A Disarming Debate: findings from a one day seminar

The report provides an overview of the conference ‘A Disarming Debate: Challenging Militarism in British Academia,’ which addressed concerns about the influence of the military-industrial complex on UK universities.

Human Rights Watch report highlights grave violations amidst rising civilian casualties in Sudan

This report highlights the grave human rights violations and devastation caused by the use of explosive weapons in Sudan’s armed conflict, emphasizing the urgent need for international action, including an arms embargo and targeted sanctions, to protect civilians, ensure accountability, and provide humanitarian assistance.

Sudan’s unravelling crisis: international community urges peace amid power struggle and worsening humanitarian situation

The escalating conflict in Sudan, driven by a power struggle between military factions, threatens regional stability and requires urgent international efforts to broker peace and prevent a deepening humanitarian crisis.

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 […]