GenPeace calls for a peaceful, reflective and humane observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan. We show our solidarity to our Muslim brothers and sisters. We believe in unity and equality; we may be different but we are all equal in our inherent rights and dignity.
We–Muslim, Christian, Indigenous People, Filipino, Moro–members of the GenPeace Youth Network support the youth’s clamor for religious tolerance and diversity, equality and justice.
Support the non-violent resolution of the armed conflicts! Peace in MindaNOW!
GENERATION PEACE: 2012 RESOLVE
Generation Peace, meeting in general assembly on the eve of the 26th anniversary of the 1986 People’s Power, resolves to redouble our efforts to pursue peace in diverse parts of the country. We will do our part in galvanizing youth voices in urban and rural areas, in schools and in streets, in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. We will network with other sectors, in particular, with our teachers, with women, indigenous peoples, and with religious, business, political and community leaders.
We call on the leaders and the negotiating panels of the Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to resume peace talks in the period of Easter – the season of resurrection and re-awakening. To do so, we urge the following:
- 1. Undertake Easter Releases of Selected Detainees Relevant to the Negotiations!
- 2. Protect the Environment Now. Do so More Vigorously!
- 3. End Impunity!
We call on both sides to do so for the sake of future generations. We cannot wait any longer. These talks have been protracted enough, and we want to eliminate more victims of a war without end. We ask both sides to do what it takes to overcome obstacles. During the period of talks we call on both parties to suspend offensive military operations to create a climate more conducive to restore trust and the construction of a more peaceful future.
From Generation Peace General Assembly,
Successor Generation of Peace Advocates
February 24, 2012
Members of the Generation Peace General Assembly
University of Eastern Philippines Communication Association
FEU ACP3 Peace Tayo
Center for Peace Education Miriam College
Pax Christi Miriam College
Balay Rehabilitation Center
United Youth for Peace and Development
Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute
UNESCO Young Professionals Club
United Nations Youth Association of the Philippines
Sobusteha Youth Association
Akbayan Youth –Davao
Peace Advocates Zamboanga
SINAG Political Organization
Student Commission on Election, De La Salle University Dasmarinas
CARAGA Youth Leaders Network
Teduray Lambangian Youth and Students Association
Tirmizy E. Abdullah
Edito T. Ebol Jr.
Josiluther B. Nacario
Gerald Matthew E. Eustaquio
Brenfred N. Romero
Hazeline M. Panganiban
Nina Sarah D. Francisco
Xyren Moren Magbuhos
Marc Zeus Chee
Mary Angeli Bataycan
Rechie J. Tugawin
Allen John Lira
Victoria Kathleen Mae
Maria Theresa Angelica Bustria
Kristel Georgia Mendoza
Youth Solidarity For Peace.
Quezon City–The Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) recently concluded its 3rd National General Assembly with the theme “Successor Generation: Re-imagine the Work for Peace.” The assembly was held at the Ateneo de Manila University from February 23-25 and identified the network’s thematic priorities for 2012-2013.
Aside from discussing the network’s priorities, the gathering also discussed strategies to strengthen the network’s member organizations and expansion plans. Apart from the main mandate of the network in supporting political negotiations between the Government and the CPP NPA NDF and the Government and MILF, it also explores its role in promoting a culture of peace in the country. The assembly also elected its new set of officers for the national board (2012-2013).
Topics during the assembly range from updates on the peace processes, mediation and negotiation as essential peacebuilding skills, to envisioning peace. Prof. Ed Garcia of International Alert noted that “The Philippine peace negotiations are the world’s most protracted negotiations” with very limited milestones and as such require re-imagination from the part of youth peace advocates. ###
GenPeace is a national youth network engaged in a youth-led advocacy towards a just and sustainable peace in the Philippines. It is a coming together of 40+ youth organizations and networks all over the country that support political settlements in resolving armed conflicts.
We, members of Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325), a national network of women in human rights, women, and peace organizations, express our unequivocal rejection of war and military solution to the crisis arising from the October 18 tragedy in Al-barka, Basilan.
