FEFA representative participated in the peace building course in Tokyo and Hiroshima states of Japan
From January 23 to February 27, 2015, Mariam Arween Barekzai attended a peace building course in Tokyo and Hiroshima states of Japan. The participants of this course were from the 3rd world countries who were interested in learning about peace and peace-building. The subjects trained in the course were peace, peace building, conflict, conflict analyses, project, logical framework and other relevant topics. Thousands of people have been killed and maimed as a results of civil wars in Afghanistan. War is a negative phenomenon which negatively impact on all layers of the society. The Afghans are tired of war and want peace. We need to make every effort to bring peace in our country and play the role of a peace builder. Peace perquisite for development, progress, rule of law and quality. Participants of the peace building course learned how to make strategies to help peace negotiations work and break the barriers before the peace process. They learned from the experiences of the countries who managed to end conflicts and bring peace in their societies. Mariam Arween who attended the course on behalf of FEFA intends to hold a workshop on peace building and will deliver the lessons she's learned to her colleagues. Mariam is committed to utilize the lessons she learned and take part in bringing peace and stability in her homeland Afghanistan. She has learned in the course that diversity is strength in every society and everybody must respect the beliefs, color, religion and language of all layers of the society to have a peaceful society where everybody enjoy equal rights and abide by the law.
Participants of the course learned that peace building involves a range of measures targeted to reduce the risk of lapsing or relapsing into conflict by strengthening national capacities at all levels for conflict management, and laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development. Peace building strategies must be coherent and tailored to the specific needs of the country concerned, based on national ownership, and should comprise a carefully prioritized, sequenced, and therefore relatively narrow set of activities aimed at achieving the above objectives. The critical importance of strengthening the rule of law to peacebuilding, and to avoiding relapses into conflict. Conflict reflects a complete breakdown of the rule of law. Strengthening the rule of law in the aftermath of conflict is therefore a complex and extremely challenging task. While each post-conflict situation is unique, such situations tend to present similar challenges to the rule of law. These include a lack of material, institutional and human capacity, and distrust of existing institutions responsible for upholding the rule of law. Weaknesses in these institutions and laws are often root causes of the conflict, and threats to the independence, impartiality and effectiveness of these institutions usually continue post-conflict. Continued insecurity, and a culture of impunity for past and continuing serious crimes and violations of human rights law, directly threatens the reestablishment of security and the pursuit of justice and reconciliation.
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