Washington, DC (November 9, 2018) Today, the Trump Administration announced sweeping changes to the asylum system, blocking people who enter the U.S. between ports of entry from seeking asylum. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization that has worked with migrants and refugees for over 100 years, spoke out against the announcement.
by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
Quaker group releases study on election violence
Groundbreaking study and event connect international practitioners
Nairobi, Kenya: Today the American Friends Service Committee released a study on the causes of electoral violence around the world and best practices for prevention. Prevention of election violence is a major focus of AFSC’s work in the African continent, but increasingly a concern in the United States and other democratic countries across the globe.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
December 9, 2016- In marking International Human Rights Defenders Day, the undersigned organizations commend the work of all human rights defenders working for justice globally, stand in solidarity with them, and highlight the case of individuals and organizations focused on Palestine. Human rights defenders advocating and working on Palestinian human rights around the world are facing intensifying threats and are increasingly targeted for their work.
AFSC strategic priorities in Burundi
Through 2018, AFSC is focusing its work in Burundi in three key areas. Working with people affected by war and violence—particularly women, youth, ex-combatants, returnees, and internally displaced people—AFSC is building the conditions for lasting peace and economic development.
Promoting community livelihood recovery, social cohesion, and trauma healing
Commitments to more effective synergies among peace, humanitarian and development actions in complex humanitarian situations
The end of AFSC’s Helping the Neighbors project is a new beginning for some of the young people who organized it.
Planning for this project started in September 2014 immediately after the Israeli war on Gaza. In August 2014, Palestinians living there endured fifty days of continuous shelling. They were unable to protect their children, their elderly parents, or themselves. They felt very helpless in this situation. The war left thousands killed mostly civilians. A great number was left injured, displaced or permanently disabled.
Manal Hillis, 22, lives in Sheshaiyeh, one of many neighborhoods destroyed during Israel’s 51-day attack on Gaza last July and August. The attack rained bombs on the already fragile region, where civilians have been under blockade for eight years.
Manal recounts how her family came to flee their home on a July morning:
AFSC and Quaker Peace Network stand in solidarity with the Burundian people to promote nonviolence in upcoming 2015 elections
American Friends Service Committee: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Our work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
World not delivering on Gaza reconstruction promises, new report warns
Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza's recovery, many people are worse off and not a single one of the 19,000 destroyed homes has been rebuilt. 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools.
83% (Eighty-three percent) of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict there, a global coalition of humanitarian and human rights organisations has revealed ahead of the fourth anniversary on March 15.
Analysing satellite images, scientists based at Wuhan University in China, in co-operation with the #WithSyria coalition of 130 non-governmental organisations, have shown that the number of lights visible over Syria at night has fallen by 83% since March 2011.
Aid Agencies Give UN Security Council a "Fail" Grade on Syria
21 Humanitarian and Human Rights Organizations Say Warring Parties and Powerful States Have Failed to Implement UNSC Resolutions Leading to "Worst Year" of Crisis for Civilians in Syria.
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Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, killing an estimated 222,570 people— many of them children arriving or leaving school—major challenges remain as the country slowly rebuilds.
AFSC recently concluded a second workshop in participatory planning, dialogue, and conflict transformation for local authorities.
In Haiti, local peace networks are working to bring peace and security to city neighborhoods. Supported by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), they use conflict analysis and participatory planning to identify and address the roots causes of conflict.
44 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Ericka Chutan, 17, is a member of the local peace network in Ciudad Real, a Guatemala City community with high levels of violence.
Ericka cites a culture of violence as a factor contributing to recent increases in violent killings of women; Guatemalan police report that 382 women were killed between January and August 2014, and 627 women were killed in 2013.
“Burundi has gone through war. Burundians fled, left everything behind, many lost their lives, anarchy reigned. … In the hearts of those who stayed back and those in the bush were severe pains. Blood had been shed and could be felt everywhere. This made everyone wounded.” —opening to “Life after conflict in Burundi: Socio-economics and trauma healing”
A new documentary film featuring five Burundians shows how healing from trauma helps make way for rebuilding community in the wake of protracted violent conflict.
Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.