Roughly 30,000 civilians from affected communities in Basilan, Zamboanga Sibugay and Lanao provinces are now scattered in various evacuation camps while others seek refuge in homes of families and relatives who live away from the conflict areas. Majority of the internally displaced persons are women and children.
While We Act 1325 commends President Aquino for issuing a strict order on the primacy of the peace process, and the MILF for staying the course of the peace process, we ask the government and the MILF to:
1. Resume in earnest formal negotiations on the substantive agenda;
2. Take into account any violations of the ceasefire agreement and related mechanisms such as the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) guidelines and make the results of investigation available to the public;
3. Institute binding and strict measures that will compel adherence or compliance to all agreements forged between parties in conflict;
4. Respect the civilian character of evacuation camps and other defined safe spaces;
5. Uphold the government’s commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (and its succeeding resolutions) to ensure that women’s special needs in situations of conflict are prioritized and appropriately addressed, and their contributions valued and recognized;
6. Provide protection from sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence, especially in evacuation camps; and
7. Involve and engage the participation of more women in formal and informal peace negotiations or processes, as well as in relief and rehabilitation services in affected areas.
As women, we are alarmed that our voices and efforts for peace seem to be drowned by the loud drums of war. We are dismayed by statements from politicians, journalists, media and even some bishops that frame the MILF as “the enemy” rather than a committed party to the peace negotiations and even ceasefire agreement. They question the peace policy and established processes of peacebuilding and confidence-building based on government’s “six paths to peace”.
Unfortunately, they are playing to attitudes of machismo as well as ethnic and religious discrimination that are still dominant in our society.
We ask you to stop depicting the other as the enemy. Stop sowing hate. The costs of war increase when anti-peace sentiments and malicious statements are peddled this way. Hence, we appeal to all concerned to work instead in diffusing tension by promoting communication and understanding between parties in conflict.
War solves nothing. WOMEN DEMAND ALL-OUT PEACE!
Quezon City, 21 September 2011 — Thousands from different civil society groups celebrated peace day nationwide on September 21, the UN-declared International Day of Peace, Nonviolence and Ceasefire.
The youth network, Generation Peace (GenPeace) spearheaded celebrations in 7 key areas nationwide, in Cebu, Nueva Vizcaya, Iloilo, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Quezon City. Eight indigenous peoples groups also conducted peace rituals in their communities ranging from Sierra Madre in Luzon to Mt. Apo in Mindanao.
Debbie Cabanag, who participated in the celebrations for the past three years, said “Peace Day is remembered globally but what sets the Philippine celebration apart is that the date coincides with the commemoration of the Declaration of Martial Law. This is also why our national theme for this year is ‘Kapayapaan, ating karapatan’ (Peace is our right). We are highlighting our collective right to peace.”
In a message read throughout the celebrations nationwide, President Noynoy Aquino stated that, “The government pledges solidarity to this cause, in accordance with the conviction that the Filipino people’s progress is founded on an environment of peace and stability.”
Mohagher Iqbal, head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel also declared in a message that the MILF will make “manifest our continuing commitment to the peaceful settlement of the Moro Question and the armed conflict in Mindanao.” He further stated that peace is “the best gift we can pass on to the generations after us.”
“This year is the biggest celebration ever because the different peace groups converged to have a common call for a day of ceasefire and support for the peace talks by simultaneously launching the One Million Voices for Peace Campaign nationwide.” Karen Tanada, co-convener of the Kilos para sa Kapayapaan and Katarungan mentioned.
Last Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines declared a suspension of military operations for the celebration of the peace day.
The Quezon City celebration is done annually at the Quezon Memorial Circle. This year the event featured sports events, fun run, amazing race challenges and an obstacle relay race. Messages of peace from youth, women, indigenous peoples, government, military, faith and nongovernment groups were delivered.
Full transcript of the President Aquino message and the Chair Mohagher Iqbal (MILF) message can be found here.
For additional information or a sample copy, contact: Nikki Delfin, Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) 09178660405, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://youthpeacenetwork.wordpress.com/
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION!
Doing something for Peace Day? Submit your initiatives by contacting us.
