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Latest updates from the Pax Christi International Member Organisations. 

NEWSLETTER
Issue 265 | February 2016

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GLOBAL
Pax Christi International's Representatives in 2016

Pax Christi International has had Special Consultative Status at the United Nations since 1979. Through its representative status with international bodies such as the United Nations (ECOSOC), UNESCO (Operational Relations), the European Union, the African Union, and the Council of Europe, Pax Christi International brings the experiences and concerns of its members in the Global Network to the international arena. Read here the names of the Pax Christi International representatives in 2016.
More updates: 
  • Marie Dennis receives Public Peace Prize - Read more
  • 54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development - Read more
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AFRICA
Burundi: Pax Christi International member on nonviolent communication

The Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission in Burundi recently published an article about their nonviolent communication program for schools which was launched in 2014. To maintain the program, two people from each school are chosen to receive a deeper training so that they can lead self-organised nonviolent communication workshops at their schools. Read more in French here
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AMERICAS AND THE CARIBBEAN
USA: Vigil for victims of gun violence

The Sisters of Mercy, a member organisation of Pax Christi International, along with 16 other faith communities, co-sponsored the “Interfaith Prayer and Remembrance Vigil” in Burlington, Vermont on 13 December, 2015. The vigil for the victims of gun violence nationwide was part of a series of similar events in conjunction with the third annual commemoration of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. The Sisters of Mercy’s Institute Justice Team has issued a statement in support of recent gun safety measures implemented by the Obama administration. Read more here.
More updates: 
  • Guatemala: Member supports investigation into genocide - Read more
  • USA: Call to action – Don’t vote for Israeli settlements - Read more
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ASIA-PACIFIC
Indonesia: Act of terror overlaps International Consultation of Multi-religious Humanitarian Action

Pax Christi International extends its sympathy and stands in deep solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks in Jakarta on 14 February and also reiterates its position: “Terror will not prevail”. The International Consultation on Multi-religious Humanitarian Action, co-organised by Religions for Peace, was held in Jakarta on 13-14 January; Fr. Neles Tebay, Pax Christi International board member, spoke at the conference on the key contributions of interfaith cooperation to tackle violent extremism, address the refugees and migrant crisis, and respond to disasters. Read more here.
More updates:
  • Philippines: Pax Christi-Pilipinas supports Bangsamoro Basic Law - Read more
  • Russia: Tensions in North Caucasus - Read more
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EUROPE
Germany: Munich’s International Peace Conference

Pax Christi Munich is co-organising Munich’s 14th International Peace Conference, which will be held 11-14 February. “Make Peace and Justice – NO to war” is this year’s subject, including lectures on the BRICS countries, international fora on caliphates and Palestine and expert hearings. Download the program of the conference here or read the greeting address from Pax Christi International in English or German.
More updates: 
  • United Kingdom: Peace Sunday 2016 - Read more
  • Italy: Pax Christi Italy joint New Year Eve’s peace march - Read more
  • Germany: Soldiers encouraged to individual proof of conscience - Read more
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MIDDLE EAST  
Syria: Pax Christi International: Support the political process

On 29 January, Pax Christi International published a statement entitled: “Support the beginning of a political process in Syria”, referring to Geneva’s peace talks, which started on 29 January. Pax Christi International supports the UN Security Council resolution and also urges that the use of banned weapons be ended; all parties stop supplying weapons to fighting factions in Syria; a carefully monitored ceasefire is placed and that humanitarian access to all in need inside Syria be given the highest priority. Read the statement in English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and German.
More updates: 
  • Statement of Holy Land Coordination 2016 - Read more
  • Syria: Pax Christi France and PAX Netherlands call attention to alarming situation in Madaya - Read more
  • Pakistan: Statement on bombing at Bacha Khan University - Read more
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ADVOCACY AND CAMPAIGNING 
Discover Israel and Palestine!

Pax Christi Flanders and Broederlijk Delen are organising a peace journey especially for young people to Israel and Palestine from 9-18 September, 2016. The trip includes insights into the history of the region, meetings with human rights activists, local youth and peace organisations, as well as visiting inspiring projects for a better understanding of the conflict. Attendance at the preparatory weekend on 27/28 August is strongly recommended. Click here for more practical information. Registration is open until 31 March.

The date is not convenient to you? On 18-30 September, 2016 Pax Christi Germany is also organising an encounter travel to the Middle East (West Bank, Jerusalem). Registration deadline is on 15 June. Read more here.
More updates: 
  • Palestine: Arts challenging 50 years of occupation - Read more
  • Colombia: “Still buying blood coal?” - Read more
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HUMAN RIGHTS
Pax Christi USA opposes raids to deport Central American families

Pax Christi USA signed an open letter to President Obama expressing opposition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s plans to conduct nationwide raids to round up and deport undocumented Central Americans. The open letter urges the president to offer greater protection to the migrants, many of whom are fleeing violence. As of 31 December over 150 organisations had endorsed the letter, which was initiated by the American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA). Read more here
More updates: 
  • Comissão Pastoral da Terra on modern slave labour - Read more
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DISARMAMENT
Pax Christi UK cosponsors Transform Now Ploughshares speaker

On 23 January, at the invitation of Pax Christi UK and the Birmingham (England) Catholic Worker, Sister Megan Rice spoke about the 2012 Transform Now Ploughshares action, when she and two other Christian peace activists (Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed) caused the “biggest security breach in the history of the [USA’s] atomic complex.” (The New York Times) Their nonviolent direct action shut down a nuclear weapon plant in Tennessee for two weeks; Sr. Megan, Michael and Greg spent two years in prison as a result. Read more here.
More updates: 
  • Italy: Pax Christi Tradate’s lecture “War, who benefits?” - Read more
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PEACE EDUCATION AND PEACE SPIRITUALITY 
Belgium: Exhibition “What if we dare peace?”

On 20 February, Pax Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles will co-organise a visit to the exhibition “Et si on osait la paix” (What if we dare peace?) in Liege, which gives tribute to Belgians peacemakers such as the Nobel Peace Prize winner Dominique Pire, Henri La Fontaine and August Beernaert. Transport from Brussels is arranged and registration is open until 10 February. Read more here
More updates: 
  • Pax Christi UK: Nonviolence workshop focuses on Pax Christi icon - Read more
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PAX CHRISTI INTERNATIONAL IN THE MEDIA 

Pax Christi works for peace and reconciliation in Israel, Palestine,
Vatican Radio, 12 January 2016

New Year Peace Prayer Service,
City Pulse, 1 January 2016
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RESOURCES FROM THE PAX CHRISTI MEMBER ORGANISATIONS 

Check the 'Resources' section of our website to learn more about our member organisations’ work for disarmament and security, human rights, peace education, peace spirituality, reconciliation and non-violent conflict transformation. Click, download and share with anyone who may be interested!
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INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR

For updates on planned events in the Pax Christi network and beyond, click here

Is your organisation planning any peace-related activities? Do you know of any other upcoming peace event we might have missed? Let us know and we will add it to the calendar! 
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