Dear friends, Given below is a copy of a news paper article from Nagaland. This is the reality that is being faced by the people of Manipur and Nagaland. I request that Peace Lovers on this network raise awareness about this issue Internationally.Sincerel,Stuart John GroserDimapur, October 2 (MExN): The Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights today said one Anthony Shing, “head of foreign affairs” of the NSCN (IM), has ‘disappeared’. The note said Shing, alias Ningkhan Shimray, 49 years old,…See More
I am very happy to learn of the growth of Peace and Collaborative Development Network and I wish you all the best. I am sorry that over the time that I have been a member I have not been a very active participant in world events, since I…"
Greetings from SODNER - Group, Ukhrul. It is wonderful that you are taking steps to start the teaching of peace with children. Engaging children in a peace process is something that is sure to bear fruit in the long run. For a long…"
Welcome to Peace and Collaborative Development Network.
Hope that you have a long and happy relationship with us. You can contact me at anytime at or call my mobile +919003230019. Stuart John Groser."
Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a 43 year old Anglo-Indian with two adopted sons. My educational qualifications are as follows(1)M.Com.Rajasthan University (First Division),
(2)M.A.English Annamalai University (Distance Ed.Course)
My work experience is as follows(1)17 years as a teacher cum child and adolescent counselor.(2)4 years as personal secretary cum personal security officer to Mr.N.Yeangphong Konyak, the Minister (Forest) Govt. of Nagaland.(3)4 years as Executive Secretary cum Project Director for SODNER Group, Ukhrul. (A non-registered NGO working in the field of Child Rights to Education, Peace Education, Peace Promotion and Human Rights).(4)Worked as a senior evaluator with Manipur University’s Monitoring Institute for SSA Programme in Manipur.(5)Presently working as Accounts and Documentation Officer for Domestic Workers Forum,Chetanalaya
I am a member of the following organizations (1)Member UDNCR (Ukhrul District Network for Child Rights)(2)Member CFPEM (Centre for Peace Education,Manipur)(3)Member IRC (International Rescue Committee)
(5)Member UPJ (United for Peace and Justice)(6)Member GCPE (Global Campaign for Peace Education)
I have the following additional qualifications(1)Senior Resource Person for Teacher’s Training (Manipur)(2)Senior Resource Person for Conflict Transformation and Conflict Resolution (Manipur)
My areas of speciality are as follows(1)Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2000 (with amendment 2006)(2)Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.(3)Child and Adolescent Abuse(4)Child Labour
(5)Runaway Teenagers (6)Crisis Management(7)Educational Development of Teachers (for quality education)(8)Peace Education(9)Conflict Transformation and Conflict Resolution (10)Monitoring and Evaluation of SSA Programme including Financial Aspect(11)Analysis of Data Pertaining to Projects(12)Report Writing(13)Project Preparation and Writing.
My strengths are as follows(1)Excellent Human resources background,including:Applicant screening,Student and Employee Orientation and Training,Experienced in developing and implementing new safety training and orientation programmes,Very strong background in English Grammar,I am a Hardworking Team player with great communication skills and a perfect attendance record,Systematic work method,Use the Internet for personal as well as professional development,Read a lot for the same purpose. My weaknesses are as follows(1)I am a bit of a hard taskmaster(2)I am too much of a perfectionist(3)I cannot tolerate slackers.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
North East Region of India- States of Assam,Nagaland,Manipur and Burma(Mayanmar)
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?
Peace and Child rights worker
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
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
I'm currently doing an MA in Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA). Together with some classmates we are working on a small assignment on peacebuilding in Nagaland. We are trying to learn who is doing what in terms of peacebuilding and what the major challenges are. It's not easy to find information on civil society organizations. Can you help us with some links or comments?
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