Victims’ voices: an ex-combatant working for a peaceful election.

Emery Minani is a 31 years old ex-combatant who was born in Gitega, central Burundi.  He was 13 years old when he was forced to join the rebels in 1996.  “I firstly joined the CNDD (National Council for the Defence of Democracy) rebellion but deserted in 2000. I did not take arms because I wanted […]

Colombian town emerges from bloody past, but healing trauma proves elusive

This article, by Anastasia Moloney, is republished with the kind permission of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Along the main square in this town, men chat over beer and billiards to the sound of blaring “Vallenato” folk music. Churchgoers attend afternoon mass and schoolchildren enjoy ice cream in the shade of palm trees. In the surrounding verdant […]

In focus: Alexandra Hernandez, Asesoría de Paz

Alexandra Hernandez is a lawyer, specialised in Administrative Law and Peace Counsellor at the Santiago de Cali Municipality. AOAV: Can you please explain your work? Alexandra Hernandez: The ‘Asesoría de Paz’ of the Cali municipality has three basic functions: One is of social nature, through which we manage the DPS (Department for Social Prosperity) against extreme poverty. […]

In focus: Wim Zwijnenburg, Policy Advisor Security & Disarmament at IKV Pax Christi

Wim Zwijnenburg, Policy Advisor for Security & Disarmament at IKV Pax Christi, explains the Dutch civil society organisation’s role in armed violence reduction. What is IKV Pax Christi? IKV Pax Christi has a sixty-year history in peace work. In 2007 it combined the strengths of the Dutch Interchurch Peace Council (IKV, 1966) and Pax Christi Netherlands (1948, a member of […]

In focus: Nate Haken, Senior Associate at The Fund for Peace

Nate Haken provides strategic support to PIND’s Partners for Peace project. One of his key projects is the peacebuilding map, Nigeria’s first interactive web map tracing both incidents of violence and responses to it. AOAV and the National Working Group on Armed Violence have contributed data on over 200 “partners of peace” tackling the violence. Nate […]

Human rights central to Colombia’s peace process, UN official stresses

Respect for human rights will be critical as Colombia transitions from conflict to peace, a top United Nations official stressed, noting in particular that the rights of victims must be at the centre of the Government’s negotiations with rebel groups. “It will not be easy to create a society that respects each other’s rights after […]

Kristian Berg Harpviken

Kristian Berg Harpviken Director of Peace Research Institute Oslo Kristian Berg Harpviken is the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), an organisation conducting research on why wars break out, how they are sustained and what it takes to build a durable peace. Among their ongoing projects is research focused on the gendered impacts […]

Jan Gruiters

Jan Gruiters Managing Director of IKV Pax Christi IKV Pax Christi is a Dutch civil society organisation that works for peace, reconciliation and justice. They operate in 15 countries improving human security as well as producing research and lobbying on a wide range of issues including protection of civilians, cluster munitions and landmines and financial […]

Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee Liberian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman. Gbowee and other women lead a peace movement in Liberia which worked across religious and ethnic lines. After initially training as […]

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Lhamo Dondrub, the 14th Dalai Lama The 14th Dalai Lama, is the head monk of the Gelupga lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a global social activist. The Dalai Lama has worked to spread the message of non-violence and religious harmony throughout the world. He is one of the most high profile and recognisable […]

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Former US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Former US President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for “his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.” While President Carter’s achievements include the brokering of the Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel and the […]

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. During his time at the helm the UN he strengthened its peace keeping activities, initiated the Millennium Development Goals and supported efforts for states to recognise a responsibility to protect people from genocide and war crimes. Annan […]