes without taking concrete steps towards a ban can mean that it’s too late.”

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5529 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[One year later, Colombia peace accord failing]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/one-year-later-colombia-peace-accord-failing Today marks one year since Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Rodrigo Londoño, signed a historic peace agreement.

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5530 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide and war crimes]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ratko-mladic-convicted-of-genocide-and-war-crimes Today Ratko Mladic has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Yugoslavia Tribunal. 'The butcher of the Balkans' has been found guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Peace organisation PAX is pleased with this verdict and sees it as recognition of the grief of survivors and relatives.

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5531 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Bloodcoal victim leaders threatened after speaking out]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/bloodcoal-victim-leaders-threatened-after-speaking-out Three community leaders in Colombia’s Cesar mining region have been threatened with physical harm. All three recently made public statements aired in Europe and on the internet calling on mining companies to start a dialogue with victims of paramilitary violence in Cesar. PAX is concerned about their safety, and calls on the Colombian government and relevant companies to take action.

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5532 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Syria: Eastern Ghouta on brink of disaster]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syria-eastern-ghouta-on-brink-of-disaster The bombing of Eastern Ghouta has intensified in the last two days. An area under siege for four years is now on the brink of disaster. Civilians are suffering from malnutrition, lack of access to medical care, and violence.

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5533 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Pope against nuclear weapons. Period.]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pope-against-nuclear-weapons-period Pope Francis has condemned not only the use of nuclear weapons, but their very possession.

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5534 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[UN holding talks on Killer Robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/un-holding-talks-on-killer-robots This week, for the first time, the United Nations is holding formal talks to discuss autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots.

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5535 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Vattenfall requires reconciliation between mining companies and victims]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/vattenfall-requires-reconciliation-between-mining-companies-and-victims European energy giant Nuon-Vattenfall requires that mining companies take concrete steps towards a reconciliation dialogue concerning past human rights violations. This clear recommendation is made in a report on the human rights situation in the coal mining region in Colombia which was published today. In the report Vattenfall also makes clear that it is prepared to suspend its coal imports if mining companies do not take concrete actions.

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5536 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Colombia ready to address bloodcoal victims]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombia-ready-to-address-bloodcoal-victims The Colombian Minister of Mining, the President´s Human Rights Advisor and the CEO’s of the biggest mining companies in Colombia recently visited the Netherlands with a large delegation.

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5537 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Protect civilians by protecting the environment]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/protect-civilians-by-protecting-the-environment PAX is joining 30 organizations and 12 experts in calling for greater progress to protect people and the environment from the impact of war.

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5538 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Explosive violence and health care: a story in photos]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/explosive-violence-and-health-care-a-story-in-photos Usually, PAX tells in words about the impact war has on civilians. This time, we tell a story in photographs. Words say a lot, but for many, images say more.

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5539 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Report on cross-border peacebuilding in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya demonstrates the importance of investing in youth]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/report-on-cross-border-peacebuilding-in-south-sudan-uganda-kenya-demonstrates-the-importance-of-investing-in-youth The report ‘Sustaining Relative Peace’ is a reflection on over ten years of peace work with armed youth and their communities and leaders in South Sudan and the borderlands with Uganda and Kenya. These communities mostly consist of shepherds.

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5540 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[5 questions about Iraqi Kurds]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/5-questions-about-iraqi-kurds The Iraqi army and allied militias have taken over areas in northern Iraq near the autonomous Kurdish region. For some background, here are five questions about the Iraqi Kurds.

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5541 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX proud member of Peace Prize winner ICAN]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-proud-member-of-peace-prize-winner-ican PAX could not be happier that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won the Nobel Peace Prize. PAX is one of the leading members of ICAN, and is a driving force behind the network.

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5542 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Prodeco attends historic commemoration for blood coal victims]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/prodeco-attends-historic-commemoration-for-blood-coal-victims Mining multinational Prodeco/Glencore has attended a commemoration for victims of paramilitary violence in the mining region of Cesar, Colombia. Victims, church leaders, and local, regional and national authorities gathered in the town of Estados Unidos to commemorate massacres that took place 20 years ago in the area close to the La Jagua mine.

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5543 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX wins international award]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-wins-international-award PAX has won the prestigious Green Star Award for responding to environmental crises resulting from armed conflict.

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5544 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[First countries sign UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/first-countries-sign-un-treaty-to-ban-nuclear-weapons The day after US President Trump threatened North Korea with total destruction, another event is taking place at the United Nations in New York. Today the first countries are signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a treaty that outlaws all nuclear weapons.

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5545 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Siege Watch: Syria still has a long way to go]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/siege-watch-syria-still-has-a-long-way-to-go In Syria, 821,210 people in 34 communities remain trapped under siege. Another 1.7 million people are under immediate threat of being besieged. Bashar al-Assad’s regime, backed by Russia and Iran, is claiming victory. Civilians opposed to his government are being forced to surrender. However, this so-called victory will not bring stability, as it will make the displacement of millions of people permanent.

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5546 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Unmanned but not uncontrolled: the need for regulation of armed drones]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/unmanned-but-not-uncontrolled-the-need-for-regulation-of-armed-drones This week, countries that have signed onto the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are meeting in Geneva where they will discuss the implementation of the treaty at the 3rd Conference of States Parties. PAX experts are also there to encourage States to critically reflect on the growing proliferation, use and misuse of armed drones. To that effect, PAX has published a policy paper recommending strong international standards on the use and export of armed drones.

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5547 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Stop arms exports to the UAE]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/stop-arms-exports-to-the-uae The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an active participant in the war in Yemen and regularly violates international arms embargos. Arms exports to the UAE must be stopped immediately, concludes Dutch peacebuilding NGO PAX in a new report.

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5548 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Cluster munition casualties doubled in 2016]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/cluster-munition-casualties-doubled-in-2016 Global casualties of cluster munitions doubled in 2016, compared to the year before. This is an alarming finding from the Cluster Munition Monitor, the 2017 update of the annual report by the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), released today. PAX is a member of this international coalition.

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5549 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Robotics companies: 'UN, put a ban on killer robots']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/robotics-companies-un-put-a-ban-on-killer-robots More than a hundred companies specialised in robotics and artificial intelligence are calling on the UN, in an open letter, to put a ban on killer robots, to ultimately protect the world against fully autonomous weapons. The signatories from 26 different countries warn that this ‘third revolution’ in warfare could lead to a life-threatening arms race.

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5550 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Remembering Yezidi massacre]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/remembering-yezidi-massacre Today marks three years since ISIS captured the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, resulting in the abduction and massacre of thousands of Yezidis.

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5551 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Syrian activist Basil Khartabil Safadi executed]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syrian-activist-basil-khartabil-safadi-executed Yesterday the family of Syrian activist Basil Khartabil Safadi confirmed that he has been executed by the Syrian authorities in 2015.

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5552 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The problem with metal detectors in Jerusalem]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-problem-with-metal-detectors-in-jerusalem The Israeli government has decided to take down the metal detectors at the entrances to the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, announcing at the same time that a different security system will be installed in the near future.

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5553 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[EU seeks unity on armed drones]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/eu-seeks-unity-on-armed-drones The EU has taken the next step toward formulating a common policy among all member states on the use of armed drones. The Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament commissioned a paper stipulating the elements for such a European-wide policy.

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5554 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Yezidis commemorate Srebrenica genocide]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/yezidis-commemorate-srebrenica-genocide Four Yezidis from northern Iraq are attending today’s commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

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5555 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nuclear weapons ban treaty adopted]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty-adopted A treaty banning all nuclear weapon was adopted today at the UN in New York. “It’s a historic day,” says Krista van Velzen, campaign leader for PAX.

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5556 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Yezidis from northern Iraq commemorate Srebrenica]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/yezidis-from-northern-iraq-commemorate-srebrenica Bosnia may not resemble Northern Iraq physically, but the group of Yezidis attending this year’s commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica may recognize the feelings expressed by Bosnian Muslims. Like the Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s, the Yezidi community in Iraq have been victims of horrible human rights abuses, including murder, rape, kidnapping and expulsion. The visit gives Bosnian Muslims and Iraqis the chance to exchange stories and learn from one another.

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5557 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[EU risks making things worse in Lebanon]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/eu-risks-making-things-worse-in-lebanon In its partnership with Lebanon, the European Union´s focus on security and stopping the flow of refugees to Europe may actually make the security and human rights situation in Lebanon worse.

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5558 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[After Mosul: break the cycle of violence]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/after-mosul-break-the-cycle-of-violence As fighting to take back the city of Mosul from the Islamic State nears an end, bodies of suspected ISIS fighters have been on public display and families of suspected fighters have been told to leave the city. These extrajudicial killings and the collective punishment of an entire community are just the latest example of victor’s justice playing out in Iraq.

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5559 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[EU: don't forget human rights in Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/eu-dont-forget-human-rights-in-sudan The European Union and individual member states risk making an already terrible human rights situation in Sudan even worse. One year after opening up to the government of President Omar al-Bashir, the EU prioritizes the short-term goal of limiting immigration to Europe over protecting people from violence and abuse.

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5560 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Syria: Ghouta the next Aleppo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syria-ghouta-the-next-aleppo Syrian government forces are bombing and starving out hundreds of thousands of Syrians in Eastern Ghouta in what may quickly become the next Aleppo. Nearly 420,000 people are suffering from severe shortages of food and medical supplies, and are unable to move about freely due to the bombing.

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5561 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nuclear weapons ban negotiations resume]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nuclear-weapons-ban-negotiations-resume The second round of negotiations on a global nuclear weapons ban have gotten underway at the United Nations in New York.

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5562 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Killer robot talks cancelled]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/killer-robot-talks-cancelled A first-of-its-kind meeting of experts planned for August to discuss concerns about killer robots has been cancelled. The United Nations announced that that the meeting would not take place due to lack of funds, a result of structural non-payment of UN dues by a number of member countries. PAX is extremely concerned by this development.

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5563 Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Remembering Robert Moran]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/remembering-robert-moran Last week, our friend the American hydrogeologist and geochemist Robert Moran lost his life in a tragic car accident. His wife was severely injured. He was well-known and respected for his profound knowledge of, and experience in, water issues in the mining sector.

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5564 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nuclear weapons ban text]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nuclear-weapons-ban-text Now we know what a worldwide nuclear weapons ban will look like. Today the UN published the first draft of the text of a nuclear weapons ban treaty. This treaty would make it illegal to make, have or use nuclear weapons. Two thirds of the countries in the world, 132 in total, are in favour of the ban.

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5565 Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Funding of banned cluster bombs still rising]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/funding-of-banned-cluster-bombs-still-rising Investment in companies producing cluster bombs went up last year. This is in spite of the fact that many investors have decided to stop investing in the manufacture of these internationally banned weapons. These are the main conclusions in “Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions; a shared responsibility”, a report released today by PAX.

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5566 Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New report: Operating under Fire in Ukraine]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-report-operating-under-fire-in-ukraine Damaged hospitals, impeded ambulance services, medical personnel and patients in danger, broken electricity, water, gas and telephone service: explosive weapons used in the east of Ukraine have had a major impact on the health care sector, both directly and indirectly. These impacts are detailed in the report 'Operating under Fire' published today by Dutch NGO PAX and the Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC).

