21-02-2017 Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria is carrying out a national strategy to change the demographics of the country. This strategy includes besieging, starving, killing and transferring people in a number of cities and neighbourhoods associated with resistance to his government.Protection of Civilians, Middle East
15-02-2017 On Saturday 4 February, 55-year-old Edilberto Cantillo Mesa was murdered in his home town of El Copey, located in the Colombian blood coal region of Cesar. Mesa was a community leader and a member of a local organisation that fights for land restitution on behalf of farmers who have been violently driven from their property. PAX is shocked by his death. Mesa is the fourth victim in Cesar in recent months.Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights, Dealing with the Past, Colombia
31-01-2017 President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, announced on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, of all days, is discriminatory and dangerous. The ban discriminates since it bans refugees and people from countries where the majority of the population is Muslim, while making an exception for religious minorities.
27-01-2017 The official opening of the exhibition ‘Srebrenica Genocide – the Failure of the International Community´ in the Potocari Memorial Centre in the former headquarters of Dutch Battalion UNPROFOR (1994-1995) close to Srebrenica, Bosnia takes place on thursday the 9th of February.Dealing with the Past, The Balkans
26-01-2017 The world is one step closer to a nuclear catastrophe. Renowned scientists have set the so-called Doomsday Clock half a minute forward: it is now 2,5 minutes before 12, half a minute later than last year. Since 1953, the clock hasn’t been closer to midnight.Humanitarian Disarmament
24-01-2017 95 civil society organisations around the world are calling on the Colombian government and mining companies to take action against the continuing violence in the Colombian mining region Cesar. The appeal is a direct response to the murder of Aldemar Parra Garcia on January 7th this year.Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights, Dealing with the Past, Colombia
20-01-2017 After 15 years at PAX, Director Freek Landmeter is stepping down. He has been responsible for PAX’s operational management in the following areas: peacebuilding programmes, communication, fund raising, finances and organizational development. As of 1 May, he will start his own consultancy.
16-01-2017 Fifteen years after the Euro was introduced in 2002 anti-cluster bomb campaigners worldwide are raising concerns about how these coins are produced. South Korean company Poongsan is a major player on the European market for the production of coin blanks. EU states use these coin blanks for the production of their Euro coins. Poongsan, however is also a known producer of cluster munitions. Campaigners call on coin producers to end their business relations with Poongsan.Humanitarian Disarmament
10-01-2017 Turkey no longer wants to be dependent on imported weapons. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has overseen the rapid growth of a domestic arms industry, and is pursuing the ambitious development of indigenous weapon systems.Humanitarian Disarmament, Middle East