NOTE: The schedules of initiatives here may change without prior notice. It is advisable to contact the local area coordinators beforehand.
GenPeace is part of the larger network called the Waging Peace Philippines and the broader coming together of the Philippine peace movement known as the “Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan” (KILOS).
September 21 is the UN-declared International Day of Peace. In the Philippines the youth network Generation Peace takes this opportunity to: Raise awareness on peace and the armed conflicts; Enlist public support for peace; Ask for a day of ceasefire from all armed groups and the government; Provide creative spaces for peacebuilding.
There are 2 Ways to Celebrate: K
1. Attend a Peace Day Celebration near you.
GenPeace is coordinating simultaneous celebrations in 6 key cities and 8 indigenous peoples communities around the country. The areas are: NCR, CARAGA, Maguindanao-ARMM, North Luzon, Iloilo, and Cebu. Indigenous peoples communities of Dumagats, Talaandig, Agta, Teduray and Lambangian will also have community peace celebrations/rituals.
Everyone will celebrate on 21 September, with events ranging from interfaith rituals, sports events, forum, film screenings, roundtable discussions, peace ceremony, etc.
The NCR celebration will be on 21 September at the QC Circle, from 8AM-2PM. The theme for the NCR celebration will be sports and Pinoy games. See https://www.facebook.com/peacedayproject for details.
You may also want to celebrate your own school or community event!
2. Join the ‘Give Peace a Shot: Peace Photo Petition’
LIKE: GivePeaceaShot Facebook Page. UPLOAD a photo with your peace message. TAG the GivePeaceaShot Page
by SEANGOURLEY on DECEMBER 21, 2009 (from SeanGourley.com)
Insurgencies are by their very nature difficult to understand. However each time an attack is launched and every time an IED explodes we start to know a little more about the structure of an insurgency. If we combine together enough of these attacks we start to build up a mosaic picture of the insurgency. Their actions can start to be defined mathematically and we can work backwards from these signatures to understand the fundamental forces that underlie the insurgency. This is exactly what we did in our latest research study “Common Ecology Quantifies Human Insurgency“.
With these models we can for the first time quantitatively understand more about what makes an insurgency successful. From our analysis and modeling we find that there are 14 key characteristics that define a successful insurgent ecosystem; these are listed below with a short name to describe the feature.
Many body: There are many more autonomous insurgent groups operating within conflicts than we had previously thought. For example there are 100+ autonomous groups operating in Iraq (as of 2006).
Fluidity: The insurgents are loosely grouped together to form fluid networks with short half-lives. This is very different from the rigid hierarchical networks that have been proposed for insurgent groups.
Redundancy: If we remove the strongest group from the system another group will rise to replace the previous strongest group
Splinter: When a group is broken it does not generally split in half but instead shatters into multiple pieces
Redistribute: When a group is broken the components are redistributed amongst the other groups in the system. The redistribution is biased towards the most successful remaining groups.
Snowball: The strongest groups grow fastest
Tall poppy: The strongest groups are the predominant targets for opposition forces
Internal competition: There is direct competition amongst insurgent groups for both resources and media exposure. They are competing with each other in addition to fighting the stronger counterinsurgent forces.
Independent co-ordination: Autonomous groups act in a coordinated fashion as a result of the competition that exists between them.
Emergent structure: Attacks in both Iraq and Colombia become ‘less random’ and more coordinated over time
Evolution: The strategies employed by the groups evolve over time where successful groups/strategies survive and unsuccessful strategies/groups are replaced.
High dimensional: Connection occurs over high dimensions (i.e. Internet, cell phone etc) and is not dominated by geographic connections.
Non-linear: It is approximately 316* times harder to kill 100 people in an attack than it is to kill 10 people. (*Results for a conflict with alpha=2.5).
Independent clones: the fundamental structure and dynamics of insurgent groups is largely independent of religious, political, ideological or geographic differences.
What can we learn from insurgents? Should the US military adopt more of these principles? Can we apply these organizational characteristics to other problems? You can read more about the research over at the TED blog, including the in depth interview I did with them.
Editor’s Note: The Bangsamoro armed struggle, successful or not? Let’s discuss in the comments section.