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March 2014
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 Highlights

Together #withSyria: Let 2014 be the year to end the suffering
 

15 March 2014 marks the third anniversary of the Syria crisis, three years of failure by the world to end the appalling suffering. 15 March 2014 marks the third anniversary since the call went up from the people of Syria for greater political and economic freedom and greater respect for their basic human rights. Instead of this call being met with reform, it was met with brute force and oppression; ordinary people were killed in the streets by their own government.
 
No Peace Without Justice, Kirkayak Sanat Merkezi and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty commemorate this third anniversary of the revolution together with the people of Syria, hoping that this year will be the last year Syria will continue to suffer the repression and violence of previous years.
 
We take this opportunity to stand with our Syrian colleagues to underline how this revolution started and the basic principles underpinning it, principles shared in common with people the world over. We take this opportunity to pay tribute to the people of Syria who despite these three years of violence that have all but destroyed a country, has not waived in its demand for freedom, justice and democracy. It is the international community that has waived in its obligation to protect the people of Syria – to prevent the imprisonment, torture, rape and killing that has occurred with regularity these past three years. The international community needs to do better in 2014, so next year this day can be a day of celebration rather than mournful reflection.
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International Women’s Day: NPWJ and SWN pay tribute to the courage of Syrian Women
 

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day (IWD), No Peace Without Justice and the Syrian Women’s Network convened in Gaziantep, Turkey, a press conference under the title “8 March 2014 for Syrian Women: free from violence, free to build democracy”.
 
Syrian women and children have been a primary target of the escalating violence since the inception of the Syrian uprising. In March 2011, the torture and killing of several young students, who were arrested for writing anti-government graffiti in the city of Daraa, triggered the revolt. Since then, women and children have borne the brunt of the abuses and human rights violations committed in Syria, including rape and other sexual- and gender-based violence, forced displacement, starvation and city blockades.
 
The purpose of the event was to pay a concrete tribute to the courage of the Syrian women and their significant role in the non-violent movement for a free, inclusive and democratic Syria and to send a message of support and gratitude to the Syrian women involved at so many levels - humanitarian, civic, political – to end the current brutal war and bring peace, accountability and reconciliation to Syria. It is of critical importance that those who had suffered the most since March 2011 be heard and that women’s perspectives recognised as fundamental elements for the future of Syria, least they will face further repression by being silenced and further segregated by the dynamics of war.
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"No Peace Without Justice Human Rights Award” honours Pakistani organisation “Blue Veins”, detainee Francesco Morelli and Syrian women for their extraordinary courage
 

On 3 March 2014, the award ceremony of the inaugural “No Peace Without Justice Award for Human Rights” took place in Rome, at the Sala Zuccari of the Italian Senate of the Republic, in the presence of Vice-President of the Italian Senate, Valeria Fedeli, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino and former Minister of Justice, Annamaria Cancellieri. The purpose of the NPWJ Human Rights Award is to encourage and support the work of all those men and women who are fighting around the world for the affirmation of the rule of law, a precondition for the existence of fundamental rights of the person.
 
The Jury who selected the laureates was composed of Italian and international personalities, including the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda; the Chair of the Convention People’s Party of Ghana, Samia Nkrumah; President of the Extraordinary Commission for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights of the Italian Senate, Luigi Manconi; Secretary of the Italian Radicals, Rita Bernardini; and Secretary to the Italian Prime Minister, Sandro Gozi.
 
The winners of the Award are, for the international section, Qamar Naseem, representative of Blue Veins, an organisation established in Peshawar, Pakistan, that works to prevent early and forced marriage in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas; and, for the Italian section, Francesco Morelli, who spent 12 years in jail under the so-called “Article 21” regime and has been dedicated to exposing the true reality of Italian prisons and the poor living conditions of those who are detained. A Special Award was also conferred to Syrian women, in recognition of their courage in taking to the streets to protest against the Assad regime and in facing firsthand the violence of the war. The Special Award was collected by Suhair Atassi, who is part of the Syrian National Coalition and has spent time in prison during the riots of 2011, and Oula Ramadan, human rights activist and member of the follow up committee of the Syrian Women Initiative for Peace and Democracy.
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 NPWJ events

NPWJ holds Training of the Trainers on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Syria
 

“Often women are scared to say anything. They think they will be marginalised by their community and have no source of income,” said one doctor from the Dummar suburb of Damascus, as reported by irinnews.org, the news service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “They think about their families and their children and decide that it is better to suffer in silence.”
 
Breaking the silence and facilitating the investigation of cases of sexual and gender-based violence was one of the main aims of the SGBV Training of Trainers held between 10-13 March 2014 in Gaziantep, Turkey. The training was organised by No Peace Without Justice in partnership with Kirkayak Art Center and the Assistance Coordination Unit with the support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Sexual and gender-based violence continues to be an under-reported but devastating crime committed during conflict and peacetime alike. One of the most important things the international community can do to try to stop this is to help and support the monitoring and documentation efforts of Syrian activists and NGOs working on the ground in Syria and in neighbouring countries. Alongside this support is assistance in building up an accountability system, ensuring perpetrators face justice and the experiences of women and children are not forgotten in the post-conflict world.
 