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5567 Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Enel suspends blood coal imports]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/enel-suspends-blood-coal-imports Europe’s biggest energy company, Italian multinational Enel, has suspended imports of coal from the Cesar mining region Colombia. Enel CEO Francesco Starace stated this at the annual stockholders meeting in Rome. The announcement was made in the context of investigations into the human rights impact in the coal mining region of Cesar and Enel’s de-carbonization strategy.

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5568 Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Vattenfall hits the right notes on blood coal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/vattenfall-hits-the-right-notes-on-blood-coal At its annual general meeting in Stockholm, the Swedish energy company Vattenfall showed a willingness to help solve the human rights abuses involved in the extraction of coal from the Cesar mining district of Colombia.

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5569 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Easter message from Bishop Paride Taban]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/easter-message-from-bishop-paride-taban “Every test in our lives makes us bitter or better. Every problem breaks us or makes us. The choice is ours; whether we become victims or victorious,” writes Bishop Paride Taban.

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5571 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Author Andrew Feinstein to speak on the weapons trade]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/author-andrew-feinstein-to-speak-on-the-weapons-trade What deals has the British arms manufacturer BAE made with the Saudi prince Bandar bin Sultan? And what role did former prime minister Tony Blair play in making these deals?

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5572 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Consistent strategy for Syria painfully absent]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/consistent-strategy-for-syria-painfully-absent by PAX General Director Jan Gruiters

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5573 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX calls on UN Security Council to take action after chemical attack]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-on-un-security-council-to-take-action-after-chemical-attack Dutch peace organisation PAX is appalled that yet another chemical attack has taken place in Syria, despite repeated UN Security Council commitments to end the use of banned chemical weapons and hold responsible parties accountable.

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5574 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Extensive support for nuclear weapons ban]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/extensive-support-for-nuclear-weapons-ban Last week, 132 countries took part in the first round of negotiations at the United Nations on a nuclear weapons ban. Survivors of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, survivors of nuclear tests, civil society organizations such as PAX, and other experts actively participated in the talks.

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5575 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[We are part of an historic process]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/we-are-part-of-an-historic-process Delegations from PAX and the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) were at the United Nations in New York for the historic negotiations on a comprehensive nuclear weapons ban. An overview of an historic week.

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5576 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX optimistic after Vattenfall investigation]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-optimistic-after-vattenfall-investigation The Swedish energy company Vattenfall has concluded an investigation into the human rights impact associated with coal mining in Colombia. PAX accompanied the investigators for part of their mission and witnessed first-hand their good, critical questions and that they allocated sufficient time for a thorough inquiry.

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5577 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Siege, bomb, starve, expel - Assad tactics in Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/siege-bomb-starve-expel-assad-tactics-in-syria Yet another mass expulsion is underway in Syria. Thousands of residents of the al-Waer district of Homs are being taken away under threat of violence as part of a Russian brokered forced surrender deal between opposition leaders in al-Waer and the Assad regime.

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5579 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[After Dutch election -- time to build bridges]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/after-dutch-election-time-to-build-bridges The Dutch have voted, the results are in. What happened? There was no breakthrough for the polarising populism of Geert Wilders, while there is support for Europe.

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5581 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Vattenfall investigates human rights violations in Colombia]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/vattenfall-investigates-human-rights-violations-in-colombia Swedish energy company Vattenfall is carrying out a three-week investigation into human rights violations associated with coal mining in Colombia. This week they are visiting the Cesar coal region, where thousands of people have been murdered and tens of thousands driven from their land.

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5582 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX urges Dutch to vote for peace]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-urges-dutch-to-vote-for-peace Voters in the Netherlands will elect a new parliament, and therefore a new government, on 15 March. We here at PAX are not endorsing any particular political party, but we do stand behind a number of principles, particularly when it comes to Dutch foreign policy.

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5583 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Be bold for change]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/be-bold-for-change Today, on International Women's Day, PAX celebrates the inspirational work women have done over the past year. It is a moment to reflect upon the progress made in advancing gender equality, and to recognize the challenges facing women.

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5584 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Insurers invest billions in arms manufacturers]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/insurers-invest-billions-in-arms-manufacturers Six insurance groups active in the Netherlands invest a combined total of 3.6 billion euros in the world’s five largest weapons manufacturers.

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5585 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Drivers aim to pick up refugees in Greece]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/drivers-aim-to-pick-up-refugees-in-greece On 5 and 6 March, people from around Europe will drive to Brussels to volunteer as refugee chauffeurs.

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5586 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Dutch parties concerned about armed drones]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-parties-concerned-about-armed-drones A majority of Dutch political parties are concerned about the use of armed drones for extrajudicial executions. This is one of the main outcomes of a political survey undertaken by PAX in advance of the national elections on 15 March.

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5587 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Destruction of Homs and Aleppo part of broader strategy]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/destruction-of-homs-and-aleppo-part-of-broader-strategy Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria is carrying out a national strategy to change the demographics of the country. This strategy includes besieging, starving, killing and transferring people in a number of cities and neighbourhoods associated with resistance to his government.

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5588 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Another murder in blood coal region Cesar]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/another-murder-in-blood-coal-region-cesar On Saturday 4 February, 55-year-old Edilberto Cantillo Mesa was murdered in his home town of El Copey, located in the Colombian blood coal region of Cesar. Mesa was a community leader and a member of a local organisation that fights for land restitution on behalf of farmers who have been violently driven from their property. PAX is shocked by his death. Mesa is the fourth victim in Cesar in recent months.

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5589 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Trump's immigration ban: discriminatory and dangerous]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/trumps-immigration-ban-discriminatory-and-dangerous President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, announced on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, of all days, is discriminatory and dangerous. The ban discriminates since it bans refugees and people from countries where the majority of the population is Muslim, while making an exception for religious minorities.

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5590 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Exhibition genocide Srebrenica opens on the 9th of February]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/exhibition-genocide-srebrenica-opens-on-the-9th-of-february The official opening of the exhibition ‘Srebrenica Genocide – the Failure of the International Community´ in the Potocari Memorial Centre in the former headquarters of Dutch Battalion UNPROFOR (1994-1995) close to Srebrenica, Bosnia takes place on thursday the 9th of February.

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5591 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Nuclear Weapons: it is 2,5 minutes to 12 on the Doomsday Clock]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nuclear-weapons-it-is-25-minutes-to-12-on-the-doomsday-clock The world is one step closer to a nuclear catastrophe. Renowned scientists have set the so-called Doomsday Clock half a minute forward: it is now 2,5 minutes before 12, half a minute later than last year. Since 1953, the clock hasn’t been closer to midnight.

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5592 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Stop the violence in Cesar]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/stop-the-violence-in-cesar 95 civil society organisations around the world are calling on the Colombian government and mining companies to take action against the continuing violence in the Colombian mining region Cesar. The appeal is a direct response to the murder of Aldemar Parra Garcia on January 7th this year.

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5593 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX at Women's March Amsterdam]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-at-womens-march-amsterdam More than three thousand people expressed their support for human rights, equality and tolerance at the Women’s March Amsterdam on Saturday.

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5595 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX Director Freek Landmeter to step down]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-director-freek-landmeter-to-step-down After 15 years at PAX, Director Freek Landmeter is stepping down. He has been responsible for PAX’s operational management in the following areas: peacebuilding programmes, communication, fund raising, finances and organizational development. As of 1 May, he will start his own consultancy.

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5596 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Producer of cluster munition involved in production euro coins]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/producer-of-cluster-munition-involved-in-production-euro-coins Fifteen years after the Euro was introduced in 2002 anti-cluster bomb campaigners worldwide are raising concerns about how these coins are produced. South Korean company Poongsan is a major player on the European market for the production of coin blanks. EU states use these coin blanks for the production of their Euro coins. Poongsan, however is also a known producer of cluster munitions. Campaigners call on coin producers to end their business relations with Poongsan.

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5597 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Turkey wants to kick arms dependence habit]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/turkey-wants-to-kick-arms-dependence-habit Turkey no longer wants to be dependent on imported weapons. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has overseen the rapid growth of a domestic arms industry, and is pursuing the ambitious development of indigenous weapon systems.

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5598 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Growing support for a ban on killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/growing-support-for-a-ban-on-killer-robots Next year, governments will take an important step toward regulating so-called killer robots. At the review conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) last week at the United Nations in Geneva, 89 countries voted to convene a group of governmental experts to discuss regulating these weapons. PAX sees this as an important step toward negotiating a comprehensive ban on these types of weapons.

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5599 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Africa nonviolence conference]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/africa-nonviolence-conference Activists and clergy from across Africa gathered in Johannesburg last week for a conference organized by Pax Christi International.

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5600 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX and partners launch new programme in nothern Kosovo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-and-partners-launch-new-programme-in-nothern-kosovo PAX and its partners, Community Building Mitrovica (CBM) and UN-Habitat, have launched a major new programme to foster inclusive development and good governance in the divided region of northern Kosovo.

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5601 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Message of support to Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/message-of-support-to-syria News coming out of eastern Aleppo tells of large-scale arrests, disappearances, mass murders and hundreds of people killed or trapped under buildings destroyed by bombs.

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5602 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Investors get ready for nuclear weapons ban]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/investors-get-ready-for-nuclear-weapons-ban Eighteen financial institutions, managing more than 1.7 trillion euros, prohibit investments in nuclear weapons producers. These institutions are prepared for the legal implications of a ban on nuclear weapons to be negotiated at the UN in 2017.

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5603 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[16 Days against gender-based violence]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/16-days-against-gender-based-violence Every year, starting on 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

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5604 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Siege Watch: Sieges will not end with Aleppo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/siege-watch-sieges-will-not-end-with-aleppo Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support, are moving into Eastern Aleppo. This is the main opposition-controlled urban centre in Syria. As Eastern Aleppo collapses, Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears poised to win the military campaign in Syria. But the war is far from over.

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5605 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Alarm at mine victim rise]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/alarm-at-mine-victim-rise The number of people killed and injured by landmines is at a 10-year high, reports the Landmine Monitor 2016. The monitor, released today, is the annual report of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). PAX is a member of this international campaign.

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5606 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX reaction to new report on Srebrenica massacre]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-reaction-to-new-report-on-srebrenica-massacre A new investigation by the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) justifiably concludes that France, the United Kingdom and the United States did not make secret agreements in 1995 to systematically withhold air support for the Dutch UN soldiers in Srebrenica. However, these countries have yet to release all relevant information. If they do, a new investigation needs to be opened. To that end, PAX requests that the Dutch government actively seeks to get these documents released.

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5607 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New peace deal in Colombia raises some concerns]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-peace-deal-in-colombia-raises-some-concerns PAX welcomes the presentation of the new peace agreement between the government and the FARC in Colombia. With the new agreement, an end to more than fifty years of armed struggle is within reach. Although it took nearly four years of negotiations to reach this point, worries remain about the sustainability of the peace.

