Ten Days of Peace Activism in Afghanistan-2013
Basketball Tournament: Education Cup on International Peace Day 2013
|23-Sep-2013||Soria||Bi Bi Mahro||Soria||2|
|24-Sep-2013||Al-Fatah||Qari Nek .M||Al-Fatah||4|
|25-Sep-2013||Tajwar Sultana||Kardan||Tajwar Sultana||5|
|25-Sep-2013||Asif Mayel||Sardar. M Daud||Asif Mayel||6|
|28-Sep-2013||Asif Mayel||Asif Mayel||Sardar.M Daud||9|
First Position: Al-Fatah girl’s high school
Second Position: Rabia-e-Balkhai girl’s high school
Third Position: Soria girl’s high school & Malalai girl’s high school
10 Days of Peace Activism in Afghanistan – 2012
Final Resolution of Committee for 10 days activism on Promotion of Peace in Afghanistan
30 September, 2012
Peace is not just absence of war;
true peace must be based on justice and understanding
We, participants of the 10 days Activism on Promotion of Peace in Afghanistan,
Emphasising that peace in Afghanistan is facing increasing threats and challenges, i.e. from terrorism, war, poverty, injustice, domination syndrome, political, economic and cultural power-mongering; that besides the Government as the main responsible body, all theulema, elite and NGOs and civil organisations must take seriously their responsibilities toward those threats;
– Expressing solidarity with families of victims and survivors of the terrorist incidents in the past four decades;
– Declaring that it is necessary to identity comprehensively the roots and causes of terrorism in order to remedy and uproot it;
– Declaring opposition to all instrumentalising, double-edged, selective or unilateral action;
– Denouncing the violation of the lawfully established rights of the citizens;
– Determined to adopt solutions based on rationality and justice to counter threats to peace, and to achieve a prosperous future for all;
– Emphasising the central role of education for creating a climate of peace and friendship, and countering discrimination, violence and terrorism;
– Commending the civil, research and media institutions;
Express our agreement with the following and urge the Government, political parties and the international community to implement them:
- We support the notion of just peace as a common discourse based on culture, laws and ethnical criteria. We emphasise that peace shall be sustainable and benefit Afghans only when it is based on justice and human dignity. Thus, we urge you not to support the presence of criminals in power seats; and to prepare the ground for their fair trial with consideration for the legitimate demands of the victims!
Short-sighted solutions and quick fixes shall once again create a safe haven for terrorist activities at the heart of Asia and their consequences shall be more harmful and more dangerous for the people of Afghanistan and the world than the past.
- Set up transitional justice mechanisms and combat impunity; all the violators of human rights, human rights conventions and the Constitution must be investigated and prosecuted. Many of those perpetrators are now occupying positions that enable them to commit more human rights violations. Therefore, mechanisms of inspection and accountability must be enhanced within the State institutions. The victims must be compensated.
Those are essential elements for success of a strong and democratic Afghanistan in the future. Rights of victims to truth, justice and compensation must be respected and properly implemented.
- Enhance the institutions of justice and implement true separation of powers of the State; strong support for democratic institutions and elected bodies as well as proper and functioning separation of powers are essential. The justice system is devoid of adequate resources, human power and education and is perpetually plagued with political interference at all levels. In particular, a comprehensive revision of the powers of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General is essential to fully sever the close ties between the Judiciary and the Executive. Deteriorating conditions of the formal justice system has stirred up the insurgency, weakened all other institutions, as well remarkably given influence to the informal justice system that does not abide by human rights and Constitutional tenets, without guarantees for basic rights, in particular women’s rights. Perpetual commitment to the rule of law throughout the country and the international treaties, to which Afghanistan is a State party, must be implemented through legislation and development of the security and judicial sectors.
- International conventions must govern the rights of migrants; several million Afghans are living in neighbouring countries, in particular in Pakistan and Iran, where they do not enjoy their legitimate rights, e.g. rights to education, work, health, electing and getting elected, social protection against bullies and violators of human rights. They are instrumentalised. The Government of Afghanistan must pay serious attention to the issue, prevent victimisation of those Afghans and prepare the ground for their return home.
