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Issue 145: December 2006

CAJ 25
CAJ (Committee on the Administration of Justice) had a busy end of year with its usual AGM in October, addressed by Michael Farrell and Mark Kelly of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties - commemorating "55 years" of civil liberty campaigning on the island, with ICCL 30 years old this year, and CAJ 25. The AGM came shortly after the launch of a major CAJ report into equality on religious and political grounds, which has caused a stir in government circles since it challenges the spin that "equality problems are a thing of the past" ("Equality in Northern Ireland: the rhetoric and the reality", 220 pages, ISBN 1 873285 89 2, price £15 plus postage). On the positive side, CAJ is gearing up for a re-energising of the debate on a Bill of Rights, given that the St Andrews Agreement announced the establishment of a Round Table - to hold its inaugural meeting in December. Current committee members of CAJ are: Chair, Fiona Doherty; Vice-chair, Kieran McEvoy; Treasurer, Les Allamby; Parliamentary Liaison officer, Paddy Hillyard; Minutes Secretary, Fiona McCausland; Membership Secretary, Barbara McCabe; Just News Editor, Fionnuala Ní Aolain. For further information on these issues, or plans for the New Year, visit or e-mail CAJ, 45/47 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2BR, phone 028 - 90961122.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has been celebrating 30 years in existence this year - it was set up in 1976 by a group including Mary Robinson, and has played a leading role in successful human rights campaigns in Ireland in the period since then. ICCL's International Conference on Human Rights, due to take place in early December, will now take place in February. There have been three relatively new staff appointments: Mark Kelly, an international human rights lawyer, became Director in May; Amy Pearson is in charge of ICCL's communications strategy, and Karen Ciesielski is responsible for planning and fundraising. ICCL is now at 9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, ph. 01 - 799 4504, e-mail and web

INCORE Summer School 2007
The INCORE Summer School provides a structured learning opportunity to analyse the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Focusing on the latest research and concepts in specific topics of conflict resolution, participants are invited to compare, contrast and learn from different perspectives. Three courses will be offered in 2007 which will run from June 11th - 15th: The Management of Peace Processes facilitated by Dr Cathy Gormley-Heenan; Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Peacebuilding Programmes facilitated by Emery Brusset and Margie Buchanan-Smith; Reconciliation in Societies Coming out of Conflict facilitated by Dr Brandon Hamber and Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd. Detailed information about the 2007 Summer School, including online application details, is available here e-mail
ph. 028 - 7137 5500. INCORE, University of Ulster, Aberfoyle House, Northland Road, Derry/Londonderry BT48 7JL

Kilcranny House, Coleraine; new build planned
Kilcranny House was established in 1985 as a residential, educational and resource centre; it is committed to addressing the divisions which exist between people in Northern Ireland, in a rural residential setting. Conservation architects have been appointed to build a new conference centre which will be flexible and accommodate up to a hundred people and enable Kilcranny to host two classes from different schools at the same time; this will be up and running by 2008. Current staff are Siobhan Atkins, administrator; Joan Hunter, environmental project; Lyn Moffett, coordinator; Rachel Rafferty, community liaison; Irene Melaugh, ethnic minorities support (a project which began in 2005 and has been involved in a wide variety of work and training). The Christmas pot luck supper takes place on Wednesday 13th December at 5pm; all welcome, just turn up with your goodies. Kilcranny House, 21 Cranagh Road, Coleraine, BT51 3NN, ph. 028 - 7032 1816, e-mail and web

Making Peace with the Past
This is the latest and very substantial report (A4, 117 pages) from Healing Through Remembering (HTR), entitled "Making Peace with the Past - Options for truth recovery regarding the conflict in and about Northern Ireland", developed by a sub group from diverse backgrounds and written by Kieran McEvoy. The aim of the publication is to encourage inclusive and informed debate on the topic. The report covers the international context, truth-recovery initiatives in Northern Ireland, and looks at various options (under the headings; drawing a line under the past, internal organisational investigations, community-based 'bottom-up' truth recovery, truth-recovery commission, and a commission of historical clarification). Copies of the report or the 8-page executive summary are available from HTR and on the website at Healing Through Remembering, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD, ph 028 - 9023 8844, and e-mail

