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It’s IID’s 28th Anniversary.

Established in 1988, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity. IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor. It established the Asia-Pacific Coalition for East Timor (APCET) in 1994 that spearheaded a regional people’s solidarity movement for the then occupied nation.

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Solidarity! (Volume 1 No. 2), a quarterly publication of IID

The articles published in this issue highlight the TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE as an overarching theme. Transitional justice is not only a timely concern in a number of countries experiencing post-conflict or post-authoritarian transitions, in which IID and our partners are active. It also allows for a confluence of all the issues lying at the core of IID’s work. Peace and human security, self-determination, human rights and democratization are concerns that underpin transitional justice issues.

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Solidarity! (Volume 1 No. 1), a quarterly publication of IID

Welcome to the first issue of the SOLIDARITY!, the quarterly E-newsletter of IID.

This is a re-launch of the same IID publication printed initially more than 28 years ago when IID was still in its gestation period.

At IID’s precursor organization, Center for International Learning (CIL) – Tuluyan San Benito based in Quezon City in the Philippines, the rst issue of Solidarity – sans the exclamation point (!) – was born. It was produced by the then motley IID team of 5 people who believed in a better world if peoples from both the “South” and “North” and those in the “East” and “West” embrace the notion of “people-to-people internationalism”. Start-up and bold ideas and opinions such as “south-south solidarity” and questioning the relevance of the UN at a time of continuing strife even at the twilight of the Cold War were some of the issues that we tackled in the maiden issue.

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APCET: Child of a People’s Struggle

This book was a long time coming.

We had intended to put down in writing the more than 10 years of our work, in supporting the struggle for self-determination of the East Timorese through the regional solidarity formation that we helped establish: the Asia-Pacific Coalition for East Timor (APCET).

Our purpose was to sum up our experience and draw valuable lessons and practices – both good and not so good- those were generated by our accompaniment so as to share the discourse to those who find themselves in akin situations today and in the future.

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While leading now the All-Out Peace (AOP) campaign for an inclusive and just Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the Philippines, the Davao-based regional advocacy and solidarity organization Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) will be conferred the highest civilian award in Timor Leste this week for their similar role in leading the campaign in the region for East Timor’s self determination more than a decade ago.

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