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5608 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX Reaction to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-reaction-to-the-election-of-donald-trump-as-president-of-the-united-states The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States increases global insecurity and instability.

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5609 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Historic vote on banning nuclear weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/historic-vote-on-banning-nuclear-weapons The world has come a step closer to getting rid of all nuclear weapons. In an historic vote, a majority of United Nations member states have decided to start negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban treaty.

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5610 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[What happens after Mosul?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/what-happens-after-mosul Two years ago, ISIS took over the major northern-Iraqi city of Mosul. A reign of terror followed. Now, about 50,000 soldiers from the Iraqi army, the Kurdish Peshmerga and a number of allied militias have started the battle to retake the city. In two reports published over the past 18 months, PAX has been warning about what happens the day ISIS is gone.

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5611 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Victims hopeful in Lundin case]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/victims-hopeful-in-lundin-case CEO Ian Lundin and Chairman Alex Schneiter of the Swedish oil company Lundin Petroleum will be interrogated for alleged complicity in war crimes that were committed in Sudan and South Sudan.

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5612 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New publication: drones and human rights]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-publication-drones-and-human-rights How do targeted killings fit in with human rights law? What are the requirements for transparancy and accountability? And what human rights obligations do European countries have when assisting other countries in drones strikes, e.g. through intelligence sharing?

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5613 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:19:15 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX hosts Global Women's Peace Table in Amman]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-hosts-global-womens-peace-table-in-amman Women leaders from around the Middle East explore new ways to involve women in peace initiatives.

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5614 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Blood coal not a problem for Vattenfall]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/blood-coal-not-a-problem-for-vattenfall Energy supplier Vattenfall announced yesterday that it will continue buying blood coal from Colombia. As a result, the company that calls itself a leader in sustainability will carry on profiting from grave human rights violations. PAX campaign leader Wouter Kolk commented, “Vattenfall says that it stands for human rights and sustainability, yet in practice it opts for cheap blood coal. That's why we're repeating our call to customers of Vattenfall’s Dutch subsidiary Nuon to switch to a more decent alternative.”

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5615 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Colombia starts peace talks with rebel group ELN]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombia-starts-peace-talks-with-rebel-group-eln The Colombian government will start peace negotiations with the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional, ELN) at the end of this October. The talks are to be held in the Ecuadorian capital Quito and supported by several Latin-American governments, plus Norway and Cuba. PAX welcomes this step taken by the government and the rebel group.

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5616 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace Prize honours Colombian victims as well]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-prize-honours-colombian-victims-as-well The granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sends a powerful signal of support for the peace process and the bridging of division in Colombia.

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5617 Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[US broke its own rules firing depleted uranium in Iraq]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/us-broke-its-own-rules-firing-depleted-uranium-in-iraq The United States military ignored its own guidelines for the use of depleted uranium ammunition in the 2003 Iraq War, firing the controversial weapons at unarmoured targets, buildings in populated areas and troops. These are the conclusions of an analysis of recently declassified military data.

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5618 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Russian cluster bombs used in attack on hospital in Aleppo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/russian-cluster-bombs-used-in-attack-on-hospital-in-aleppo Last week, cluster bombs were used in an attack on a hospital in Aleppo, NBC News reported. Cluster munitions are an internationally prohibited weapon because they mainly cause civilian casualties. As part of the global day of rage for Aleppo, PAX – backed by some 250 protesters – urged Russia last week to immediately stop bombing civilian targets, such as Aleppo.

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5619 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New report: wide area effects of explosive weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-report-wide-area-effects-of-explosive-weapons In conflicts all over the world, in countries such as Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, the use of explosive weapons like mortars and rockets in populated areas is a major cause of humanitarian harm and civilian casualties. Against the background of international recognition of the humanitarian problems caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, a new report by PAX and Article36 analyses how certain explosive weapons create wide area effects.

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5620 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Vattenfall: Words but no action on blood coal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/vattenfall-words-but-no-action-on-blood-coal Swedish company Vattenfall, one of Europe’s largest energy providers, has stated that it is “strongly committed to using its commercial leverage to improve the situation on the ground in Colombia.” PAX welcomes this commitment, but it is time for Vattenfall to back up its words with actual changes in its commercial relations with their Colombian coal suppliers.

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5621 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX tells Russian representative to stop bombing Aleppo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-tells-russian-representative-to-stop-bombing-aleppo As part of the global day of rage for Aleppo, PAX director Freek Landmeter, together with the directors of the Dutch chapter of Amnesty International and the Syrian Committee, met with the First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in The Hague.

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5622 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nuclear weapons ban a step closer]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nuclear-weapons-ban-a-step-closer Start negotiations on a total, worldwide ban on all nuclear weapons. A resolution calling for such negotiations has been submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.

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5624 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Stop bombing civilians in Aleppo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/stop-bombing-civilians-in-aleppo The Syrian Committee, Amnesty International and PAX ask you to join us in a demonstration against Russian and Syrian bombardments on Aleppo. On Friday September 30th at 1.00 PM in front of the Russian Embassy in The Hague.

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5625 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Data, drones and death]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/data-drones-and-death This Monday, the Review Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD), a Dutch government agency overseeing the intelligence services, has published a report on the manner in which Dutch Military and Security Service (MIVD) contribute to targeting (the process that can lead to [lethal] uses of force in order to reach a strategic goal in the context of an operation) by sharing information with foreign intelligence services.

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5626 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The arms trade in the Horn of Africa]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-arms-trade-in-the-horn-of-africa A large number of people in the Horn of Africa have grown up in the midst of armed conflict. They are never far from violence and danger. The abundance of weapons in the region and the constant influx of new arms play a large role in these conflicts. In the report ‘Armed and insecure', PAX provides a unique overview of the manner in which armed conflict and the arms trade reinforce each other.

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5627 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Colombia makes peace]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombia-makes-peace The Colombian government and the FARC rebel movement are signing an historic peace accord later today. This accord strikes a good balance between reconciliation and justice, according to PAX. The rebels will be held accountable, but so will army officers and companies that played a role in human rights abuses.

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5628 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Save the ceasefire in Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/save-the-ceasefire-in-syria PAX and a number of Syrian partner organisations are calling on the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to establish a lasting ceasefire, in part by preventing military aircraft from flying over civilian areas of the country.

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5629 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New Report: Blood coal still linked to murder]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-report-blood-coal-still-linked-to-murder Violence and threats are an everyday occurrence in Cesar, the Colombian mining region where European energy companies purchase blood coal for our power supply. Our research shows that in Cesar at least 200 people have become victims of attempted killings and death threats in the past four years.

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5630 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX shocked by murder of social activist Nestor Ivan Martinez]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-shocked-by-murder-of-social-activist-nestor-ivan-martinez PAX is deeply shocked by the murder of Nestor Ivan Martinez, the leader of a social movement in Cesar, the Colombian mining region where European power companies obtain their blood coal. The organization he represented received serious threats two weeks previously in a pamphlet published by a new illegal armed group.

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5631 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[A million Syrians remain under siege]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/a-million-syrians-remain-under-siege More than one million Syrians remain under siege. The recent cease-fire agreement between the United States and Russia can contribute to relief for civilians in Syria, but lifting the sieges and ending the illegal strategy of starvation of one million Syrians should be top priority of the accord.

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5632 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Syria's backyard oil industry]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syrias-backyard-oil-industry Thousands of children work in deplorable conditions in makeshift oil refineries in Syria. These amateur refineries have sprung up due to the drastic decline in production by professional oil refineries in Syria. The conditions at these sites is causing enormous health and pollution problems in the region.

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5633 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX wants further progress on international ban on cluster munitions]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-wants-further-progress-on-international-ban-on-cluster-munitions Together with campaigners from around the world, united in the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), PAX is in Geneva this week. The goal is to urge the international community to increase its efforts on the implement of the Convention Cluster Munitions (CCM). The CMC further calls for the strong condemnation of recent use of cluster munitions, notably in Syria and Yemen.

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5634 Mon, 05 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Drummond under criminal investigation]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/drummond-under-criminal-investigation The Attorney General is investigating companies which have allegedly financed and/or collaborated with paramilitaries in Colombia. According to a list that has been circulating in the Colombian media, Drummond is amongst those companies.

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5635 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Textron ends production of cluster munitions]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/textron-ends-production-of-cluster-munitions One of the world´s largest arms manufactures, the US company Textron, will no longer produce cluster munitions. This news comes just days before the annual meeting of countries which are part of the convention banning cluster munitions.

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5636 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace agreement with FARC paves the way for peace]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-agreement-with-farc-paves-the-way-for-peace Will Colombia finally be at peace? PAX has been working for years behind the scenes to effect a rapprochement between the warring parties in Colombia. In recent years, PAX has also focused its attention on the role of third parties that have committed large-scale human rights violations.

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5637 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Overwhelming Majority: Ban the Bomb in 2017]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/overwhelming-majority-ban-the-bomb-in-2017 Last week 107 states supported a proposal to start negotiations next year for a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

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5638 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Dutch prime minister Rutte meets Iraqi youth]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-prime-minister-rutte-meets-iraqi-youth The prime-minister's trip to Iraq, which was kept secret due to security reasons, included visits to both Baghdad and Erbil. In Bagdad he had lunch with Iraqi youth who participate in the PAX programme 'We are all citizens'.

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5639 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Burning Tires to Survive]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/burning-tires-to-survive Aleppo residents combat inaction on airstrikes by burning tires. In defiance of the world's silence, the people of Aleppo decided to help stop the offensive themselves. By burning tires, they are obstructing the war planes and creating a de facto no-bombing zone. Armed opposition groups have started an offensive to break the siege. The activists PAX spoke to inside Aleppo are hopeful that this grassroots strategy will succeed in reducing civilian harm. As the attacks continue, Aleppo is becoming a new symbol of the perseverance of the Syrian people.

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5640 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Remember Sinjar]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/remember-sinjar Today marks the second year after the enormous displacement of thousands of people in Northern Iraq fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). On August 3rd 2014, thousands of civilians were killed or kidnapped in the area of Sinjar mountain, located in Ninewa Province.

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5641 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Residents of Eastern Aleppo face grave danger]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/residents-of-eastern-aleppo-face-grave-danger Since pro-government Syrian forces in early July captured Castello Road, the only remaining route which connects Eastern Aleppo City with the Syrian Opposition forces elsewhere in Syria, the situation is very grim for the remaining 300.000 inhabitants.

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5642 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Iraq: after ISIS, many fear day of reckoning]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/iraq-after-isis-many-fear-day-of-reckoning Now that ISIS is losing ground in Iraq, many fear that a day of reckoning is coming.

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5643 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX joins call for South Sudan arms embargo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-joins-call-for-south-sudan-arms-embargo Thirty non-governmental organizations, including PAX, have signed a joint letter calling on the United Nations Security Council to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan effective immediately.

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5644 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Obama drone order falls short]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/obama-drone-order-falls-short The long-awaited attempt by the U.S. government to account for its use of drones to kill terrorist targets outside the ‘hot battlefields’ has served only to further cloud the issue.