Afri's Féile Bríde
Afri's annual Féile Bríde conference will take place on Saturday 27th January from 10 am - 6 pm in De La Salle Secondary School, Kildare town. Different anti-war themes and human trafficking will be among the issues dealt with. Contact Afri for further details. Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, ph. 01 - 8827563, e-mail and web

Stepping Out - diversity and inclusion for 5 - 9 year olds
"Stepping Out" is a lively new resource on 'Diversity and Inclusion' for teachers and leaders of 5-9 year olds from the Irish School of Ecumenics, produced by Yvonne Naylor. It includes background information, resources, events and festivals, stories and songs and is available online here (where you can find other related resources) and also here Contact: Irish School of Ecumenics, 683 Antrim Road, Belfast BT15 4EG, phone 028 - 9077 5010.

Feasta website relaunch
Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, has relaunched its excellent website at It includes online discussion forums (free registration - receiving their e-mail bulletin is also free), new multimedia material and a new members' area.

West Papua Action
On Sunday December 10th at 2.00pm in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin, West Papua Action will hold its annual AGM - your opportunity to hear the guest speaker, Carmel Budiardjo. West Papua Action, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, ph 01 8603431, website:

ARAN - International Day for Animal Rights
Sunday 10th December sees a rally and march against cruelty to animals starting at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square (top of O'Connell Street). Dublin at 1 pm. Contact: John Carmody, Campaigns Coordinator, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), 120 Vale Avenue, Carew Park, Limerick, ph 087-6275579, e-mail: and website:

Belfast to Faslane
There will be a send- off rally, Friday 8th December, 3.30pm to 4.15pm outside the main gates of Belfast City Hall in support of the Make Trident History group who travel to Faslane in Scotland for a peaceful blockade of UK's nuclear submarine base December 8-10. There will be 5 minutes silence at 4pm to remember all those who have been killed in war, and to envisage a peaceful, nonviolent, and just world free from weapons of mass destruction. The group, including Nobel Peace laureate, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, will then depart. Since the Faslane365 campaign started in October this year, over 330 people have been arrested. Ph Kevin at 028 - 4173 8997, e-mail (the Belfast group), and the Trident 365 website is at

New secretary for Pax Christi International
Claudette Antoine Werleigh of Haiti is the new Secretary General of Pax Christi International, and succeeds Etienne De Jonghe, who will be retiring at the end of 2007; she has extensive international and conflict-related experience and was most recently the Conflict Transformation Programmes Director of the Life and Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. See Pax Christi International, Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 21, B-1000, Brussels, Belgium, ph. ++32 (0)2502.55.50.

Peace and Justice Wishes for Bethlehem
For the seventh consecutive year, Christmas celebrations will take place in a difficult climate for all peoples in the Holy Land. Bethlehem may potentially become further isolated due to the Wall, which literally separates its people from the outside world. The clashes between Fatah and Hamas, and the non-payment of salaries to public workers are making life extremely difficult. Pax Christi international is once again among a broad swathe of groups, including IFOR and Church and Peace, inviting people to e-mail Advent and Christmas wishes, and prayers for peace to partners in Bethlehem. Messages can be submitted on Pax Christi's website at or emailed to

Friends of the Earth react to Irish budget
"With this budget the Government's Kyoto cop-out is complete. The Minister plans to waste 270 million euro of taxpayers' money on buying carbon pollution permits overseas rather than investing in cutting pollution at home.........instead of putting a price on carbon so as to cut pollution and pay for permits the Minister is taking the money from general taxation. So the polluter has no incentive to reduce pollution and the average taxpayer pays the price. It's a form of stealth tax." - A quote from Oisin Coughlan, Director of Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth,
9 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, ph 01 - 6394652,

Entrepreneuring peace - Ashoka
If you fancy doing something different you can enter Ashoka's 'collaborative competition' of on the ground innovations for managing conflict (closing date 10th January), or simply read the entries already in from a variety of countries. See


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