Peace in Progress Nº 37



International Catalan Institute for Peace

Call for nominations for the ICIP Peace in Progress Award 2020

The ICIP has announced the call for nominations for the tenth edition of the ICIP Peace in Progress Award. This prize aims to publicly recognize individuals, entities or institutions that, in an outstanding and extensive manner, have worked and contributed to the promotion and building of peace.

The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1st.

The ICIP Peace in Progress Award consists of public recognition, a sculpture created by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, artist and activist, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, called Porta del sol, and 6,000 euros.

In previous editions, the award was granted to the Coalition of Families of the Disappeared in Algeria (2019), the Mexican organization Cauce Ciudadano (2018), the activist Arcadi Oliveres (2017), Peace Brigades International (2016), the Capuchin friar Joan Botam (2015), WILPF (2014), the ex-general Jovan Divjak (2013), Madres de Soacha (2012), and the struggle of conscientious objectors and “insubmisos&” (people who refuse to do military service or any substitute social work). The same year, 2011, in an extraordinary edition of the award, the Parliament of Catalonia was honored for representing the continuity and legacy of the institutions “Pau i Treva” and “Consolat de Mar.”

The Truth Commission of Colombia presents the work done with exiles on a visit to Barcelona

A working group from the Truth Commission of Colombia was in Barcelona in March, accompanied by ICIP in the exercise of its duties and functions as Technical Secretariat of the Commission in Europe. The aim of this visit was to disseminate the work done with Colombian exiles and plan the actions of recognition, as part of the strategy of integral social dialogue for 2020.

Commissioner Carlos Martín Beristain participated in a working meeting with representatives of the various European nodes providing support to the Commission and in the public event “The truth of exile: Recognition and dignity of victims.” The event, which took place at the Friends of UNESCO-Barcelona office, was attended by fifty people and was a space for dialogue and listening with victims of the Colombian conflict living in Catalonia. Beristain described the Commission’s work with the Colombian exile community, which is currently in the process of taking testimonies through interviews, and called on victims to participate in this process.

During his visit to Barcelona, the commissioner held advocacy meetings with institutions, organizations and parliamentary groups.

The Truth Commission of Colombia has a mandate to draw attention to the impact of Colombian exile, through the work of listening, social dialogue and recognition of this phenomenon. To this end, and with the coordination of ICIP, fifteen working nodes have been formed in ten European countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and, in Spain, in Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid, the Basque Country and Valencia).

In this first phase of truth clarification work, the various nodes have collected a total of 300 testimonies in Europe, which should allow for a pluralistic account of the Colombian conflict and the recovery of individual and collective memory.

Bullying, racism, the feminist struggle and solidarity with refugees, main themes of winning entries from 4th Hip Hop for Peace Contest

After evaluating all the entries submitted, the jury of the fourth edition of the ICIP Hip Hop for Peace Contest has announced the winners for 2019. This contest aims to promote creativity and to draw attention to the commitment of young people in the field of peace.

In this fourth edition, the award-winning pieces cover topics such as the denunciation of bullying and racism, the vindication of the feminist struggle and solidarity with refugees.

The contest is aimed at youth between the ages of 12 and 25 and has two categories. You can see here the award-winning pieces.

The Hip Hop for Peace receives support from the Department of Education, the Directorate-General for Youth and the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation. A total of 24 pieces were submitted to this edition of the contest. The awards ceremony will be a public event to take place in Barcelona on a date yet to be determined.

Last publications

- The institutionalisation of initiatives to promote business respect for human rights, by Daniel Iglesias Márquez. ICIP Research collection. Published in English and S Publicat en castellà i anglès.

- Marcs de guerra. Quines vides plorem?, by Judith Butler. Published in Catalan by ICIP and Angle Editorial in the “Clàssics de la pau i la noviolència” collection.

- Una teoria de l’acció noviolenta. Com funciona la resistència civil, by Stellan Vinthagen. Published in Catalan by ICIP and Pagès editors in the “Noviolència i lluita per la pau” collection.

- Sobre el perdó. Com podem perdonar l’imperdonable?, by Richard Holloway. Published in Catalan by ICIP and Líniazero in the “Eines de pau, seguretat i justícia” collection. Available in PDF and ePub.

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