Angola: Moxico – State Secretary Defends Human Rights Education in Police Training

Secretary of State for Human Rights, António Bento Bembe, stressed the need for the integration of the teaching of human rights in the training of new personnel of the National Police. “The police, whose responsibility is to enforce the law, must have the sense of citizenship which consists of the awareness of the Rule of Law it is not sustained without having as centre the dignity of the human person and the human rights duly guaranteed.”

Photo: (L-R) Betty Williams; Ingeborg Breines, Co-President, International Peace Bureau; Jonathan Granoff; Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The Measure of Our Humanity: Nobel Peace Laureates Promote Solutions to Refugee Crisis, Terrorism, Climate Change and Nuclear Annihilation

In November the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates crafted the Barcelona Declaration. They addressed the crisis of refugees and the violence of terrorism with a focus on positive policies focused on root causes. A measure of a civilization is how it treats the most vulnerable. From that perspective, it is necessary to look with compassion on the lives disrupted by the civil war in Syria, drug-driven corruption in Central America and Mexico, chaos arising from the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the poverty driven multiple crises arising in Africa from dysfunctional governance, the failure of the rule of law, hyper-exploitation, and environmental degradation.

ECCHR Alumni Meeting 2015, 6 Nov. 2015 (Photo: Mohamed Badarne)

4th ECCHR Alumni Meeting: Professional and Personal Exchange as part of Transnational Cooperation

(Source: ECCHR Newsletter) Developing joint strategies and creating global networks: this was the focus of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) alumni conference held from 5 to 7 November 2015 in Berlin. At the fourth annual alumni meeting, over 80 Education Program alumni, ECCHR staff and partners, including from the Bertha Foundation, […]

Modern Slavery – Study Action on Military Sex Trafficking: Cases of Criminal Responsibility

by Caroline Fidan Tyler Doenmez   with an Introduction by Betty Reardon (Originally posted 2014) (*Photo credit: Ira Gelb.  “NOT for sale: human trafficking”)   Download a PDF of this study / action guide – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights… (Article 1) – Everyone has the right to life, liberty […]

Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It

  Download this article: Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It (*Photo caption: Nuremberg Trials. Hermann Göring at the left edge on the first row of benches.) Betty A. ReardonFounding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education(Originally posted: June 2013) War is a Crime against Humanity and Global Civil Order As members of global civil society committed to global […]

11 essential facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

(Original article: Max Ehrenfreund and Zachary A. Goldfarb June 18 – Washington Post)  America is a land of guns. It was true when twelve people died in Aurora, Colo., when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. It was true when a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. And it […]

IIPE, The World Tribunal on Iraq, and Transcending a Century of Worldwide Wars

Janet Gerson Education Director, International Institute on Peace EducationPlanning Committee, Global Community Forum(Featured Article: Issue #111 March/April 2014) The challenge of abolition of war will be addressed at the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) 2014, taking place July 6-13 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Participants will inquire into how peace educators, activists, and scholars contribute to […]