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5645 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Violence erupts in South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/violence-erupts-in-south-sudan The Dutch peacebuilding organisation PAX is extremely concerned about the resumption of hostilities in South Sudan.

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5646 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Minister sympathises with blood coal import halt]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/minister-sympathises-with-blood-coal-import-halt Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lilianne Ploumen has for the first time said she can see the efficacy a temporary halt on the import of Colombian coal by Dutch energy corporations.

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5647 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX tries to stop Egypt arms deal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-tries-to-stop-egypt-arms-deal PAX, along with two other organizations, is taking its fight to block an arms deal the Dutch government has approved for Egypt a step further.

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5648 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX condemns new EU migration policies]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-condemns-new-eu-migration-policies PAX is joining more than one hundred organizations in condemning proposed EU plans to prevent immigrants from reaching Europe.

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5649 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[A Yezidi who stayed behind]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/a-yezidi-who-stayed-behind Zuhair Khlo Lazgeen visited the Netherlands recently to talk about his work with displaced people in his province of Duhok in northern part of Iraqi Kurdistan and to help PAX present the report Sinjar After ISIS. This was his second time here, and much has happened since his last visit in October 2014. PAX spoke with Zuhair at our offices in Utrecht in June.

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5650 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace in Colombia]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-in-colombia PAX is delighted by the announcement that the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla movement have reached an accord for a definitive cease-fire. The accord was signed on Friday in Cuba, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in attendance.

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5651 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Renew the dream of united Europe]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/renew-the-dream-of-united-europe Brexit is bad news particularly at this moment, when Europe needs to speak with one voice. Europe needs to come together to solve the refugee question, which is far from over.  

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5652 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New report seeks a breakthrough on crucial aspect of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-report-seeks-a-breakthrough-on-crucial-aspect-of-kosovo-serbia-dialogue Agreements between Kosovo and Serbia calling for creation of an Association of Serbian Municipalities have transformative implications for the future of Serb communities in Kosovo, and the country's governance more broadly. Yet progress on establishing the Association has stalled. PAX and its partner, ECMI Kosovo, have launched a new report detailing a proposed compromise on the Association, aimed at 'breaking the impasse' between Kosovo and Serbia.

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5653 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[World's leading financial institutions in Hall of Shame for investments in cluster munitions producers]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/worlds-leading-financial-institutions-in-hall-of-shame-for-investments-in-cluster-munitions-producers 158 financial institutions invested more than US$28 billion into seven producers of banned cluster munitions. This is shown by the update to the PAX Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions report. Cluster munitions are banned under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) because they kill indiscriminately.

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5654 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Sinjar after ISIS: returning to disputed territory]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/sinjar-after-isis-returning-to-disputed-territory The Sinjar district in Iraq witnessed horrific human rights violations with the attack of ISIS on mainly Yezidi communities in August 2014, which according to the UN may amount to genocide. Around 300,000 Sinjar residents (almost the entire population) were forced to flee ISIS’s initial offensive, and massacres there and in nearby villages over the subsequent weeks claimed the lives of around 15,000 Yezidis, according to UN figures.

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5655 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:20:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Trapped in Lebanon: Syrian refugees in Lebanon]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/trapped-in-lebanon-syrian-refugees-in-lebanon Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Lebanon has received ever-increasing numbers of Syrian citizens and Palestinian refugees living in Syria who were seeking refuge. With almost one and a half million refugees out of a population of four million, Lebanon has the highest proportion of refugees world-wide, and one of the highest in absolute numbers.

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5656 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Siege Watch: More than a million Syrians still under siege]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/siege-watch-more-than-a-million-syrians-still-under-siege Despite increased international diplomacy, no sieges in Syria have been lifted over the past three months. More than a million people remain under siege, with another 1.4 million at risk of coming under siege. These are some of the findings of the second quarterly Siege Watch Report by Dutch peace organisation PAX and the Washington, DC-based think tank The Syria Institute.

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5657 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[EU risks making things worse in Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/eu-risks-making-things-worse-in-sudan The Dutch peace organization PAX is calling on the EU to rethink its current policies toward Sudan. Strengthening the position of the regime in an attempt to reduce refugees will likely lead to more humanitarian crises, and yet more refugees. At the same time, new aid proposed for the region undermines the international isolation of indicted war criminal President Omar al-Bashir.

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5658 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Breakthrough in blood coal campaign in Italy]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/breakthrough-in-blood-coal-campaign-in-italy The tour of Europe by Maira Mendez Barbosa, who represents victims of serious human rights abuses in the mining region of Cesar in Colombia, has delivered an encouraging result. The head of the Italian energy company ENEL has said that he is fed up with the unresolved human rights issues. The Italians will send their own investigation team to Colombia. Depending on the outcome of that investigation, ENEL may conditionally suspend purchases of coal from the mining companies Drummond and Prodeco/Glencore.

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5659 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[BNP Paribas suspends investments in Drummond]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/bnp-paribas-suspends-investments-in-drummond BNP Paribas has suspended its investments in the mining company Drummond. The French banking concern stopped providing financing to Drummond back in 2014, but the suspension has only now been made public thanks to an investigation by the international financial network BankTrack. BNP Paribas indicated it halted its investments in part due to Drummond's human rights violations.

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5660 Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The Netherlands should actively negotiate an international nuclear weapons ban treaty]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-netherlands-should-actively-negotiate-an-international-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty The Dutch government must actively work on the start of negotiations on an international treaty banning nuclear weapons. This motion is one of the outcomes of the parliamentary debate on PAX' citizen's proposal 'Ban nuclear weapons in the Netherlands' (April 28, 2016) and was adopted by a large majority on May 17, 2016.

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5661 Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Suspension of blood coal can increase leverage]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/suspension-of-blood-coal-can-increase-leverage In order to comply with international standards for responsible business conduct, European energy companies should seriously consider a temporary suspension of buying blood coal to increase their leverage towards mining companies Drummond and Prodeco/Glencore. That is one of the conclusions that can be drawn based on a SOMO discussion paper titled 'Should I stay or should I go'.

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5662 Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Darayya convoy failure underscores the need to prepare for airdrops]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/darayya-convoy-failure-underscores-the-need-to-prepare-for-airdrops The first humanitarian aid mission to Darayya since 2012 ended in failure yesterday, after government forces insisted on removing all medical supplies except for vaccines from the inter-agency UN and ICRC/SARC convoy. The convoy reportedly only contained medical and school supplies to begin with, as food items had not been approved by the Syrian government.

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5663 Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Iraqi Stability at Risk: Preventing the pitfalls of the fight against ISIS]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/iraqi-stability-at-risk-preventing-the-pitfalls-of-the-fight-against-isis Recent political crises in Baghdad and Erbil, together with ongoing demonstrations, affirm that the necessity for a more assertive commitment of the international community to address current challenges in Iraq is greater than ever.

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5664 Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[European politicians call for urgent airdrops to Syrian towns under siege]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/european-politicians-call-for-urgent-airdrops-to-syrian-towns-under-siege Members of Parliament in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France, and the European Parliament called on their leaders to authorise urgent airdrops for Syrian civilians starving under siege. In The Netherlands Sjoerd Sjoerdsma and Marietje Schaake both signed.

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5665 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Colombian victims call Nuon to account]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombian-victims-call-nuon-to-account Nuon and other energy companies are as yet unwilling to call a temporary import ban on blood coal. That is the disappointing outcome of the visit by Colombian Maira Méndez Barboza (30) to the head office of the Nuon energy company.

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5666 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Dutch Parliament: the Netherlands needs to negotiate an international nuclear weapons ban treaty]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-parliament-the-netherlands-needs-to-negotiate-an-international-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty As a result of the citizens' initiative by PAX, ASN Bank and the Dutch Red Cross, the Dutch Parliament today held a debate on a national ban on nuclear weapons. The outcome of the debate is that a vast majority of the House wants the Netherlands to start working internationally for a nuclear weapons ban.

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5667 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[First conference to promote youth participation in Syrian civil society]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/first-conference-to-promote-youth-participation-in-syrian-civil-society Last weekend Beit Mandela organised the first youth conference in Qamishli in the North East of Syria as part of PAX's Kulluna Muwatinun (We Are All Citizens) programme. The conference brought together young people representing diverse communities and coming from nine different cities. During two days, they discussed the reality of young people in Syria, their role to participate in civil society and decision making and they also identified their role to promote peace?

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5668 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Breakthrough: Danish energy company suspends blood coal imports]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/breakthrough-danish-energy-company-suspends-blood-coal-imports The largest energy company of Denmark, Dong, has chosen not to renew its coal imports from the Colombian mining company Prodeco/Glencore as part of a robust due diligence process. PAX welcomes this news and hopes that other power companies in Europe and municipalities in Denmark will follow Dong’s example.

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5669 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Ban support grows, process goes slow]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ban-support-grows-process-goes-slow Momentum to prohibit weapons that would select and attack targets without further human intervention is building rapidly while a multilateral process to discuss the weapons proceeds, but at a lacklustre pace.

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5670 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Immediate lifting of sieges in Syria must be prioritized]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/immediate-lifting-of-sieges-in-syria-must-be-prioritized While the recent decrease in bombing and bombardments in Syria has provided a welcome relief for many Syrians, the deteriorating situation of besieged communities remains highly concerning. The use of starvation as a weapon is a war crime, and the practice must stop immediately. As parties to the Syria talks gather in Geneva this week, it is essential that lifting sieges is at the forefront of any discussions about political transition in Syria.

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5671 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Amsterdam wants blood coal banned from its Port]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/amsterdam-wants-blood-coal-banned-from-its-port The Amsterdam City Council wants the Port to work on banning blood coal. On Wednesday 30 March, a large majority of City Councillors expressed their concerns about the presence of Colombian coal in the Amsterdam Port, and requested the Amsterdam Municipal Executive to take steps to address the human rights problems in the coal supply chain.

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5672 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[City of Cambridge agrees to divest US $1 Billion]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/city-of-cambridge-agrees-to-divest-us-1-billion Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA) Mayor Denise Simmons announced last Saturday that the Cambridge City Council has unanimously decided to divest their city pension fund from nuclear weapons production. This effectively removes US$ 1 billion from possible investment in the companies most heavily involved in producing and upgrading nuclear weapons.

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5673 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The Turkey deal is mainly a solution to benefit Europe]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-turkey-deal-is-mainly-a-solution-to-benefit-europe The agreement between Turkey and the EU seems to be mainly a solution to benefit Europe. The extent to which the rights and safety of refugees can be guaranteed is highly debatable. This was what PAX had to say in response to the 'refugee deal' that was concluded on Friday.

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5674 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX calls for import stop on blood coal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-import-stop-on-blood-coal PAX is urging eight European energy companies to stop buying coal from mining companies Drummond and Prodeco/Glencore. According to PAX these mining companies have so far not made any efforts to reconcile with victims of grave human rights violations in the Colombian mining region of Cesar in which they operate.