- We condemn the inhuman and violent actions against the people of Afghanistan and interference of other governments in Afghanistan, which we regard as clear violation of basic human rights and a serious threat to peace in the region and worldwide. We stress that calm and security can be achieved through rallying around a just peace.
- We demand a change in the structure of the Afghanistan High Council of Peace; it has demonstrated in the past few years that it lacks the required capability and trust of the people; it cannot progress to achieve what it was established for. A new structure is required to allow the Afghan citizens to identify with it and to include the elite, well-reputed, just persons dedicated to homeland, and to incorporate people from different walks of life, e.g. victims, women, ulema and the young.
- Emphasising the need to support the rights of victims of terrorism, it is essential to take action to prevent and eliminate terrorism through prosecution and punishment of all persons and groups involved in all forms of atrocities, based on standards of fair trial, human dignity and respect for the fundamental human rights.
- Education based on outstanding human values is essential for achieving affirmative peace. To achieve it, it is necessary for the Government to provide for healthy education of all members of the society, men and women included, on equal basis within a safe society. The Government is required to extend serious support to children, because a large number of street children are victims of terrorist attacks (in the latest incident, four sporting children were martyred in a terrorist incident), are sexually abused and work in difficult jobs.
- We declare our support for exchanges and dialogue among the elite and the NGOs aiming to establish an effective coalition to identify and encounter the threats to a just peace in Afghanistan.
Why a just peace?
One of the principal reasons for the failure of past efforts to achieve a lasting and pervasive peace in contemporary Afghanistan is that peace theories and discourses were centred on transition and expediency. This has enabled some of the actors involved to use peace against the people, law and order and to utilise it for their sectarian and personal ends.
A just peace must be pursued because it is based on foundations away from the power structure and personal interests of the actors and focuses on humans and human dignity as its focal point. A just peace is a framework for individual and social justice. Thus, it does not suffice to establish calm, but leads the unjust aspects within the society toward justice, just and humane relations.
Hence, a just peace is a discourse that can resolve the shortcomings of the past and present discourses of peace and offer a fundamental step toward a pervasive universal peace in Afghanistan for all humans.
Date: 20 September, 2012
Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD) is a nonprofit Non-Governmental organization aimed at bringing positive changes in perception and behavior of Afghans as the key to ensure Peace and Development through identified intervention strategies of the organization including advocacy, capacity building, research, engagement with traditional and modern media and service delivery. CPD is a bridge between marginalized Afghan people (especially women, youth, children and the disabled) and decision makers including government, parliament and other concerned parties. All the CPD’s activities are based on Afghanistan constitution and other national and international laws and conventions.
10 Days of Peace Activism is an initiative of the Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD) in Afghanistan for promotion of a just peace, where the voices of victims are heard and peace is not compromised by political and project-based interests. It would be a sustainable process with everyday demand for peace, but the specific period is from 21 to 30 September each year. For 2012, a coalition of same-minded organizations is formed and partners have variety of activities for celebration of International Peace Day in Afghanistan.
Contact us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
1st day: “We want a Just Peace!”
2nd day: “Peace without justice does not represent just parties, but a deal of oppressore!”
3th day: “Islam orders for peace: so, let’s build it for sake of our nation and country!”
4th day: “In order to build peace, voice of victims must be heard and their lawful requests should be respondrd!”
5th day: “No prosperity and welfare without Peace!”
6th day: “Peace, Justice, Transparency and participation are the road to a prosperous society!”
7th day: “With firm commitment, every problem can be solved peacefully“
8th day: “There would be no meaning for peace and reconciliation, if justice, rule of law and transparency are not ensurea!”
9th day: “It is our right to live in peace; so, do not burn us in the flames of war!”
10th day: “Peace built on injustice is an enforced process on our society!”
Peace for All Campaign 2011
Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD) as an active implementing partner of the Peace for All campaign 2011 started organizing a number of sports tournaments/matches and other types of awareness programs regarding celebration of peace day in the Afghanistan.
For more information please check full PDF report of campaign; Peace for All Campaign Narrative Report 2011 and Video documentary in http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AFnBO1GxHXw.
A Message for Peace in the Middle of War
A blog on Peace for All Campaign in Afghanistan: Please go to this website http://aan-afghanistan.com/index.asp?id=2085, then go to Sari Kuovo name; you will find a blog with A Message for Peace in the Middle of War.