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Organization: Centre for Rights & Development (CEFRAD) - Seychelles
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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?

During the period 2001-2005, the Centre for Rights & Development (CEFRAD) has been the leading NGO in the process of transforming the International Peace & Solidarity Project (IPSP, a Seychelles civil society peace network) into the Small Islands Peace Action Initiative (SIPAI). Both IPSP and SIPAI have attempted to propagate the view that arts and culture can be appropriate vehicle for the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, with SIPAI laying emphasis on "turning peace echoes into peace actions".

SIPAI was formally launched at the national level (Seychelles) on 22nd September 2003 to commemorate UN International Day of Peace. Venue for the event was one of the country’s largest secondary schools situated on the outskirts of the capital. Other schools on the main island have since manifested great interest in becoming part of the Initiative. A first plan of action adopted during 2004 has already attracted participation from schools, civil society organisations and public institutions. During 2005 indicators are being developed to measure future progress.

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

Although it has been proved not to be a reality, there is still a widely-held belief that small island developing countries are sheltered from violence and social unrest. A general lack of motivation still prevails, especially with people in positions of authority and leadership, where it concerns preventive measures, such as serious peace reflections and peace education. Organisations and institutions participating in SIPAI have taken the task to set the lead in pro-activeness in favour of conflict prevention.

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

During the period under review CEFRAD has been the legal host orgainsation for SIPAI. Please find attached a SIPAI progress report and local action plan. The Initiative was launched at the regional level at a Small islands workshop on ‘Democratic Governance for Sustainable Development’which took place in Seychelles in January 2004, and at the inter-regional/international level during the UN SIDS conference in Mauritius, January 2005.

On 8th April, 2005 CEFRAD in collaboration with eight other civil society organisations, launched a public awareness and education campaign on human rights and the rule of law. The official launching - involving participation also from Seychelles Government and the private sector - took place under the theme: ‘Practicing Respect for all Humanity’, by way of a Citizenship Week with a Human Rights & Peace Exhibition from 8th to 13th April 2005. Other activities under the same campaign include a human rights & peace survey (May to October 2005) and a series of public seminars (May 2005 to April 2006) on a number of issues having impact on the daily lives of citizens. And one of the major objectives of the  said campaign is to provide a platform for public views on, and inputs into what could constitute an effective, comprehensive national strategy for democracy, good governance, human rights, peace education and sensitisation.

CEFRAD photos:



Cefrad1 - Launching of first Citizenship Week in Seychelles, on Friday 8th April 2005, under theme: 'Practicing Respect for all Humanity', officated by Seychelles Minister of Education & Youth (Danny Faure) in the presence of UNDP and OHCHR representatives.



Cefrad2 - part of the audience at the Citizenship Week launching exhibition on Human Rights & Peace



Cefrad3 - Launching of SIPAI Seychelles on 22nd September 2003 at the Plaisance Secondary School, officated by Sir James R. Mancham, former (first) president of Seychelles.

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?

Need for promoting greater respect for human dignity (starting with self-respect) within families, in schools and other learning establishments, in communities, at the workplace and in business.

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

SIPAI (regional and inter-regional)
COMESA Peace & Security Programme
World Peace Form 2006 (Vancouver, Canada)

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)?

(i) More serious reflections on threats to peace and security;
(ii) Human rights education for promoting a culture of peace and non-violence, to be undertaken at community level and in learning and training establishments;
(iii) Indian Ocean Peace retreat proposed for January 2006;
(iv) Regional and international peace exchanges.

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E-mail address of organization

cefrad@seychelles.sc

Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human Rights

Highest priority country of action (or international)

National: Seychelles and the Chagos Archipelago
Regional: South Western Indian Ocean region
International: small islands regions of Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean

Second priority country of action (or international)

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