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5675 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Significant growth in non-state armed groups' use of commercial UAVs]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/significant-growth-in-non-state-armed-groups-use-of-commercial-uavs Armed non-state actors and terrorist groups are increasingly using 'commercial off-the-shelf' (COTS) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs; also known as 'drones') to support combat operations, a new report by PAX and Armament Research Services (ARES) has found. Over the last four years, researchers have documented a wide range of commercially available drones being employed in various conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa, and Ukraine. PAX calls for stricter export regulations for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles.

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5676 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Siege Watch report: over 1 million Syrians living under siege]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/siege-watch-report-over-1-million-syrians-living-under-siege In January 2016, the world was horrified to learn of the plight of nearly 40,000 starving residents of the besieged town of Madaya, but Madaya is just the tip of the iceberg. Siege Watch, a joint initiative of The Syria Institute and PAX, has found that over a million people live under siege in Syria, and the Syrian government is responsible for the majority of the sieges. Starvation of civilians is not an uncontrollable collateral effect of the conflict in Syria, but a deliberate decision that violates international humanitarian law. It therefore requires a political response and those responsible must be held accountable.

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5677 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Danish media and politicians take interest in Dong's ties to blood coal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/danish-media-and-politicians-take-interest-in-dongs-ties-to-blood-coal Last December PAX visited Kopenhagen to raise attention over the Danish energy utility Dong's blood coal imports. As a result parliamentarians have raised questions over the ethical standards of the majority-state-owned company.

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5678 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[More than a million people living under siege in Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/more-than-a-million-people-living-under-siege-in-syria "Starving civilians is not a collateral effect of the conflict in Syria, but a deliberate decision that violates international humanitarian law and can amount to a war crime," says Marjolein Wijninckx, Syria program officer of PAX.

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5679 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Hope for peace in South Sudan, fragmentation a risk]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/hope-for-peace-in-south-sudan-fragmentation-a-risk Just a few days before the swearing-in of the transitional government in South Sudan, PAX and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) publish the report 'Scenarios for South Sudan in 2020' with five possible scenarios to assist South Sudan and its international partners in preparing for the future.

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5680 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Discussing efforts against blood coal at Essent]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/discussing-efforts-against-blood-coal-at-essent 'Still buying blood coal? That's not how we do business!' With this message PAX held a small protest on the doorstep of energy utility Essent's headquarters in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, last December. The occasion was a conference on the results of the efforts that have been made to improve the coal supply chain. Sadly, there was hardly any progress to report on.

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5681 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX Syria Alert: Over a million Syrians are under siege]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-syria-alert-over-a-million-syrians-are-under-siege While the situation of 42,000 people threatened with death by starvation in Madaya is alarming, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Siege Watch, an initiative of The Syria Institute and PAX, estimates that over a million people live under siege in Syria.

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5682 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[ISIS-first strategy doomed to fail]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/isis-first-strategy-doomed-to-fail Towards a realistic strategy to combat ISIS in Syria. ‘ISIS-first strategy’ doomed to fail, as it is ineffective, counterproductive and unrealistic. This is what peace organisation PAX says in its Syria Alert XVI which was brought out December 3, 2015.

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5683 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Peace and the city]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-and-the-city PAX, the Union of Dutch Cities and the cities of Barcelona and Bogota have initiated a new peace prize. The prize will be awarded once every three years to a local government or a local coalition distinguishing itself with dealing with conflicts or peace work. The official name of the award is ‘UCLG City of Bogota Peace Prize’.

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5684 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Petition 'There is no military solution to violent extremism']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/petition-there-is-no-military-solution-to-violent-extremism Political and peacebuilding processes which solve the real issues of inclusive governance, meet people's needs, and guaranty real security for all, are more effective than military interventions and bombing in reducing and ending violent extremism and terror.

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5685 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Singapore Technologies Engineering stops production of cluster munitions]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/singapore-technologies-engineering-stops-production-of-cluster-munitions Singapore Technologies Engineering has decided to end its production, design and sales of anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions or any related components. This is good news and a reinforcement of the stigma around these weapons.

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5686 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Legacies of the past and the need for justice and reconciliation in South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/legacies-of-the-past-and-the-need-for-justice-and-reconciliation-in-south-sudan In August 2015, the South Sudanese Government and the SPLM-in Opposition signed a peace agreement which was to end the 20 month old war in the country. Amongst other important elements, the agreement sets out several mechanisms which are intended to deal with serious abuses and questions on governance structures.

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5687 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Efforts against blood coal still lacking results]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/efforts-against-blood-coal-still-lacking-results The five years spent discussing ways to tackle 'blood coal' from Colombia have not lead to any significant results. That is the conclusion PAX has come to after reading the progress report on the efforts of energy companies and the Dutch government to achieve a socially responsible coal supply chain

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5688 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Financial institutions drop the bomb from their investment portfolio]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/financial-institutions-drop-the-bomb-from-their-investment-portfolio 53 financial institutions prohibit or limit investments in nuclear weapon producers, shows Don't Bank on the Bomb, a report published today by PAX. This is a 150% increase compared to last year's report. The increase illustrates the growing stigmatization of nuclear weapons because of the renewed focus on their humanitarian consequences.

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5689 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Killer robots must remain science-fiction]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/killer-robots-must-remain-science-fiction It took decades before a ban on cluster bombs came into being. And nuclear weapons still remain an enormous concern. Let’s therefore be on time, for once, in preventing machines that are able to autonomously target people, Jan Gruiters and Miriam Struyk wrote in an op-ed published on November 3rd in the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad.

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5690 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Amidst the debris: Environmental impact of conflict in Syria could be disastrous]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/amidst-the-debris-environmental-impact-of-conflict-in-syria-could-be-disastrous The ongoing conflict in Syria is likely to have a disastrous impact on the environment and public health, according to a new study published by PAX. Four years of fighting has left cities in rubble and caused widespread damage to industrial sites, critical infrastructure and the oil industry. Pollution from these forms of damage is likely to result in acute and chronic risks to civilians and will have a long-term impact on the environment that they depend on.

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5691 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Mining companies must seize peace process as chance for reconciliation]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/mining-companies-must-seize-peace-process-as-chance-for-reconciliation The mining companies Drummond and Prodeco/Glencore have a unique opportunity to contribute to reconciliation with the victims of violence in the mining region and peace in Colombia. That is potentially good news for the fight against ‘blood coal’. PAX has sent an open letter to the mining companies urging them to seize this opportunity wholeheartedly.

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5692 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX contributes to UN study on women's participation in peace processes]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-contributes-to-un-study-on-womens-participation-in-peace-processes Findings and recommendations of the Global Study on Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council will be presented to UN leadership, member states and civil society today. This resolution was adopted in 2000 and addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace.

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5693 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Nobel Peace Prize important boost to nonviolence]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/nobel-peace-prize-important-boost-to-nonviolence "It is an important political signal that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the National Dialogue Quartet. A quartet in which trade unions, employers, lawyers and human rights activists in Tunisia cooperate with one clear goal. So far Tunisia is the only country in which the Arab Spring was successful”, says Jan Gruiters, general director of peace organisation PAX.

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5694 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Colombian peace process requires involvement of companies]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/colombian-peace-process-requires-involvement-of-companies PAX welcomes the agreement on transitional justice that was announced last week as part of the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC. In particular, the emphasis on truth finding and reconciliation offers a sign of hope for the hundreds of thousands of victims of human rights violations in the country, including the victims of blood coal.

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5695 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Shattered lives: Civilians suffer from the use of explosive weapons in Libya]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/shattered-lives-civilians-suffer-from-the-use-of-explosive-weapons-in-libya Violence and conflict in Libya since February 2011 have had a grave impact on civilians. A new briefing paper from PAX and UN OCHA, ‘Shattered lives: Civilians suffer from the use of explosive weapons in Libya‘ illustrates the heavy price that civilians have paid for the explosive violence in Libya through personal accounts of victims and their families.

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5696 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The human cost of explosive violence in Ukraine]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-human-cost-of-explosive-violence-in-ukraine Today PAX presents the photo report Collateral: the human costs of explosive violence in Ukraine. The report contains a collection of moving stories and pictures of citizens that were affected by the use of explosive weapons in Ukraine, through the lens of independent photographer Dirk-Jan Visser.

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5697 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Introducing the Toxic Remnants of War Network]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/introducing-the-toxic-remnants-of-war-network Damage to the natural environment has long been a hallmark of conflict. But technological developments, both in terms of how hostilities are conducted, and the locations in which wars are fought, are increasing the risk of serious long-term environmental damage, and with it, threats to the civilian population. The Toxic Remnants of War Network, of which PAX is a member, believes that in the absence of a common international standard for minimising harm and dealing with the environmental legacy of armed conflict, persistent environmental problems will continue to be created, and with them, long-term threats to the health and livelihoods of civilians.

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5698 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The Netherlands new president of the Convention on Cluster Munitions]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-netherlands-new-president-of-the-convention-on-cluster-munitions The Netherlands will become the new president of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) as of 1 January 2016. This was announced at the First Review Conference to the Convention on Cluster Munitions held in Dubrovnik.

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5699 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Who controls the export of drones?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/who-controls-the-export-of-drones Though unmanned systems and in particular drones have many benefits when used for peaceful purposes, there is also a potential downside. How do we prevent armed drones or specific drone-technology from ending up in the wrong hands? Current arms export control rules turn out to be insufficient to achieve this goal, PAX warns in its new report Unmanned and Uncontrolled.

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5700 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[In support of disinvestment legislation]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/in-support-of-disinvestment-legislation Legislation banning investments in cluster munitions provides guidance and direction for financial institutions. This is the core finding of PAX’s latest case study on banning investments in cluster munitions producers. The report, published today, shows that it is not only possible to install disinvestment legislation, but that financial institutions largely think such a ban is a good idea. In the Netherlands, disinvestment legislation has provided clarity and guidance to the financial sector.

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5701 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Iraqi youth demand education, work and want to have a say]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/iraqi-youth-demand-education-work-and-want-to-have-a-say A group of about 35 young volunteers, representing the diverse communities living in Ninewa Governorate in North Iraq, presented their demands for a better future to decision makers. They did so during a PAX supported conference in the frame of PAX ' We Are All Citizens' programme. The one-day conference took place on Friday August 28th in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, was attended by 180 people.

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5702 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Support Iraq's call for good governance and accountable leadership]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/support-iraqs-call-for-good-governance-and-accountable-leadership A context-tailored approach towards good governance and accountable leadership is particularly relevant in the areas recently recaptured from ISIS. Fragmentation of the Iraqi state and the dominance of regional players at the national level is a very important obstacle to peace in Iraq.

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5703 Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[More States Embrace Ban on Cluster Munitions]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/more-states-embrace-ban-on-cluster-munitions States are rallying in support of the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions amid global outcry against their use in five countries. These are the findings of the annual monitoring report released by the Cluster Munition Coalition today.

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5704 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[High time to discuss protection of Syrian civilians]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/high-time-to-discuss-protection-of-syrian-civilians The Syrian 'Clear the Sky' initiative cried out that it is high time to discuss protection of Syrian people.

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5705 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[A peace deal in South Sudan at last]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/a-peace-deal-in-south-sudan-at-last President Salva Kiir has at last signed for peace with his adversary, ex-vicepresident Machar. The peace agreement gives room to even out extreme differences between parties in the conflict. However the fighting has not completely stopped and rivalry is still tangible, as are the widespread effects of the struggle.

