Across cultures, the act of commemorating loved ones takes on many forms, from personal rituals to elaborate ceremonies. As part of the Mexican tradition of “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), altars or shrines are adorned with flowers, candles, sugar skulls, smoky incense, and other items that pay tribute to the deceased. While this practice has traditionally been used to honor family members, loved ones, and public figures who have passed away, Dia de los Muertos also presents an opportunity, as a cultural platform, to bring attention to various social issues and/or injustices. As part of the 9th annual Dia de los Muertos event at Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nevada, former PCRC intern Sindy Chaidez chose to dedicate her altar to the millions of genocide victims, both past and present, from around the globe.
Over the last five months of this project’s implementation, PCRC has organized several preparatory and research activities. Our project team has crafted research methodology, developed correspondent questionnaires, and acquired the contacts information of our research subjects. To date, we have interviewed over 30 local journalists and reporters of varying demographic backgrounds and from a variety of news media houses.
The first Christmas mass held in Mosul since coalition forces retook the city from ISIS in July took place amid tight security on December 24th, 2017, with the help of the city’s Muslim community. A powerful message of religious coexistence sent from the heart of ISIS’s former “capital” in Iraq, the mass was a first step in overcoming the many challenges that remain to the return of Christians to the city. Researcher and journalist Constantin Gouvy sheds light on the history-making occassion.
Since August 2017, the Rohingya of Myanmar have faced unspeakable violence at the hands of the army. In the fourth and final installment of our four-part series about the state-sanctioned violence against the Rohingya, we explore the current state of affairs and the prospects for peace for 'the world's most persecuted minority.'
Seemingly incorruptible in her principles, Suu Kyi promised to be a leader that could affect real change in Myanmar. However, in early August 2017 the Myanmar military began a “clearing operation” against the long-persecuted Rohingya population of Rakhine State in a move that was described by the UN as “textbook ethnic cleansing,” and Aung San Suu Kyi stood by. In this installment of our four-part blog series about the ongoing violence against Myanmar's Rohingya population, we examine Aung Sun Suu Kyi has played as the state's de-facto leader.
How can actors from the Global South support each other as they work positive change in their own countries? This was the central thematic question of UNOSSC’s recent “South-South Cooperation in the Era of Economic, Social, and Environmental Transformation” Expo, or “GSSD Expo,” in which PCRC was honored to participate. PCRC’s attendance at the Expo was instrumental in helping us to build partnerships for our youth and women’s empowerment initiatives and learn new applications for science and technology in our social media and online media work.
The violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya population during past weeks and months has been recorded and reported by numerous news outlets, international organizations, and human rights advocacy groups worldwide. Despite a general call to the end the humanitarian crisis, there has been much ambiguity surrounding the character of the ongoing human rights violations. This leaves one to carefully consider how to accurately classify the ongoing violence and the implications this decision carries.
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs awarded PCRC the prestigious Intercultural Achievement Recognition Award (IAA) for our pan-ethnic online multimedia outlet, Balkan Diskurs. Ambassador Pammer presented the award to PCRC at a public ceremony at the Austrian Embassy here in Sarajevo, with Balkan Diskurs youth correspondents, creative collaborators, members of Sarajevo’s local and international community, and other stakeholders in attendance.
They are frequently referred to as 'the most persecuted minority in the world.' When trying to understand the Rohingya crisis, it is important to understand the historical and social underpinnings of the current violence; understanding the Rohingya population’s history, and the discriminatory ideas held about the Rohingya in Myanmar.
PCRC's Fall 2017 intern group traveled to Kosovo with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the transitional justice processes in the region, and to see how they compare to the experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After their travels and meetings with various local peacebuilding initiatives, they reflect on the state of peace in Kosovo.