Doctrine divides, Action unites


  September 2014

Games were a source of communicating a message to the children in a rural village school during Inspiration Day in Indonesia’s province of Central Sulawesi—in this case to let their dreams fly high—as well as to have fun.

Inspiration for the Inspirator

The author participated in a program through which the youth in Indonesia share the stories of their lives with elementary school students in remote areas as a way to offer inspiration to them. However, the author discovered that the inspiration is mutual: he found inspiration in the words and dreams of the children. [Read more]

New NEC Is the Key Problem for the CNRP and CPP in Cambodia
Phiev Tong Him

While a settlement was reached between Cambodia’s ruling and opposition political parties in July of this year to break the political impasse in the country after the 2013 national elections, the author is skeptical that a key point of the agreement—the reform of the National Election Commission (NEC)—will be realized because of past experiences with Cambodia’s powerful politicians and their promises. [Read more]

Nepal’s Commission on Disappearances: Will It Deliver?
Govinda Sharma “Bandi”

During Nepal’s civil war from 1996 to 2006, thousands of people disappeared in the country. As the nation and its people seek to heal the scars from this violent period, the author highlights the attempts that have been made to bring closure to these traumatic incidents, including the most recent initiative of Parliament, and examines their degree of success. [Read more]

An Islamic Scholar in Pakistan Is Shot Dead by ‘Unknown Persons’ on Blasphemy Charges
Asian Human Rights Commission

A liberal Islamic scholar, Dr. Shakeel Auj, the dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi, was the third Islamic scholar murdered in Karachi in the month of September. The same suspect—“unknown persons”—is believed to be responsible again. [Read more]

The Constructive Role of Civil Society
National Peace Council

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, tensions in the country are not only based on ethnic lines between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil communities but increasingly since 2012 on religious divisions in the country as a nationalistic group of Buddhist monks leads attacks on Muslims and Christians. This article offers a strategy for counteracting this violent trend against Sri Lanka’s religious minorities. [Read more]



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