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Gus Miclat: “All-Out Peace”

At Hague Talks in Colombo, local and international voices reflect together on the importance of civil society participation in preventing conflict and building peace. Speakers from Sri Lanka, Colombia and The Philippines share how their personal experiences inspired them to become peacebuilders and reflect on the need of involving civil society to sustain peace.

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Beyond the Malaysian Political Tsunami

The stunning victory of the opposition in Malaysia’s recent parliamentary elections led by former strongman Dr. Mahatir Mohamad has left people ecstatic, bewildered or anxious. While it was generally welcomed by the Malaysian population which gave Mahatir’s Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition more than a simple majority in parliament, there are those who are […]

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Myanmar Must Prioritize Protection of Civilians in Rakhine State, Address the Roots of the Conflict

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, people’s organisations and individuals, affirm our belief in peoples’ right to self-identification, and the primacy of dialogue and a politically-negotiated settlement in transforming conflicts. We express our deep anguish and concern with the latest escalation of violence in Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar, and the attacks against unarmed civilians. We condemn […]

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‘Bakwit sa Syudad’ affirm primacy of dialogue; renew call to end Marawi crisis

Manila, Philippines — A 25-member delegation of ‘bakwits’, or internally displaced peoples (IDPs), with various allied organisations and peace builders under the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) and All-Out Peace (AOP), flew to Manila to visit Congress to voice out the realities on the ground, particularly their call for safe return to their homes, and for durable […]

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Promoting Pluralism In Preventing Violent Extremism: A View from Civil Society*

The interest in discussing and addressing violent extremism (VE) and its prevention in recent weeks has reached some sort of a crescendo in this country due to the lingering Marawi siege; and in the region due to the debacle of the Rohingyas in Burma/Myanmar. It has become what we call the “flavor of the month”.

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