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Organization: The Iraqi Peace Center
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

It the beginning we in the Iraqi peace center thought that things will work out very well.  We had some desire to work , in spite of the terrible situation of Iraq , in spite of having a couple of bomb blasts so near to the Hawar Gallery which is the art gallery where we used to have our meetings and workshops ,  We were full with desire and hope in this new expierence  in a country like iraq, which had witnessed three wars within two decades.

We had two foreign people helping us. Tthey were Martin Edwards from the US , who is a journalst who worked in in Iraq , and Han San Jin, a Korean peace activist,  These two people were working too much so as to help us and putting us on the right way, but they have been in so many problems, and so we were. We have planned to do so many programs in terms of peace culture and cultural exchange, but no one of them have been done . All of that happened because of the current finanicial situation of Iraq, and the huge waves of violence that have destroyed the country .

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The main two obstacles are the funding and the security situation.  As Iraqis we became familiar with bomb blasts , so we can work under this situation, but the two foreign people who were helping us couldn’t continue with that.  Mr Edwards and Mr Han were able to help us with raising funds, as they both have experince and relations in such activities, so since they left, all of our activites have been stopped , as we can not do their role. We are not in touch with the out side world.  That was a terrible disaster for our center.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

The actions we did were too limited, but they were very great compared to our situation and  abilities.  As a member in the Iraqi peace center, I was running a peace program called "students to students", which was correspondence between an Iraqi intermediate school and American students from New York.  I did that when I was a training teacher in the areas surrounding Baghdad.  We gave workshops about human  rights and peace rights. We attended three conferences concerning human rights and peace education.   We had plans to do projects with children , and a march for peace, but no one was done.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

I  think that peace is a huge sea that ordinary people know nothing about , so the UN should show people what peace is through media , education , TV.  The UN should work in the areas  where wars spread, and the UN  should cooperate with the government to work things out, as every thing in here is being controlled by the governments ,

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

We were about to have a net work with APRA,   My self, I had a relation with IIPE , International Insititue of Peace Education.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

No plans for the future if the situation didn’t improve

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E-mail address of organization

aljubourie@yahoo.co.uk

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Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

human rights

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

peace education

Highest priority country of action (or international)

It was in Baghdad. We were trying to extend it to north and south regions, but we failed.

Second priority country of action (or international)

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