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September 2015
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 Highlights

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

On 28-30 September 2015, as part of a week-long tour of major European Cities, a Bahraini Delegation of opposition leaders visited Brussels for a series of meetings with EU institutions, organised with the support of No Peace Without Justice. The delegation included Ms Fareda Ghulam, women's rights activist and Vice Secretary of the secular National Democratic Action Society (Waad) (as well as wife of Ibrahim Sharif, a prominent opposition figure), and Dr Jasim Husain Ali, resigned member of Bahrain’s Council of Representatives and representative of Al-Wefaq, the largest opposition party in the country.
 
The purpose of Bahraini Delegation's visit was to shed light on the ongoing campaign of intimidation and threats carried out by the Bahraini authorities against political and civil society leaders of the opposition and human rights defenders, as well as to discuss possible initiatives to support meaningful democratic reform, the rule of law and respect of human rights in the country. Despite the Bahraini regime’s claims of reform, silencing any peaceful dissent remains a routine trend, as highlighted by the latest resolution on Bahrain adopted in July 2015 by the European Parliament condemning human rights abuses in Bahrain, and calling for the release of imprisoned human rights defenders.
 
Special focus was also dedicated to the case of Ibrahim Sharif, who was re-arrested on 11 July on charges of “violating the law” and “promoting political change through forceful means and threats and inciting hatred against the regime” after giving a speech for democratic reforms. The arrest occurred only three weeks after he was released from prison, having served nearly all of a five-year sentence for peacefully calling for reform in 2011. With Sharif back in detention, the rest of the Bahrain Thirteen still behind bars and the General-Secretary of the country’s largest opposition bloc al-Wefaq Sheikh Ali Salman recently sentenced to four years in prison for inciting “hatred” and “disobedience” against the regime, almost the entire leadership of Bahrain’s political opposition is now in jail.
 
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UNIDO and NPWJ organise the Conference: "Women Economic Empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, State of Palestine and Tunisia"
 

United Nations Industrial Development Organization and (UNIDO) No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) are organizing the Conference “Women Economic Empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, State of Palestine and Tunisia”, which will be held on Wednesday 14th October 2015 in Milan, at Media Centre EXPO. The Conference is part of the UNIDO project “Promoting Women Empowerment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in the MENA region”, funded by the Italian Government.
 

Among the high-level speakers, the Conference will see the presence of  the former Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and founder of No Peace Without Justice, Ms. Emma Bonino, the Lebanese Minister of Industry, Mr. Hussein El Hajj Hassan, and other representatives of the Ministries of Industry and  the women national associations of the six targeted countries. Furthermore, members of the civil society and representatives of both public and private sectors will attend the Conference. As per enclosed draft concept note, the Conference intends to establish a policy dialogue between the different associations represented and the Governments of the six targeted countries’, in order to formulaterecommendations and share good practices on relevant topics for the development of women entrepreneurship in the Region. Another objective is the promotion of commercial and investment collaborations between the six targeted countries and European companies through the organization of B2B meetings.

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NPWJ and NRPTT welcome Victor Ochen as new Global Goals Ambassador for Peace and Justice
 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) warmly congratulate our longstanding partner and friend Victor Ochen for his appointment by the United Nations as Global Goals Ambassador for Peace and Justice.
 
This appointment is a sign of recognition for victims and survivors of unbearable atrocities who struggle to regain their dignity as well as devote their lives to support their fellow survivors and affected communities in overcoming vulnerability and in anchoring their future in peaceful post-conflict recovery and development. It is a good signal that the UN has chosen a powerful voice from within the victims communities who has empowered others around the world to have their voices heard.
 
We are proud to have been working side by side with Victor Ochen, whose determination to promote transitional justice and a human rights culture in Northern Uganda and beyond has been fuelled by having been a war victim himself growing up in a refugee camp. Through the African Youth Initiative Network, which he founded in 2005, Victor Ochen has consistently shown both commitment and effectiveness in his efforts to address the needs and trauma of war victims, in particular children and women, and advance their rehabilitation and active empowerment through peace and justice.
 
