PAX has been working in the Middle East since the 1990s. Since 2000, its focus has been on local civil society and individual activists who can play a role in social and political changes in the region.
We concentrate on augmenting trust and normalising relations. We work on society's structure and build peace within and between societies to create a new political climate.
In the aftermath of the 2011 popular uprising to bring down the Saleh regime, Yemen has faced immense pain and conflict. Various conflict actors have committed war crimes and grave human rights violations and have caused a severe humanitarian crisis. The civic space in Yemen is considered almost closed. Grassroot organizations lack protection, capacity, and opportunities to access international networks. Supporting the civil society in Yemen contributes to efforts towards sustainable peace. This is what PAX, and its partners are working on through the Strengthening Civic Courage programme.
Energizing Reform is a project implemented by IIHLR, Ceasefire, PAX and PFO to make citizens voices heard in Baghdad and Erbil. Project runtime: 2020 – 2021
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) guarantees the protective presence of international observers in fragile communities on the West Bank including East Jerusalem. Monitoring developments in the occupied territories and reporting human rights violations brings extra protection. Key principles of the programme are: nonviolence, monitoring of human rights violations, protective presence, standing with local peace and human rights groups, advocacy, and principled impartiality.
Musawat, meaning equality in Arabic, is a regional project implemented by PAX and partners running since 2019 in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.