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5706 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Ports also have a role to play against blood coal]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ports-also-have-a-role-to-play-against-blood-coal Not only energy companies but also ports and coal terminals that transship Colombian blood coal should seek redress from the Drummond and Prodeco coal mines, says PAX. These mining companies should make an effort to acknowledge and compensate the thousands of victims of paramilitary violence around their mines during the period 1996-2006, and actively combat current human rights violations.

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5707 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Minister Ploumen: 'The mining sector must acknowledge the victims in Colombia']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/minister-ploumen-the-mining-sector-must-acknowledge-the-victims-in-colombia The fate of the victims in the Colombian mining region must be acknowledged and a regional reconciliation process must be initiated. It would help if energy companies, as coal clients, actively encouraged this. These were the words of Minister Ploumen of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade last week during a closed conference on coal in The Hague, which mining company Drummond also attended.

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5708 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Commemoration of tragedy of Sinjar]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/commemoration-of-tragedy-of-sinjar Last year many people in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq were killed and more than 300,000 people were displaced due to the attack of ISIS. Now, one year later many youth groups from Kulluna Muwatinun, a programme supported by Dutch peace organisation PAX, organised commemorations. In about 10 governorates they held sittings with candles, photo exhibitions and dialogue sessions.

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5709 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[40,000 people have signed against nukes]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/40000-people-have-signed-against-nukes Great news: over 40,000 people have signed the 'Sign against Nukes' citizens initiative! This means that the House of Representatives must hold a debate about a national ban on these weapons of mass destruction, and that we are one step closer to eliminating nuclear weapons from the Netherlands.

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5710 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Support an arms embargo for South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/support-an-arms-embargo-for-south-sudan Conflict has been raging in South Sudan since December 2013. Political solutions have so far failed to yield results as ceasefires are violated and fighting continues. The humanitarian impact is dire. The international campaign #shoutdownarms wants to induce the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, which would stop the supply of arms and ammunition to the government.

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5711 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Remembering MH17]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/remembering-mh17 Today one year ago, above the territory of Ukraine, 298 people became victim in an extremely violent way, in a conflict they had nothing to do with. People who were going on holiday, were visiting relatives, or who went away for work. People full of life, with their ambitions, perspectives and good will; ordinary people with their own unique lives.

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5712 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Is a new beginning possible between Netherlands and Srebrenica]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/is-a-new-beginning-possible-between-netherlands-and-srebrenica “Don’t deny, don’t blame others, but have a meaningful dialogue with the women of Srebrenica.” PAX is hopeful that a new beginning in the relationship Netherlands – Srebrenica is possible. The organization hopes the minster will come with a new political initiative.

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5713 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[A sustainable response to ISIS]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/a-sustainable-response-to-isis In the summer of 2014, citizens in Northern Iraq were displaced, especially those of different minorities, and the Yazidis in particular were murdered or enslaved. ISIS now appears to be engaged in, among other things, threatening the Druze community in Syria in a similar manner. Dutch peace organisation PAX brought out a policy brief in which they cite the three conditions for success in the battle against ISIS.

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5715 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[One year after the Gaza War]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/one-year-after-the-gaza-war ‘You never walk alone’, that song performed by Paul McCartney stays in my mind when thinking about the people affected by the Gaza war. What has happened since the last war between Hamas and the Israeli army has ended? In the Gaza strip as well as in Israel, especially near the border with Gaza, fear and mistrust of each other still have the upper hand. What can PAX do in situations where people are intimidated and where hope seems to have died?

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5716 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Four years South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/four-years-south-sudan On July 9, South Sudan celebrates its 4th anniversary. Earlier this year Father John Opi Severino paid a visit to the Netherlands and Germany to highlight the situation in South Sudan, a country embroiled in a bitter civil war. On that occasion PAX peace movement and the Council of Churches in the Netherlands handed him a Dove of Peace.

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5717 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Insurers invest nearly 7 billion in controversial arms trade]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/insurers-invest-nearly-7-billion-in-controversial-arms-trade Eight of the ten largest life insurers invested a total of 6.8 billion Euros in 15 companies that delivered weapons and military goods to dictatorships and corrupt countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Bahrain. This is the main conclusion of research by the Fair Insurance Guide into insurers active on the Dutch market. A poll among the Dutch population shows that 66% of respondents find this unacceptable and that 81% of this group would be willing to change insurer because of this.

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5718 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[After ISIS: Urgent need for post conflict peacebuilding in Iraq]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/after-isis-urgent-need-for-post-conflict-peacebuilding-in-iraq With ISIS retreating from areas previously under its control in Northern Iraq, a comprehensive peacebuilding strategy must be agreed immediately to ensure the safety of all civilians, including both returning communities and those who remained under ISIS control. After ISIS, a new PAX report based on extensive interviews with internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Ninewa Plain in the Kurdish region of Iraq, lays out the serious security concerns at stake and provides proposals to address them.

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5719 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Ban nuclear weapons: the Netherlands isn't joining in]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ban-nuclear-weapons-the-netherlands-isnt-joining-in More than a hundred member states of the United Nations have stated they want to work to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons by supporting the ‘Humanitarian pledge’. Striking in this is the absence of the Netherlands.

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5720 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX reports: Small steps towards peace in one of the most violent years in recent history]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-reports-small-steps-towards-peace-in-one-of-the-most-violent-years-in-recent-history 2014 was one of most violent years in recent history. The shocking uprising of ISIS for example has only served to further intensify the war violence in Syria, while minorities in Iraq have become displaced en masse. These and other developments have required strategic agility and great creativity from PAX and its partners. PAX published its Annual Report 2014.

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5721 Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Archbishop Oscar Romero beatified in El Salvador]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/archbishop-oscar-romero-beatified-in-el-salvador PAX unites with men and women who make their ways to bring peace and justice. Oscar Romero was one of those till he was murdered by his own government, while consecrating mass.

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5722 Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[In favour of recognition of the state of Palestine and a ban on settlements]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/in-favour-of-recognition-of-the-state-of-palestine-and-a-ban-on-settlements Pax Christi International is in favour of recognition of the state of Palestine and a ban on settlements. Dutch peace organisation PAX is member of Pax Christi International and is present at it annual meeting, this year held in Bethlehem.

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5723 Sun, 17 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX tastes 'optimism on challenging path to transformation in Macedonia']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-tastes-optimism-on-challenging-path-to-transformation-in-macedonia Last Sunday, weeks of demonstrations against the government of Macedonia culminated in a big protest event before the government building in the capital city Skopje. PAX's Kosovo programme manager Michael Warren saw 'a vast, energized, and patient crowd of 20-25,000 citizens. Families, students, workers and old folks were waving Macedonian, Albanian, and even Roma, Turkish and Bulgarian flags. A festive atmosphere, and also a hopeful one.'

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5724 Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Online petition targets JP Morgan Chase to stop investing in cluster munitions producers]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/online-petition-targets-jp-morgan-chase-to-stop-investing-in-cluster-munitions-producers Change.org, a US based online petition platform with over 85 million users in 196 countries, launched a disinvestment e-petition last month. The petition targets US bank JP Morgan Chase to stop investing in producers of cluster munitions. To date, more than 30.000 people signed on to the call.

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5725 Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Call on governments: protect populations from atrocity crimes]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/call-on-governments-protect-populations-from-atrocity-crimes A total of 40 civil society organizations signed a letter initiated by PAX and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect requesting government’s active participation at the open debate of the UN Security Council on “Small Arms: The Human Cost of Illicit Transfer, Destabilizing Accumulation and Misuse of Small Arms and Light Weapons” on 13 May 2015.

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5726 Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia uses banned cluster munitions in Yemen]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/saudi-arabia-uses-banned-cluster-munitions-in-yemen Human Rights Watch confirmed that coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia has used cluster munitions in Yemen. PAX, like Human Rights Watch, is a member of the international Cluster Munition Coalitions.

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5727 Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Launch website We Are All Citizens]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/launch-website-we-are-all-citizens PAX Iraq team has launched the website weareallcitizens.org today! This website tells you stories and shows you images, videos and publications produced by the Kulluna Muwatinun (We are All Citizens) programme.

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5728 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Young Iraqis bridging the sectarian divide]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/young-iraqis-bridging-the-sectarian-divide Despite the sectarian divides that cut across Iraqi society, there are also voices who come with a message of tolerance and peace. Those forces which plead for an inclusive society come amongst others from young people who are inspired by the PAX programme ‘We are all citizens’.

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5729 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Gaza reconstruction fails]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/gaza-reconstruction-fails The international community must urgently change its approach to Gaza and deliver on promises of reconstruction, 46 agencies said today in a new report on the lack of progress since last year's conflict. Peace organisation PAX is under the name United Civilians for Peace, Netherlands, one of the signatories.

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5730 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Towards a ban on killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/towards-a-ban-on-killer-robots From the 13th to the 17th of April around 120 states will come together during the multilateral meeting of the Convention of Conventional Weapons at the UN in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons systems, so called killer robots. PAX, co-founder of the Stop Killer Robots Campaign, is confident that the meeting will form the basis for a worldwide ban on fully autonomous weapons.

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5731 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Arms and atrocities: protecting populations by preventing the means]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/arms-and-atrocities-protecting-populations-by-preventing-the-means How can disarmament and arms control contribute to the prevention of mass atrocities such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing? In a new publication PAX and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect address the above question and provides suggestions for how civil society can promote humanitarian disarmament.

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5732 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Pentagon announces U-turn on use of depleted uranium in Iraq and Syria]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pentagon-announces-u-turn-on-use-of-depleted-uranium-in-iraq-and-syria The Pentagon has announced that depleted uranium (DU) munitions have not, and will not, be used by US aircraft in the conflict against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The policy U-turn contrasts with statements made over previous months, where Pentagon officials claimed that DU would be used if needed; the decision reflects a growing stigmatisation of the controversial weapons.

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5733 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Lessons learned from the Balkans can help Ukraine]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/lessons-learned-from-the-balkans-can-help-ukraine According to PAX we can learn some historic lessons from the Balkans for Ukraine today. One of them is to put citizens first, since they are ultimately the foundation of both peace and democracy.

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5734 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Syria: Free human rights defenders held 3 years]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syria-free-human-rights-defenders-held-3-years The Syrian government should immediately free the prominent Syrian human rights defenders Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir, 71 human rights groups including PAX said today.

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5735 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Members of US Congress propose placement of nuclear weapons in new NATO countries]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/members-of-us-congress-propose-placement-of-nuclear-weapons-in-new-nato-countries Two US Representatives in the House Armed Services Committee have written to US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to request information related to deploying US nuclear weapons into new NATO countries. PAX is urging the Dutch government to let the US government know that this would be utterly unacceptable.

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5736 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX selected as strategic partner]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-selected-as-strategic-partner PAX has been selected as a strategic partner of the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The peace organisation submitted an application together with Amnesty International within the scope of 'lobby and advocacy', and today received the good news that it has been given A status, thus making it certainly eligible for selection. This will enable PAX to continue to work for peace and security in the future, together with its partners in conflict-affected areas and involved citizens in the Netherlands.

