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October 2015
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 Highlights

NPWJ and NRPTT urge India to stand up for justice and not grant impunity to President al-Bashir
 

No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) are extremely disappointed by the decision of the Government of India to host Sudanese President Al-Bashir, in view of the India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in New Delhi from 26 to 29 October 2015. This move blatantly contradicts the values and principles on which this nation is grounded and is an affront to the victims of the crimes for which he allegedly bears the greatest responsibility.
 
Instead of granting impunity to a head of State who is on the run from international arrest warrants for grave human rights violations, India should demonstrate its commitment to justice, the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights. This can be done by cooperating with the ICC and assisting in the arrest of President al-Bashir while he remains on India’s territory. It is really in India’s interests to do so: being considered a safe haven for war criminals can only tarnish the global leadership position to which it aspires.
 
Twelve years after the start of the conflict in Darfur, widespread and systematic violations of international human rights and humanitarian law continue unabated. We urge India to stand up for the rights of the people of Sudan and Darfur to reparations and the establishment of truth and justice for what has happened to them.
 
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Alison Smith is Legal Counsel and Director of the International Criminal Justice Program of No Peace Without Justice

International Crisis Group honours Emma Bonino as a champion for peace and justice
 

During a ceremony held today in New York, Emma Bonino, former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and founder of No Peace Without Justice, received the “Fred Cuny Award for the Prevention of Deadly Conflicts” from the International Crisis Group.
 
Ms. Bonino’s prize, which was presented by George Soros, a member of Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees, pays tribute to her outstanding commitment and pioneering role in the promotion of humanitarian and political action in crises. As European commissioner for humanitarian aid during the 1990s, she fought to draw international attention to crises in the African Great Lakes Region and the Balkans. She later founded the campaign group No Peace Without Justice and was a driving force behind the creation of a special court to try crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia. Emma Bonino is also a pioneer in promoting women’s rights.
 
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Nobel Peace Prize: An important acknowledgment for Tunisia and a signal of hope for all Tunisians
 

“I am really happy that the Norwegian Nobel Committee has chosen for the Peace Price the National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia composed by the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers. This is a political signal of attention and encouragement for a country that it is doing its best to succeed in an extremely complicated regional situation.
 
“Today’s decision is a choice of hope that goes into the direction that NPWJ supports since a long time: it imposes to the international community not to let down those countries in transition that want to achieve democracy. Tunisia together with Morocco, Jordan and to a certain extent Lebanon, are the most emblematic examples in this direction. I hope that today’s success is the first of a series of steps that each country can take bilaterally and that the European Union can facilitate through an authentic common foreign policy that considers fundamental the priorities of an area of the world so crucial for us."
 
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* Niccolò Figà-Talamanca is Secretary-General of No Peace Without Justice

International Day of Non-Violence: NPWJ and NRPTT stand by the men and women worldwide who stand up for their rights through peaceful means
 

On this International Day of Non-Violence, No Peace without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) want to extend a special salute and recognition to all the outstanding individuals around the world who, in the face of brutal repression, work tirelessly to encourage and inspire nonviolence as an essential and effective political instrument to advance meaningful democratic reform, the rule of law and respect of human rights in their country.
 
Courageous men and women from Syria to Bahrain and elsewhere are at the forefront of the nonviolent quest to champion the values and principles of human rights and democracy, and seek recognition of their broader political and social rights and those of their communities at large. On a daily basis, they face brutal regimes that dedicate considerable resources to silencing these brave men and women through censorship, repressive legislation, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, intimidation, violence and worse.
 
Supporting the empowerment of nonviolent activists and human rights defenders is one of the best ways to help prevent conflict, to break ravaging cycles of violence and to build democratic societies grounded firmly on a culture of tolerance and nonviolence. NPWJ and the NRPTT recommit ourselves to standing by their side in the struggle to ensure that liberal and democratic institutions thrive in their countries as the home-grown aspirations they are.
 
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International Day of the Girl Child: NPWJ and NRPTT call for enhanced commitment to protect girls’ rights
 

 

On this International Day of the Girl Child, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) take this opportunity to remember the too many gaps hindering – at various levels and sometimes in a brutal and cruel manner – the process towards the full protection of the human rights of children, particularly girls.
 