Alongside this wider and longer-term aim, the training of trainers had two specific goals. First, to build the capacity and increase the knowledge and skills of participants as human rights defenders on SGBV‑related issues. Second, to enable participants to duplicate these trainings within their local communities inside Syria, raising awareness directly among those who are experiencing violence and human rights violations in the daily tragedy of war.
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CSW: NPWJ convenes high level event to foster implementation of the UN resolution Banning Female Genital Mutilation worldwide
 

On the occasion of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a high-level parallel event was convened on 11 March 2014 to discuss measures aimed at fostering the implementation of the resolution calling for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation (A/RES/67/146), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 December 2012.
 
The meeting, entitled “Ban FGM worldwide: Taking action on UNGA Resolution 67/146” and held under the high patronage of H.E. Ms Chantal Compaore, First Lady of Burkina Faso, was organised by No Peace Without Justice, in partnership with the African Center for Gender of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Inter-African Committee for Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, and with the support of the Italian Cooperation.
 
As explicitly called for by the UNGA Resolution, the international community as well as individual states should take effective action to address and prevent this human rights violation through “all necessary measures, including enacting and enforcing legislation to prohibit FGM and to protect women and girls from this form of violence, and to end impunity”. The meeting provided an important opportunity to discuss strategies and measures to ensure the full and swift compliance with its principles and provisions and its translation into effective national laws and regional and national programs of action.
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 NPWJ on Radio Radicale

Have Breakfast with No Peace Without Justice
 

 

No Peace Without Justice and Radio Radicale, the foremost Italian nationwide all-news radio, have an ongoing partnership to provide news and information on our activities to a broad Italian audience. This partnership features an in-depth weekly program on NPWJ’s current campaigns and activities. The program is broadcast in Italian every Friday morning immediately before the main news summary.

The last episodes focused on MENA Democracy Pogram, and especially on the recent activities carried out in Syria, presented by Giacomo Cuscunà. Other topics included the high-level parallel event organized by NPWJ during the Commission on the Status of Women, held on 11 March, to discuss the measures aimed at fostering the implementation of the resolution calling for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Lastly, Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, NPWJ Secretary General, talked about the main political objectives of the organisation, mainly regarding international criminal justice and fight against impunity.

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 NPWJ press releases

Bahrain: NPWJ supports visit of opposition leaders in Brussels to call for ending repression and promoting meaningful political reform
Brussels, 17-19 March 2014

Together #withSyria: Let 2014 be the year to end the suffering
Gaziantep, Brussels, Rome – 15 March 2014

NPWJ Training of the Trainers on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Syria concludes
Gaziantep, Turkey, 13 March 2014

CSW: NRPTT and NPWJ call for the full and complete implementation of the UN resolution Banning Female Genital Mutilation worldwide
New York, 12 March 2014

CSW: NPWJ convenes high level event to foster implementation of the UN resolution Banning Female Genital Mutilation worldwide
New York, 11 March 2014

International Women’s Day: NPWJ and SWN pay tribute to the courage of Syrian Women
Gaziantep, Turkey, 8 March 2014

Ukraine: overview of the visit to Kiev of the NPWJ an NRPTT delegation
By Laura Harth, 7 March 2014

First edition of the “No Peace Without Justice Human Rights Award”
Rome, 3 March 2014

"No Peace Without Justice Human Rights Award” honours Pakistani organisation “Blue Veins”, detainee Francesco Morelli and Syrian women for their extraordinary courage
Rome, 3 March 2014

Ukraine: NPWJ and NRPTT call for ICC Ratification
Brussels, Rome – 26 February 2014

NPWJ urges the Democratic Republic of Congo to stand up for justice and not grant impunity to President al-Bashir
Brussels-Rome, 26 February 2014

Uganda: NPWJ and NRPTT firmly condemn promulgation of Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Brussels-Rome, 25 February 2014

Libya: NPWJ supports Libyan Youth Union in organising third Youth Day on Transitional Justice
Houn, Libya, 22-23 February 2014

 NPWJ in the news


 

Premiati gli eroi dei diritti umani. Assegnati i riconoscimenti di «Non c’è pace senza giustizia»
La Stampa, 4 March 2014

Premio "No Peace Without Justice per i Diritti Umani”: in Senato la cerimonia di consegna
Agora Magazine, 2 March 2014

Procès contre Kenyatta : La CPI dans l’impasse
KongoTimes!, 25 February 2014

Siria: dati su profughi minori inquietanti
AGENPARL(Roma), 19 February 2014

Djibouti hosts regional anti-FGM Conference
By Mohamed Taha Tawakel, Anadolu Agency, 7 February 2014

Moving beyond the ICC impasse
By Lisa Clifford, Irin, 7 February 2014

Bonino in Djibouti: genital mutilation, tragedy that also touches West
By Ministero degli Affari Esteri, 6 February 2014

Somalia: Somali Leaders Push to End Female Genital Mutilation
By AllAfrica, 6 February 2014

Mutilazioni femminili, Bonino a Gibuti: flagello anche in Italia
By TM News, 6 February 2014

Allarme della Bonino, anche in Occidente mutilazioni genitali
By AGI, 6 February 2014

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