Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Mr. Sarder M. Asaduzzaman is a, 37 years, Bangladeshi young human rights and peace activist. As a Project Manager with UNDP Bangladesh (Governance Cluster) Asad manages the implementation of a 5 years project on Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (a form of local justice mechanism) both with government and partner NGOs involving community and local government representatives. He is responsible for overall implementation, monitoring and this 15 million US $ project.
Mr. Asad has been a voluntary development activist, apart from professional engagement, for many years now and has been associated with a variety of organizations and initiatives in home and abroad. He is particularly interested in the justice for women and children victims who are periodically suffering from violence and abuses. Asad has taken part in various issue-related career enhancing training sessions including environmental issues, development, children’s rights, advocacy training, peace and conflict sessions etc. He has presented papers in South Korea, Thailand, Nepal, Philippines, India. Mr. Asad has quite a few number of articles published in various national and international level journals, dailies and magazines and traveled many countries namely India, Nepal, USA, UK, Belgium, South Korea, France, Philippines, Austria, Thailand, Canada, Netherlands, Cambodia. Having Masters in Geography from Dhaka University Mr. Asad holds PGD (Post-graduate Diploma) in Development Planning (from Dhaka), PGD in Children, Youth and Development (from Netherlands), PGD in Human Rights and Legal Aid (from Dhaka) and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation (from USA). He is completed his second MA in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (Cambodia). Mr. Asad is always very much keen to Asian Values and Cultures while translating any theory in this reality. He loves to challenge the usual Western trends through contextualization. His area of expertise is programme cycle management, peace and conflict, human rights and governance and local justice. He is a vibrant peace activist in Bangladesh.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Bangladesh and Cambodia
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Working as the Project Manager with UNDP Bangladesh
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Budgeting, Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
- Community-based Justice Mechanism with particular focus of Mediation and Reconciliation
- Child Rights
- Asian Values
- Policy Advocacy
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
• ‘Climate Change and Conflict: Bangladesh Perspective' in Climate Change and Its Impact: Bangladesh Context (in Bangla) published by Community Development Library, December 2009;
• ‘Value-based Peace Education for Youth: An Experimental Approach’ in Exploring Asian Approaches to Peace Building- Practical Insights and Reflections, proceedings of the 1st ACTION Asia Peacebuilders’ Forum 2006, published by ACTION Asia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2007
• 'Domestic Violence against Children’ in the State of Child Rights in Bangladesh: 2006 (an annual publication on Child Rights in Bangladesh) published by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), Dhaka, September, 2007. http://www.bsafchild.org/state_english.pdf
• 'Empowerment of Women and Disabled Persons: A Commentary’ in the Disability and Development (a book on disability issue in Bangla) published by Community Development Library (CDL), Dhaka, June 2002.
• ‘Indigenous Resource Mobilization for Development Initiatives: Role of Media’ in the Grassroots Voice, Volume 3, Issue I & II, March 2000, published from Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
• ‘Flood 1988 and 1998: A Comparative Study’ in the Bangla Academy Biggyan Patrika (Science Journal of The Bangla Academy), 26th Year, Issue-1, April-September 1999, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
• ‘Devastating Floods in Bangladesh and People’s Defensive Attitudes: A Discussion on Two Inundated Study Areas’ in the Unnayan Bitarka (Bangla Journal), 18th Year, 1st Issue, March 1999 published from Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), Dhaka, Bangladesh
• ‘Dry Season Water Scarcity in the Ganges River and Its Environmental Impact: A Field-based Study’ in the Journal of Social Development, 13th Year, Issue-1, December 1998 published from Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
• ‘Trends and Problems of Manpower Exports of Bangladesh’ in The Bangladesh Asiatic Society Patrika (Bangla Journal), Part-14, Issue-1, June 1996 published from the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka.
Articles in various newsletters and newspapers:
• ‘Peacebuilder’s Forum 2008: In Quest of Peace in Asia’ in the Weekend Independent Magazine, 05 December, 2008, Dhaka, http://www.theindependent-bd.com/details.php?nid=107010
• ‘Domestic Violence against Children in Bangladesh’ in the Weekend Independent Magazine, 05 September, 2008, Dhaka, http://www.theindependent-bd.com/details.php?nid=96495
• ‘Troubleshooting in disputes at community level’ in the Weekend Independent Magazine, 25 July, 2008, Dhaka, http://www.theindependent-bd.com/details.php?nid=91143
• ‘Violence against Children at Home’ (in Bangla) published in Human Rights, a newsletter published by BCDJC, Dhaka, Issue-1, Nov-2007, Dhaka
• ‘Child Right to Participation: Institutionalization is a must’ in the OurTime (a weekly English newspaper), Nov 02 – 08, 2007, Vol-6, Issue-19, Dhaka.
• ‘Waking up to Child Abuse’ in the PROBE News Magazine (a weekly magazine), Nov 02 – 08, 2007, Vol-6, Issue-19, Dhaka. http://www.probenewsmagazine.com/index.php?index=2&contentId=3210
• ‘Participation: A Right of a Child’ in the Community Development Library Bulletin, October 2002 published by Community Development Library (CDL), Dhaka.
• 'Asian Youth Assembly 2001: Youth Crossing Boundaries…' in the WAY Forum, issue- August-September-October 2001published from the World Youth Foundation, Malaysia.
• 'Causes, Consequences and Pattern of Internal Migration: An Analysis on Bangladesh Perspective', in the Dhaka Post (a monthly magazine), vol-10, issue- 7 & 8, December 2000 and January 2001 published from Dhaka.
• 'Biogas Plant: A Step for Environmental Conservation', in the EIA Newsletter, vol-3, issue-2, April- June 2000 published by National EIA Association of Bangladesh (NEAB), Dhaka.
• 'Rickshaws: A Mobile Medium for Environmental Education', in the EIA Newsletter, vol-2, issue-4, October - December 1999 published by National EIA Association of Bangladesh (NEAB), Dhaka.
It is good to see you and a pleasure to work with you on 2nd National Restorative Justice Conference in May. Your work with the Human Rights and Good Governance Programme is important and quite impressive. We look forward to having you with us in May.
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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