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5737 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Obama should support arms embargo on South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/obama-should-support-arms-embargo-on-south-sudan US President Barack Obama should call for and support a comprehensive United Nations arms embargo on the parties to South Sudan’s brutal conflict. So 29 South Sudanese and international human rights, humanitarian and other groups including PAX said today in a letter to President Obama.

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5738 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Less Syrians to Lebanon]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/less-syrians-to-lebanon Ever since Syria and Lebanon were established as nations, residents have been able to travel freely between the two countries. But on Monday, for the first time, Lebanon implemented restrictions on its border. George Ghali, Program Officer for the Non-Governmental Organization, ALEF, a human rights organisation which partners with PAX, is involved in the discussion about the new measures of the Libanese to restrict access to Syrians.

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5739 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX supports call for release Sudanese political detainees]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-supports-call-for-release-sudanese-political-detainees As PAX we support the urgent call for the immediate release of Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, Faroug Abueissa and all political detainees in Sudan.

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5740 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Where are the Douma4?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/where-are-the-douma4 Exactly one year ago an armed group "Jaish al-Islam" (The Army of Islam) abducted four human rights activists in Douma, a suburb of Damascus. The four human rights defenders have not been heard of since then.

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5741 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Over 150 states gather in Vienna for global conference on nuclear weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/over-150-states-gather-in-vienna-for-global-conference-on-nuclear-weapons In a demonstration of overwhelming support from the international community, representatives from more than 150 states are gathering in Vienna for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. PAX is calling on participating states to start negotiations on a total ban on nuclear weapons.

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5742 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Syria Alert Issue XIV: Can de Mistura's 'freeze' plan save Aleppo, and under what conditions?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syria-alert-issue-xiv-can-de-misturas-freeze-plan-save-aleppo-and-under-what-conditions On 30 October, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura presented the idea of 'freeze' zones where fighting would be stopped, to start with Aleppo. While some powerful voices rejected the plan, others saw in it a new hope to change the dynamics of conflict.

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5743 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Potential for artisanal gold mining in Ituri, DR Congo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/potential-for-artisanal-gold-mining-in-ituri-dr-congo In November 2014 PAX presented its study on gold mining in Concession 40 in Orientale Province in DR Congo.

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5744 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Cluster bomb scandal: 2014 research reveals explosive investments increase to US$ 27 billion]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/cluster-bomb-scandal-2014-research-reveals-explosive-investments-increase-to-us-27-billion In a new banking and financial investments analysis report published today, top financial institutions JP Morgan Chase (US), Temasek Holdings (Singapore) and China Everbright Group (China) lead the 2014 Hall of Shame of investors in cluster munitions producers.

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5745 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Dutch coal mission takes important step towards remedy for Colombian victims]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-coal-mission-takes-important-step-towards-remedy-for-colombian-victims The public appeal made today by five European power companies to coal mining company Drummond to engage into a process of remedy for victims of severe human rights violations is an important breakthrough, says the Dutch peace organization PAX.

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5746 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Inclusivity essential to long-term political strategy to counter ISIS]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/inclusivity-essential-to-long-term-political-strategy-to-counter-isis In the effort to counter ISIS in Iraq and Syria, think tanks, experts and governments have called for a political strategy with inclusivity as a core facet. PAX also stated in its first Iraq & Syria Alert that 'a response to ISIS must be inclusive in character, with a long-term objective of legitimate and responsive governments in Iraq and Syria.' But what should this inclusivity entail exactly?

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5747 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[US Congressman calls for transparency over depleted uranium]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/us-congressman-calls-for-transparency-over-depleted-uranium In a letter sent to US Secretary of Defense Hagel, US Congressman Jim McDermott, has asked the Pentagon to release all available information on its use of depleted uranium (DU) in Iraq. The pressure to be transparent about the use of this chemical toxic and radioactive material used in ammunition is growing.

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5748 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Religious leaders call for a ban on killer robots]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/religious-leaders-call-for-a-ban-on-killer-robots Archbishop Desmond Tutu is among more than 70 religious leaders, representatives and faith based organisations that have signed the interreligious declaration calling on states to work towards a global ban on fully autonomous weapons.

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5749 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Neighbours South Sudan should press UN for arms embargo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/neighbours-south-sudan-should-press-un-for-arms-embargo South Sudan’s neighbours should urgently call for the United Nations Security Council to establish an arms embargo to stem gruesome violations in the country’s devastating conflict, more than 50 South Sudanese and international human rights and humanitarian organisations including PAX said in a petition to regional leaders. ‘The ongoing attacks on civilians are contributing to a humanitarian crisis.’

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5750 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Financial sector invests over 402 billion US dollars in nuclear weapons producers]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/financial-sector-invests-over-402-billion-us-dollars-in-nuclear-weapons-producers Global financial institutions made an estimated 402 billion US dollars available to nuclear weapons producers. The report Don’t Bank on the Bomb, published today by PAX, identifies 411 banks, insurance companies and pension funds with investments in 28 companies involved in the production, maintenance or stockpiling of nuclear weapons.

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5751 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX: Explosive weapons pose unacceptable risk to civilians]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-explosive-weapons-pose-unacceptable-risk-to-civilians Every year explosive weapons, such as bombs, grenades and rockets, on towns and villages, kill and wound large numbers of civilians, among them many children. Most recently explosive weapons have caused immense suffering and devastation in Gaza, Syria and Ukraine. In its report Unacceptable Risk, PAX urges states to refrain from using such heavy explosive weapons in populated areas.

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5752 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Urgent call for a comprehensive arms embargo to South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/urgent-call-for-a-comprehensive-arms-embargo-to-south-sudan PAX supports the urgent call the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms made to the African Union for the imposition of a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. The widespread availability of small arms and light weapons causes a lot of harm and suffering to the people of South Sudan, including children.

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5753 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Call to strengthen the South Sudanese peace process]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/call-to-strengthen-the-south-sudanese-peace-process The peace process for South Sudan in Ethiopia has reached a deadlock again, after tough discussions about the mandate of a transitional government and the division of the highest posts. In a joint call the local civil society organisations urge various participants in the peace process to listen to the voice of South Sudanese civilians. Moreover, serious conditions must also be formulated for the transitional government to be formed.

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5754 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Peace activism after Gaza]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/peace-activism-after-gaza Israeli peace activists from the Peace NGO Forum issued a statement after the last Gaza war. They underline the need for a peace process but suggest a new approach. The old approach departs from the idea that the 'partners' together have to find a solution while the US facilitates the process. This approach has proven a failure numerous times.

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5755 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Depleted uranium coordinates needed for clean-up of dangerous sites in Iraq]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/depleted-uranium-coordinates-needed-for-clean-up-of-dangerous-sites-in-iraq The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and the State Department on behalf of itself and Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) seeking the firing coordinates of weapons used in Iraq that contained depleted uranium (DU). Two PAX-reports played a part in this request.

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5756 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Dutch government challenged on their position on depleted uranium weapons]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-government-challenged-on-their-position-on-depleted-uranium-weapons The Dutch government has been challenged by political parties to take a stronger position on the use of depleted uranium (DU) weapons during recent parliamentary debates.

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5757 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Joint NGO Statements on the Conflict in South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/joint-ngo-statements-on-the-conflict-in-south-sudan Today 17 Non Gouvernmental Organisations worldwide, including PAX, asked the United Nations during the 69th Session of their General Assembly for more strategic pressure over the warring parties in South Sudan.

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5758 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Need for comprehensive political strategy to counter ISIS]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/need-for-comprehensive-political-strategy-to-counter-isis The sudden and unforeseen expansion of ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the summer has led to a dramatic shift on the ground in the Middle East, in Western public opinion, and subsequently in the involvement of the international community.

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5759 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Bettercoal whitewashes Drummond practices]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/bettercoal-whitewashes-drummond-practices With it’s first, positive positive CSR audit of Drummond's coalmines in the Colombian Cesar region, Bettercoal whitewashes every possible involvement of this American company in large-scale human rights violations. PAX finds this astonishing.

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5760 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[1.16 million stockpiled cluster munitions destroyed]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/116-million-stockpiled-cluster-munitions-destroyed To date, states that have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions have destroyed a total of 1.16 million cluster bombs, representing more than three-quarters of the weapons declared stockpiled under convention. This was revealed by the 2014 Cluster Munition Monitor, the annual study into the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). PAX contributes to the study.

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5761 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Despite international attention, many Yezidis still trapped in Sinjar area]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/despite-international-attention-many-yezidis-still-trapped-in-sinjar-area Despite increased international attention to the humanitarian crisis in Northern Iraq, many civilians are still suffering from the lack of assistance during their displacement and attacks by IS.

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5762 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX calls for immediate action; humanitarian crisis may result into genocide in Iraq]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-immediate-action-humanitarian-crisis-may-result-into-genocide-in-iraq The humanitarian crisis in Iraq may result in genocide if no immediate action is taken. Around 40,000 Yezidi Iraqi citizens are stuck in the Sinjar Mountains, left stranded without food and water and surrounded by militants of The Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS). The people are completely surrounded and therefore, genocide is looming. The next 24 hours will be crucial in the survival of these people. Immediate action is needed.

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5763 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The countdown has begun]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-countdown-has-begun This week is the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima (6 August) and Nagasaki (9 August). The 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks would be the appropriate milestone to achieve a global ban on nuclear weapons.

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5764 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Expansion of IS in Northern Iraq is a catastrophe for minorities]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/expansion-of-is-in-northern-iraq-is-a-catastrophe-for-minorities The continuous expansion of territory controlled by the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) poses a direct threat to the survival of minorities in Northern Iraq.

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5765 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Civil society in Iraq pleads for unity]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/civil-society-in-iraq-pleads-for-unity Over 90 civil society organizations in Irak have signed a declaration to launch the Civil Initiative under the slogan: Achieving Civil and Societal Peace to Defeat Terrorism and to Ensure the Construction of a Civil Democratic State.

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5766 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Flight MH17: PAX: avoid further suffering]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/flight-mh17-pax-avoid-further-suffering Peace organisation PAX is deeply shocked by the tragedy that struck the passengers and crew of flight MH17. We convey our condolences to the families of the deceased who so totally unexpectedly have been affected by the war in Ukraine.

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5767 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX calls for political initiative following Hague Court ruling on Srebrenica]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-calls-for-political-initiative-following-hague-court-ruling-on-srebrenica Following the Supreme Court ruling on 6 September 2013, which held the Netherlands responsible for the death of three men in Srebrenica in 1995, this week on 16 July the Court of The Hague ruled that the Dutch state is accountable for the expelling of another 300 men sent from their compound.

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5768 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Spanish version 'The Dark Side of Coal' is out now]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/spanish-version-the-dark-side-of-coal-is-out-now On 30 June Colombian partners of PAX presented the report 'The Dark Side of Coal' to minister Ploumen for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands. The Spanish version of the report is out now.

