In Europe, PAX works with local partners on inter-group dialogue, strengthening local governance, and memorialization. In all programmes, we combine community work with lobby and advocacy. We work in the following countries: Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (with a focus on Srebrenica) and Ukraine. We also have a European-wide programme, to advocate for positive, inclusive peace within Europe.
Overall objective of the activitiesFreedom of religion in Ukraine is upheld in a peaceful way, rights of religious minorities are upheld and safeguarded, and mutual understanding and non-violent dialogue between communities of different religious denominations is increased in the context of the recognition of an autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
PAX works with local civil society to bring citizens together to address challenges of common interest such as poor governance, a weak rule of law and the unresolved legacy of violent conflict.
PAX supports the survivors of the Srebrenica massacre and the next of kin of those who perished. It supports their campaigns for truth and justice, and organizes commemorations and stimulates dialogue between Dutch battalion members and Srebrenica widows, to increase feelings of recognition, foster mutual understanding and to help to deal with traumas on all sides. The Potocari Memorial Center is an important partner in all this work.
During the last few years PAX has focused on memorialization and shared narratives in the Western Balkans (Kosovo, Serbia, BiH and Croatia). Inclusive Memory Initiatives are increasingly important for the Western Balkans, as they directly challenge the dominant ethno-nationalist narratives that the political elites continue to promote.
Wij werken in de volgende landen:
PAX has been active in the Western Balkans since the mid-1980’s, when peace and human rights activists from Yugoslavia reached out with alarming reports about the rise of ethnic nationalism. Even though the wars of the 90s now lie more than 20 years behind us, in most countries the dominant ethno-nationalist narratives of the parties in power have not fundamentally changed.
PAX works on peace in the Netherlands too. Together with local organisations and passionate volunteers, PAX works on obtaining an inclusive society that is based on solidarity. Also, we get Dutch citizens involved in our international work in conflict areas via campaigns.
From 2014 onwards, PAX has been following closely as events unfolded in Ukraine. During two scoping missions, PAX spoke to over 60 interlocutors from civil society, local authorities and administrations, and churches. The network expanded and since 2015 PAX officially started its Ukraine program.