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Number 173   Belfast 3rd October 2009

Community Dialogue

Community Dialogue aims to encourage dialogue about contentious issues in Northern Ireland. After twelve years based at Forthspring, Community Dialogue has moved across Belfast to LINC Resource Centre, 218 Shore Road, Belfast BT15 1GY where they are on the second floor of LINC with their own meeting room, reflection space and good sized offices and storage space. The phone number has changed as well, 028 - 90 351450, office hours weekdays 9am – 4.30pm. Community Dialogue received funding from the CRC Pobol Consortium, Peace III Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past to implement the new project entitled “Steps into Dialogue”; Jim O’Neill was appointed as the project’s Dialogue Development Worker and Maura Deconink as Senior Project Administrator, joining Temporary Part Time Coordinator Anne Carr. The e-mail address is and the website (which has been revamped) is at  If you’re interested in becoming a member, or being involved, please get in touch, or visit the website for more information or their excellent summary of contentious issues in Northern Ireland.

Coming from the Silence: Quaker peacebuilding in Northern Ireland

“Coming from the Silence – Quaker Peacebuilding Initiatives in Northern Ireland 1969 – 2007”, edited by Ann Le Mare and Felicity McCartney, is an important record of various projects and initiatives which stemmed from Quakers in this period. Quaker House, the Ulster Quaker Service Committee, the Centre for Neighbourhood Development, and the Quaker Peace Education Project are covered in depth as well as variety of other initiatives. 220 pages, £8/€8.50. Published by Sessions of York, it can be ordered via  (ph 01904 – 697855/697892); it is available via Amazon or over the counter at the Quaker Care shop, 514 Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Afri Hedge School: Food for Thought

Afri’s Hedge School this year takes place at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, 9th – 11th October, on the topic Food for Thought with a blend of conversation, debate, music, fun and food. It will look at issues of food and hunger as global systems spiral into crises and global food prices increase. Resource people include Amál Abordán Bernal, Charlotte Evans, Sean McDonagh, Pete Mullineaux, Craig Sands and Prin Duignan. On Saturday the programme runs from 11.00 am through workshops in the afternoon and craic agus ceoil on Saturday evening, and also some programme on Sunday morning. The fee is €25 or 20 concessions and booking is essential. Further details from Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, ph 01 – 8827563, e-mail  and web  

Neutrality: Irish Experience, European Experience

While a slim looking pamphlet at 36 pages (A5), this is packed full, in small print, of the papers presented at a conference organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics and Dublin Monthly Meeting Peace Committee of the Religious Society of Friends/Quakers in May 2009 (see NN 169). Edited by Iain Atack and Seán McCrum, this pamphlet is an important addition to discussion of the issues with various aspects of Irish neutrality explored as well as looking at EU policy in relation to neutrality, and Swiss and Swedish practice. It is available at a suggested donation of €5 , payable to the Irish School of Ecumenics, from Iain Atack, ISE, Bea House, Milltown Park, Dublin 6 (ph 01 – 260 1144). See also  and  

Housmans Peace Diary 2010

The ‘millennium’ seems not so long ago but it is almost a decade on and time to get your copy of Housmans Peace Diary for 2010 – as well as a week to two pages and anniversaries etc, this includes a listing of almost 2000 national and international peace, environmental and human rights organisations in 150 countries [it is a shorter, selected extract of those listed in the World Peace Directory on the web, featured immediately below]. The price remains at £8.95 a copy, plus postage of £1 in UK or £2 overseas. It can be ordered to Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX or online at  Buy now while socks last!

World Peace Directory on the web

Now online, this is a fuller and more frequently updated listing of the peace, environmental and human rights organisations in the Housmans Peace Diary. An invaluable resource, the address at  should be bookmarked by any activist in these fields. Please note that the easiest way to bring up all the results for a particular country (and Ireland is listed under ‘Ireland, Northern’, and ‘Ireland, Republic of’) is to use the ‘Advanced search’ option and not limit the search with any of the other criteria – but you can, equally, narrow down very considerably what you are looking for, e.g. contacts for a particular organisation. Updates also welcome from around the world – see ‘Contribute’ tab. Compiler Albert Beale, take a bow.

10 years of Irish Centre for Human Rights coming up

The Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway welcomed its first LLM students in September 2000 and will soon be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Centre’s establishment. A number of events are planned for 2010 to celebrate this including seminars, lectures, exhibitions and concerts; the main event will be the hosting of a major academic conference on the theme of “Forgotten Rights, Forgotten Concepts” to take place 19th - 20th November 2010. Meanwhile a number of lunchtime lectures take place this October and November – check the website for details. Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, ph 091 - 493948, e-mail:  and web  

Mediation Northern Ireland trainings

Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) has three forthcoming open access trainings.

1. The first course, Handling Aggression, is on the 17th November; this focuses on handling aggression from other people, however, it also includes looking at our own aggression in order to understand the dynamics and to be aware of own reactions within an aggressive encounter. 6 hours non-accredited, Belfast, fee £135 inclusive.