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5769 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Former Dutchbat headquarters in Srebrenica to become a museum]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/former-dutchbat-headquarters-in-srebrenica-to-become-a-museum The former Dutchbat headquarters in Potocari (Srebrenica, Bosnia and Hercegovina) are to be thoroughly renovated, turned into a museum and opened up to the public.

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5770 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Power companies must stop buying 'blood coal']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/power-companies-must-stop-buying-blood-coal PAX is calling on five Dutch European power companies to stop buying Colombian ‘blood coal’ from the mining companies Drummond and Prodeco. These mining companies must first contribute to the acknowledgment and compensation of the thousands of victims of paramilitary violence around their mines in the 1996-2006 period, and actively oppose the current human rights abuses.

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5771 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[North Kosovo in 2020: Future histories in the making]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/north-kosovo-in-2020-future-histories-in-the-making At the end of June PAX, jointly with Community Building Mitrovica and Center for Community Development (both based in Mitrovica) and with support of Forum for Ethnic Relations (based in Belgrade), presented views on the future of North Kosovo in Mitrovica and in Brussels.

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5772 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[No solution in sight for Iraq's radioactive military scrap]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-solution-in-sight-for-iraqs-radioactive-military-scrap A report by Dutch peace organisation PAX has found that the lack of obligations on Coalition Forces to help clean-up after using depleted uranium (DU) weapons has resulted in Iraqi civilians and workers continuing to be exposed to the radioactive and toxic heavy metal years after the war.

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5773 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX reports on 2013]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-reports-on-2013 Peace requires courage and often a stubborn persistence in order to cut through the cynicism in our own environment. By participating in campaigns to appeal to politicians and government decisions, or to the ethical behaviour of companies for example.

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5775 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Drummond doesn't give an inch]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/drummond-doesnt-give-an-inch The controversial American coal company Drummond was the main guest at a meeting organised yesterday by the Dutch Foreign Office concerning abuses in the Columbian coal sector. Drummond is being taken to task about serious breaches of human rights in relation to their coal mines in the north east of Colombia. During the meeting, it transpired once again that Drummond is not planning to start a credible process in relation to compensating victims.

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5776 Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Increased number of civilian victims in Fallujah attacks]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/increased-number-of-civilian-victims-in-fallujah-attacks Previous week, the Iraqi army started a major offensive against armed groups in Fallujah, where there has been violent conflict since December 2013. Over the past few months, around 300 civilians have lost their lives in the fighting between the army and the various armed militia and terrorist organisations. Peace organisation PAX is extremely concerned.

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5777 Mon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Syria must be held accountable by the International Criminal Court]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/syria-must-be-held-accountable-by-the-international-criminal-court Pax, along with more than 100 civil society organisations from 45 countries, is appealing to the Security Council of the United Nations today, to bring the 'Syrian case' before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The Security Council can allow this to happen by adopting a resolution submitted by France.

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5778 Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX supports peace agreement Jonglei in South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-supports-peace-agreement-jonglei-in-south-sudan Today, after weeks of negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a peace agreement has been signed between the delegations of the Government of South Sudan headed by president Salva Kiir and the rebels of the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army-Cobra faction (SSDM/A-Cobra faction) headed by David Yau Yau.

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5779 Fri, 09 May 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New publication: Scrutiny of South Sudan's Oil Industry]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/new-publication-scrutiny-of-south-sudans-oil-industry PAX, lead agency for the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS), has published the study 'Scrutiny of South Sudan's Oil Industry'. Based on fieldwork between 2010 - 2012, it provides analysis on community - oil company relations, labour practices in the sector, and on impact of the industry on local land use patterns in South Sudan.

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5780 Tue, 06 May 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Urgent call to president Salva Kiir to respect human rights in South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/urgent-call-to-president-salva-kiir-to-respect-human-rights-in-south-sudan South Sudanese and international non-governmental organizations - including PAX - wrote a letter to H.E. Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan, urging him to ratify the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

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5781 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[No Dutch Data for illegal American drone programme]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/no-dutch-data-for-illegal-american-drone-programme By collecting and sharing data on telephone communication from Somalia with the United States the Netherlands is indirectly supporting human rights violations.

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5782 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[PAX presents international guidelines for prohibtions on investments in cluster munitions]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-presents-international-guidelines-for-prohibtions-on-investments-in-cluster-munitions Tuesday PAX presented a report in Geneva on international prohibitions on investments in cluster munitions. The peace organisation did this during a meeting of states that are part of the historical Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). With this report PAX aims to put investments in cluster munitions producers on the agenda. PAX calls on states to prohibit this type of investments. Using examples of existing prohibitions on investments the peace organisation aims to make it easier for states to develop effective legislation.

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5783 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA['Even children who cannot speak also want peace in South Sudan']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/even-children-who-cannot-speak-also-want-peace-in-south-sudan The Dutch peace organisation PAX is also represented in Juba, the young capital of South Sudan. Daud Gideon is one of our Juba Staff over there. He visited the second round of the peace talks on South Sudan, which took place in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia between 19 and 31 March.

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5784 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The forgotten topic of the NSS]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/the-forgotten-topic-of-the-nss Delegations from all over the world are gathering on 24 and 25 March at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague to talk about nuclear security. They will hold discussions on how to prevent nuclear terrorism and how to secure nuclear materials. However, what they won't do is talk about nuclear weapons. Dutch peace organisation PAX thinks this is inconceivable. 'If we are talking about terrorism, if we are talking about (in)security, we cannot leave out nuclear weapons.

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5785 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX' critical position towards 'Bettercoal']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-critical-position-towards-bettercoal In January, PAX, ActionAid, Amnesty International Nederland, FNV Mondiaal, ICCO and Somo sent a critical letter on Bettercoal to Ms Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands. Their concerns were also made on behalf of the victims of violence in the Colombian coal region of Cesar, who are searching reparation and remedy for the thousands of deaths and more than one hundred thousand displaced persons. The Dutch parliament will discuss this issue on April 3.

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5786 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Urge for better protection of civilians by UN peacekeepers in DR Congo]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/urge-for-better-protection-of-civilians-by-un-peacekeepers-in-dr-congo A group of 50 Congolese and 9 international civil society groups - including PAX - calls on the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the DR Congo ‘MONUSCO’ to improve their efforts to protect civilians from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). This rebel group has abducted over 3,400 Congolese civilians and killed over 2,400 since 2008.

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5787 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Open Letter from South Sudanese Civil Society]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/open-letter-from-south-sudanese-civil-society With support from PAX and a number of other NGOs, thirteen South Sudanese Civil Society Organizations have sent an open letter to the Members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR).

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5788 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[European NGO's disappointed about proposed EU law on conflict minerals]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/european-ngos-disappointed-about-proposed-eu-law-on-conflict-minerals A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies' mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses, and falls far short of expectations, European campaigners said this week. Dutch peace organization PAX is one of them.

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5789 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Killer robots movie]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/killer-robots-movie PAX made an animated movie about killer robots. With the movie we want to show why these weapons should be banned. Although killer robots do not exist yet, the rapid advances in military technology show that the capability to deploy fully autonomous weapons is on its way.

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5790 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[European Parliament Resolution on Killer Robots a First]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/european-parliament-resolution-on-killer-robots-a-first The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the use of armed drones that includes a call for a ban on killer robots. The resolution sponsored by the Greens/European Free Alliance group of Members of the European Parliament with cross-party support, passed by a vote of 534–49 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 27 February.

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5791 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Plea for strong EU regulation on conflict resources]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/plea-for-strong-eu-regulation-on-conflict-resources Over sixty international non-governmental organizations endorse the call of the European Parliament for binding EU rules that ensure that all companies operating in the EU, using or trading minerals sources from conflict-affected areas, check their supply chains to reduce the risk of conflict financing and human rights abuses.

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5792 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Stop killer robots while we still can]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/stop-killer-robots-while-we-still-can On the 26th of February PAX will present the report 'Deadly Decisions - 8 objections to killer robots' at the annual NGO conference of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots in London. The report highlights eight objections to killer robots and explains why a comprehensive and pre-emptive ban on these weapons is necessary.

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5793 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Churches play important role in peace process South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/churches-play-important-role-in-peace-process-south-sudan In South Sudan churches play a key role in the mediation and reconciliation efforts. In the light of the current crisis PAX frequently provides financial support to the churches of South Sudan for enabling them to initiate mediation work and launch peace & reconciliation initiatives.

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5794 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Recommendations PAX on South Sudan for 'Addis']]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/recommendations-pax-on-south-sudan-for-addis In the second round of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led negotiations, which will most likely start next Wednesday in Debre Zeit near Addis Ababa, it is critical to address the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan. This can only be done if the participation of all parties - including churches and civil society as independent actors - is ensured. PAX therefore recommends the following.

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5795 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Mexico conference marks turning point towards nuclear weapon ban]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/mexico-conference-marks-turning-point-towards-nuclear-weapon-ban The Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, concluded today with a call from the Mexican hosts for states to launch a diplomatic process to ban nuclear weapons. Over 140 governments participated from all regions of the world.

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5796 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[What if a nuclear bomb exploded in Rotterdam?]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/what-if-a-nuclear-bomb-exploded-in-rotterdam This week, PAX presented 'The Rotterdam Blast' report. The report describes the impact of a nuclear explosion in Rotterdam. The scenario draws a disturbing picture of the effects of a nuclear explosion on humans, the environment, society and the economy. One thing is clear: no society can prepare itself for the impact of a nuclear explosion.

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5797 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[South Sudan needs to make a new start]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/south-sudan-needs-to-make-a-new-start On 23 January the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and SPLM/A-Opposition signed the Cease-fire and Detainees Agreements in Addis Ababa.

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5798 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Dutch Peace organization PAX supports cease-fire in South Sudan]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/dutch-peace-organization-pax-supports-cease-fire-in-south-sudan After four days of negotiations in Addis Ababa between delegations of the Government of South Sudan and the Cobra Faction of the South Sudan Democratic Movement/ South Sudan Defence Army (SSDM/A) - as the rebels of General David Yau Yau style themselves - agreement has been reached on the modalities of the cease-fire that was proclaimed by President Salva Kiir on 6 January 2014 and accepted by General David Yau Yau. Dutch peace organization PAX has facilitated these negotiations.

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5799 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[PAX Christi International on the Central African Republic]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/pax-christi-international-on-the-central-african-republic In today's statement on the serious situation in the Central African Republic, Pax Christi International calls the international community - especially the European Union and its member states, as well as the African Union - to increase their efforts to help bringing violence to an end, to ensure a return to the rule of law and to guarantee access to humanitarian aid to the thousands of refugees and displaced persons.

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5800 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[IKV Pax Christi becomes PAX]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/ikv-pax-christi-becomes-pax As of today, Wednesday 29 January 2014, peace movement IKV Pax Christi will continue under the name of PAX. The new name clearly indicates what the movement stands for and works for: peace.

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5801 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Interfaith declaration]]> https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/interfaith-declaration We call on religious leaders, faith groups and faith-based organizations to take a stand against the development, production and use of fully autonomous weapons and to sign the interfaith declaration.

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5802 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100