"AN APPEAL TO CONTACTS IN INDIA TO EXPRESS COMPASSION BY CONTACTING THE SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES FOR THE RESPECT OF HUMANITARIAN LAW
Sri Lanka : The Last Round ?
With the Sri Lankan government troops closing in to the remaining…"
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Dr. Chandi P. Chapagain began his career in development-related work in 1989 for the Makalu-Barun Conservation Project (MBCP). He later worked with CARE International Nepal (1997) and, since June 2000 he has been with Plan International Nepal as Human Resource Development Coordinator. He has a multi-disciplinary background, with several years of experience in community work, human resources development, conflict transformation and peace-building.
Dr. Chapagain is the first person in Nepal to receive a Ph.D. in Appreciative Inquiry, relating to human capacity building and development, from Madison University, USA. He is one of the founders of Imagine Nepal Initiatives (INI) and is currently its General Secretary as well as a life member. He is also a life member of Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN) and is the national advisor of Nepal Appreciative Inquiry National Network (NAINN). He has been involved as a resource person for the Appreciative Inquiry approach at the Capital College and Research Centre (CCRC) since 2002. He has recently started working as one of the founding members of Facilitators Association of Nepal (FAN). Besides intensive experience, knowledge and skills on Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology, he has wider experience of facilitation of training, workshops and conferences, and has produced publications at the national and international levels.
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Nepal, USA, UK, Russia, India, Australia
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Human Resource Development Coordinator, Plan International Nepal
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Training, Evaluation, Program Design, Research
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Human Resource capacity building, Appreciative/positive inquiry, Development, Organization development etc
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Appreciative Approaches to Community Empowerment and Peace Building, published as Proceedings of the International Conference, Centre for International Studies and Cooperation, Chapter 13, 16-18 January 2007, Kathmandu.
Appreciative Inquiry for Building Human Capacities and Achieving Development Missions, The Organizations, A Practicing Mnagers Quarterly, Vol.9, Issue 2, Appril-June 2006.
Community based organizations capacity building strategy prepared (August 2006)
Appreciative Inquiry for Building Human Capacities: An Innovative Approach for the New Millennium (Sept 2005)
Human Resource Capacity Building through Appreciative Inquiry Approach in Achieving Developmental Goals, PhD dissertation submitted to Madison University, Gulfport, MS, USA (September 2004).
Labor Relations: Development, Structure and Process, Doctoral Degree Paper Submitted to Madison University, USA.
Advocacy and Capacity Building, PLAN International Nepal (2002).
A Training Action Outline for Developing Human Resource in PLAN International Nepal, (September – 2000).
Participatory Planning, Using the Appreciative Planning and Action Approach, A Training Manual for Mid-level Technicians and Group Motivators, Published at CARE International Nepal (2001)
Appreciative Planning and Action in Association with DDC Bajhang, CARE International in Nepal (December 1999).
Appreciative Planning and Action: A Guide-book for Development Workers, Published by Nepal Participatory Action Network - NEPAN, (August-2000).
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation: Trainer's Guide-Book CARE International in Nepal (May 2000).
An Analytical Observation of CARE Nepal's Non-formal Education, CARE International in Nepal (January-2000).
Training Manual on Participatory Village Development Planning and Management (1995) Submitted to The MBNPCA Project.
A Critical Perspective on the use of Participatory Rural Appraisal -PRA (1993) in the Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area Project
Community Resource Management Report (Co-Author) (1990). Published Research Report, submitted to Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area Project.
Preliminary Notes on The Cultural Dimension of Conservation (Co-Author) (1990) Published Research Report, submitted to Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area Project.
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AN APPEAL TO CONTACTS IN INDIA TO EXPRESS COMPASSION BY CONTACTING THE SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES FOR THE RESPECT OF HUMANITARIAN LAW
Sri Lanka : The Last Round ?
With the Sri Lankan government troops closing in to the remaining Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stronghold, it looks as if this is the last round of a military struggle that began in 1983 but whose roots go back at least to independence in 1948. The ongoing conflict between the Sinhala and the Tamils that has ebbed and flowed derives its emotional force, in part, from competing beliefs that began during the colonial period about legitimate rule, economic wellbeing, and sacred authority.
The Office to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens has had a long-standing concern with the conflict in Sri Lanka and has made frequent calls for good-faith negotiations on the political and administrative structure of the State. I had thought that reason would win out over the irrational drive to settle complicated issues of social-political structures through armed violence. I seem to have been wrong since both the government and the LTTE gave up negotiations in exchange for a military ‘solution’. A military victory seems now possible for the government forces.
There are two short-term dangers. There are some 200,000 people trapped between the LTTE militias and the government troops. There have been appeals from the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross for a cease-fire so that civilians, especially the sick and wounded, can leave the fighting area. As this is being written (11 Feb. 2009), there is no cease-fire and none seems in view.
There have been calls from the Government to the LTTE leadership to lay down their arms and end the fighting. Again, this is a logical possibility, but given past LTTE willingness to fight to the bitter end, a massive rendition seems unlikely. Thus, there may be a heavy loss of life of those caught in the cross-fire.
The second danger is revenge killings on a large scale. The Tamil-Sinhalese conflict has been extremely bitter. Many families in both communities have lost kin. Although binding up the wounds of war should be the first priority, there is always a danger that revenge killings take place. Logically, the establishment of social cohesion — that is, an ongoing process of developing a community of shared values and opportunities based on a sense of trust, hope and reciprocity — should be the prime aim of government policy. However, there are small groups of violent individuals who may be ready to kill for revenge or to get rid of rivals.
Therefore, the Office to the UN, Geneva, of the Association of World Citizens has sent a three-point appeal to the President of Sri Lanka, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa:
1) calling for the respect of international humanitarian law as expressed in the Red Cross Geneva Conventions;
2) appealing for the protection of all civilians both during the on-going conflict and especially in the period following the end of armed conflict during which there is a danger of revenge killings. We are sure that Sri Lanka will respect universally-recognized human rights standards;
3) appealing further that serious consultations on the governmental and administrative structures of the State be undertaken so as to facilitate national unity based on the respect of individual views and aspirations.
Wide support for these three aims would be welcome. Letters could be sent to the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York:
H.E. H.M.G.S. Palikakkara
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
630 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017, USA
Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens
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