2. Handling Life’s Conflicts takes place in Belfast on 20th and 21st January and is an introductory course designed to provide participants with tools to handle every day conflicts more constructively within the workplace, groups and organizations. 2 days non-accredited or 3 days accredited including a learning portfolio. Fee £270 inclusive. This course or equivalent is a prerequisite for the foundation course in mediation.

3. Foundation Training in Mediation runs on 10th, 11th, 18th and 25th February and 4th and 11th March. This course introduces a basic mediation process for use in disputes between two people. Through discussion, teaching and skills practice, participants develop their ability to facilitate mediation effectively and to understand basic factors which impact on the mediation process, and is suitable for a wide range of occupations. For OCN accreditation at Level Two, participants will engage in skills practice and complete a learning portfolio. Fee £795 inclusive.

Mediation Northern Ireland, 83 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP, ph 028 90 438614, e-mail for training enquiries Website Irish ‘Scholars at Risk’ launched

On 22nd September, Dr Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist who became the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, was involved in launching the Irish Section of Scholars at Risk (SAR), part of a global network of universities working to promote academic freedom and protect the human rights of academics and scholars around the world. See the Amnesty International site at  or contact Justin Moran, Communications Co-ordinator of Amnesty International Ireland, e-Mail:  or ph 01 863 8300 ext. 8334.

Burma Action Ireland

Burma Action Ireland (BAI) has drawn attention to the fact, detailed in a Human Rights Watch report, that the Burmese military government has more than doubled the number of political prisoners in the past two years, including more than a hundred imprisoned in recent months. Sentenced to long prison terms for their involvement in peaceful demonstrations in 2007, and for assisting civilians in the wake of the devastating Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the political prisoner population has reached more than 2,200. See On International Day of Peace, 21st September, BAI held a public commemoration in Dublin of Burma’s Saffron Revolution, calling for peace and democracy in Burma. Burma Action Ireland is a voluntary group established in May 1996 to raise awareness in Ireland of the current situation in Burma and the nature of the ruling regime, the State Peace and Development Council. The association is non-party political, non-denominational and committed to non-violent means. Contact ph 087 1261857, e-mail and website

ARAN rally 6th December in Dublin

Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) are planning another Dublin rally against cruelty to animals, on Sunday, 6th December at 1.30pm sharp at the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin (top of O'Connell Street). Contact: John Carmody 087-2391646. See here for ARAN videos on You Tube. Website  

Cultivate moves, Wicklow OOOOBY’s

Cultivate is moving to Green House, 17 St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, and will be reopening soon. See  for further info (aim “to provide access to the knowledge and tools to cultivate sustainable lifestyles and resilient communities”). You can receive their excellent monthly e-newsletters free by subscribing via the website. The current issue includes the news that an OOOOBY store has opened in Glenealy, Co Wicklow; Carraig Dúlra Organic Farm has opened an Out Of Our Own Backyard non-profit store, encouraging local food consumption and a community network. It’s at Glenealy Landscape Centre and open 9-5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 11-2 on Saturdays. See  

Pax Christi on Military Spending and Development Aid

Pax Christi International has produced an 82-page advocacy package on this topic, accessible via their website at  or go directly to the PDF at  

CGE: Promoting Development Education in Youth Work Training

The Centre for Global Education recently carried out a practice-based research project, in partnership with the Community Work Youth Work Team at the University of Ulster Jordanstown (UUJ), with the aim of enhancing development education practice in youth work training. A 40-page report is available. Centre for Global Education, 9 University Street, Belfast BT7 1FY, ph 028 – 9024 1879, e-mail  and web  

Ethical investment

The first National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) runs from 8th – 14th November. Its intention is to raise awareness of the environmental and social consequences of our use of financial services, and to encourage choices which respect our personal values. Further information and campaign materials are available from the NEIW website . Members of Christian churches can download an Action Guide for Church Groups from the website of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility:

Pacem in Terris 2009 Peace & Freedom Award

On 20th September Dr. Hildegard Goss-Mayr of Vienna, Austria received the Pacem in Terris 2009 Peace and Freedom Award in Davenport, Iowa. Goss-Mayr, often nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is a preeminent teacher of nonviolence. The Honorary President of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, she has taught the theory and practice of active nonviolence throughout the world.  

Pax Christi International Peace Award 2009

The Executive Committee of Pax Christi International and the Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink Peace Fund have decided to present the 2009 award to Justine Masika Bihamba, from Goma in the North Kivu Province of the DR Congo. For many years, Justine Masika has worked to improve the lives of rural women, defend human rights and assist victims of war, especially women who have been targeted by acts of sexual violence. Since 2003, she has been the coordinator of Synergie des femmes pour les victimes des violences sexuelles – SFVS – Women’s Synergy for Victims of Sexual Violence. SFVS is a collective of 35 women’s organisations in the DR Congo that defends the dignity of women and girls who have been raped or otherwise traumatised by war-related sexual violence. More about the Peace Award here.

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