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 NPWJ events

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene Side Event on "Political Solution and Accountability for Syria"
 

On the occasion of the 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), together with the Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum, convened a Side Event on "Political Solution and Accountability for Syria", which was held on 21 September 2015. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Governments of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Turkey, USA and the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.
 
Panelists of the meeting, to be co-Chaired by Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, Secretary General No Peace Without Justice and Hussein Sabbagh, Secretary General of Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum, include Hisham MarwahVice President of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, Samir Altaqi, Orient Research Centre, Mohammed Nehad Nader, Brigadier-General (rtd.) of the Syrian ArmyRaheb Alwany, Human Rights Defender, Stephen Rapp, former Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, former US Ambassador on War Crimes Issues.
 
This side event addressed the issues of redress and accountability for violence, abuses and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law as an essential component of UN-led consultations and discussions, and aims to discuss some of the complex questions that this entails. The meeting also served as a reminder of the urgent priority of reaching a lasting political solution to the Syrian war, through an inclusive and participatory process, capable to ensure redress for all victims, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation, including through accountability processes for crimes under international law that can foster national reconciliation, ensure no repetition and an end to impunity for violations of international humanitarian law.
 
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NPWJ and OSF hold training on documenting human rights violations against refugees and migrants
 

On 14-17 September 2015, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) together with Open Society Foundation (OSF) held a training course on “Documenting Human Rights Violations”, which took place in Skopje, Macedonia.
 
The purpose of the training was to build the capacity of civil society groups and human rights activists from Macedonia, Greece, Ungary and Serbia on documenting human rights violations, particularly in the treatment of refugees and migrants. As highlighted by the incidents occurring at the borders of these countries, refugees and migrants are exposed to the risk of multiple ill-treatments and human rights violations at the hands of the border police or other law enforcement officials.
 
The course introduced participants to all relevant aspects linked to the documentation of human rights violations, incorporating human rights law, documentation standards, interviewing including vulnerable witnesses, safety and security and uses of documentation, both within accountability processes and for advocacy purposes including at the UN levels. Practical exercises and case studies was also be provided during the training in order to enable participants to contextualise these standards in light of the situation on the ground.
 
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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

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

NPWJ and OSF hold training on documenting human rights violations against refugees and migrants
Skopje, Macedonia, 14 September 2015

NPWJ and NRPTT welcome Victor Ochen as new Global Goals Ambassador for Peace and Justice
Brussels - Rome, 3 September 2015

Bahrain/Urgent Appeal: Release Prisoner of Conscience Dr Abduljalil al-Singace as Hunger Strike Reaches 160th Day
27 August 2015

Bahrain: NPWJ and the NRPTT strongly condemn new sham trial against opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif
Brussels – Rome, 24 August 2015

Necessary, but sufficient? UN Security Council authorises new body to investigate chemical weapons in Syria
Brussels, Rome – 8 August 2015

No Peace Without Justice pays tribute to Giovanni Conso’s extraordinary contribution to international justice
Rome - Brussels, 3 August 2015

Libya’s missed opportunity: flawed penalties follow flawed trials
Brussels, Rome – 28 July 2015

 NPWJ in the news


 

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

A new chance for Cyprus
By Martti Ahtisaari, Emma Bonino, Albert Rohan, and Nathalie Tocci, New Vision, 26 August 2015

Les juges doivent rouvrir l’affaire Kenyatta
CNTV, 20 August 2015

Libia, Appello bipartisan dall’Italia: “Torture inaccettabili per figli Gheddafi”
Termometro Politico, 7 August 2015

Lettera appello dei politici italiani: "Inaccettabili le torture ai Gheddafi"
Il Corriere / TGcom24, 7 August 2015

Sull’Universalità dei Diritti Umani
i Ilaria Nespoli, L'Opinione, 3 August 2015

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