Millions of girls worldwide are still victims or at risk of violations of their human rights, as both a result and a perpetuation of gender inequality and discrimination that denies them the most basic forms of autonomy and self-determination. They are victims of sexual abuse, exploitation and so-called traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage, and too often denied their right to health, safety and education.
 

On this important day when we reaffirm our commitment to stand up for the rights of girls, it is also important to note that many countries worldwide still lack appropriate and effective legislation to protect them and that, where laws have been enacted, political will to implement them effectively has not always followed. NPWJ and the NRPTT appeal to all states to turn their political commitment into concrete, efficient and coordinated policies to address the unique and most pressing challenges girls face around the world and to ensure the fulfilment of their human rights.

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 NPWJ events

NPWJ and UNIDO organise Conference to foster women's entrepreneurship in the MENA Region
 

Worldwide, women have an essential role in human development at all levels, including economic, social and individual rights. However, in many countries, women are still de facto second-class citizens. It is only through their full participation in all areas of life, in accordance with fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination, that democracy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will be fully developed and consolidated.
 
The conference, which was held in Milan at the EXPO Media Centre on 14 October 2015 on the initiative of No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), aimed to focus on a specific and central aspect of the status of women in the Southern Mediterranean: to empower them to do business and contribute to the economic growth of their countries.
 
The governments of the six selected countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon), which were represented by the Ministers of Industry and Women’s Affairs, engaged in dialogue with the respective national associations of women entrepreneurs in order to formulate recommendations and share good practices to support and enhance the development of women’s entrepreneurship in the region.
 
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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.

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 NPWJ press releases

NPWJ and NRPTT urge India to stand up for justice and not grant impunity to President al-Bashir
Brussels-Rome, 27 October 2015

International Crisis Group honours Emma Bonino as a champion for peace and justice
New York, 26 October 2015

NPWJ and UNIDO organise Conference to foster women's entrepreneurship in the MENA Region
Milan, Italy, 14 October 2015

Nobel Peace Prize: An important acknowledgment for Tunisia and a signal of hope for all Tunisians
Brussels - Rome, 9 October 2015

Bahrain: NPWJ and NRPTT join renewed civil society call for al-Singace release as protest hits 200 days
7 October 2015

Syria: NPWJ joins civil society call for the immediate release of Bassel Khartabil
7 October 2015

Syria: Joint Statement Urging Release of Human Rights Lawyer Khalil Ma’touq
6 October 2015

International Day of Non-Violence: NPWJ and NRPTT stand by the men and women worldwide who stand up for their rights through peaceful means
Brussels – Rome, 2 October 2015

Bahrain: NPWJ supports visit of opposition leaders in Brussels to call for ending repression and promoting meaningful political reform
Brussels, 30 September 2015

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene Side Event on "Political Solution and Accountability for Syria"
Geneva, UNHRC, Palais des Nations, 21 September 2015

 NPWJ in the news


 

Emma Bonino premiata da George Soros
Imola Oggi, 28 October 2015

Premio internazionale a Emma Bonino. Insignita a New York insieme ad altri sette leader
ANSA, 26 October 2015

Nord del Mediterraneo: l’imprenditoria femminile chiave per lo sviluppo e la crescita
Tribuna Economica, 15 October 2015

Hajj Hassan lors d'une conférence sur l'autonomisation des femmes à Milan: encourager la femme pour qu'elle contribue à la lutte contre le chômage
ANI (Liban), 15 October 2015

Forum internazionale, donne imprenditrici fattore sviluppo
AGI - Rho (Milano), 14 October 2015

Expo: Bonino e Unido, imprenditoria femminile è la chiave
(ANSA) - MILANO, 14 October 2015

Expo, Emma Bonino: «Le donne devono imparare a fare rete»
Corriere (Milano), 14 October 2015

MENA female entrepreneurship conference opens at Expo
Gazzetta del Sud, 14 October 2015

Pretoria still liable in case of Sudanese President even if it withdraws from ICC
By Jack Parrock, Nam News Network - SABC, 14 October 2015

SA’s ICC withdrawal won’t erase Omar al-Bashir saga
By Jack Parrock, SABC, 13 October 2015

Skopje: Successful Participation in Meeting on Monitoring Human Rights Violations on Migrants
Budapest Centre for Genocide Prevention, 17 September 2015

ICC: There is no diplomatic immunity in the case of Bashir
Jack Parrock, SABC News, 8 September 2015

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