Press Clip Source: UTD News Center
Written By: UTD News Center
Date: February 9, 2012
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Ornelas, who earned a master’s in public affairs in 2008 and a bachelor’s in political science in 2006 from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is an international civilian peacekeeper with Nonviolent Peaceforce, a non-governmental organization.

In October, Ornelas went to Unity State, another part of South Sudan, where she assisted the United Nations Refugee Agency in providing emergency protection to refugees who were vulnerable to attacks in South Kordofan, Sudan. The agency registers the refugees and trains some of them on issues related to gender-based violence, child protection and community protection. 

Ornelas also spent time helping refugees at a camp known as Yida in Unity State, South Sudan, which was subjected to a bomb attack on Nov. 10.

 

Press Clip Source: Luwaran.com
Written By: Muhammad Musa
Date: April 13, 2011
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The Nonviolent Peaceforce Philippines (NPP) and the Bangsamoro Center for JustPeace Inc. (BCJP) are intensifying their Human Rights (HR) program in the grassroots level through organizing rigid seminars and trainings in the community that were commonly affected by conflict and prone to human rights violations.

In terms of capacity building, theNPPis supportingthe BCJP’s Tiyakap Kagawib (Care for Rights), a local grassroots monitor led by a civilian group, which has been setup in several areas in Mindanao. 

The NPP and the BCJP are working towards peace and human rights.

 

Press Clip Source: Midland Daily News
Written By: Jeanne Lound Schaller
Date: April 10, 2011
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Peace Shore
I stand upon the moonlit shore.
It is a very peaceful place.
I’m unhappy about war.
I have a very sad face.
I wish that I could do more
To help the human race.

Midland’s Abigail Hnizda was 8 when she composed this poem. She speaks for countless children, many living their formative years in the midst of war or other forms of violence, who long for a peaceful world. This longing motivated the 2002 initiation of a civilian, unarmed, professionally trained, international force of women and men willing to risk their lives to help build that kind of world.

Mel Duncan, co-founder of this Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), will speak in Midland on Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. hosted by the First United Methodist Church. 

NP is gaining recognition and receiving requests, from southern Sudan to the UN and beyond, to help protect human rights, provide safe space for opposing parties to meet and to model and teach nonviolent skills. This healing presence builds confidence in locals to create peaceful communities in which to live and raise their families. Invitations have come from a country’s citizen groups. Now, for the first time, NP has been officially invited by a head of state, the President of Kyrgystan, to make an exploratory mission in her country.

 

Press Clip Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Written By: Meredith May
Date: March 17, 2011
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From the segregated lunch counters of Maryland to political conflicts in Kosovo, Mexico, El Salvador and a recent dispute over stolen cows in Sudan, David Hartsough of San Francisco has spent most of his 70 years pushing for peace. In 1999, he co-founded Nonviolent Peaceforce, a civilian peacekeeping group of 100 unarmed professionals who work in conflict zones.

 

Press Clip Source: The Hamilton Spectator
Written By: Ray Cunnington
Date: March 3, 2011
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Anyone who thinks non-violence is dead hasn’t been following the news. It is not just a matter of the people’s revolt in Tunisia or even the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt. The real news is how much change has been taking place around the world with minimal bloodshed.

Something new is in the air, and it isn’t only Twitter or Facebook; it’s the idea that non-violence makes peace possible. Almost all people say they want peace, yet nations continue to build armies that occasionally put down their own people. But massive repression doesn’t have to happen. In some cases, the military can be trusted more than the government — soldiers can refuse to fire on their own compatriots. And it is non-violence that points the way.

Of course, violence will always grab the headlines, and most people feel unable to influence events. Yet, if the recent past is any example, it is precisely at the local level that people do have a chance to make a difference. The bravery and discipline of those who stand up peacefully against oppression can, and do, change world politics.

 

Press Clip Source: The Huffington Post
Written By: Matt Kohn
Date: November 29, 2010
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When the US surrounded Iraq at the start of the second Iraq war, I imagined that if our military forces just remained at the Kuwait border long enough, they would be welcomed with no bullets fired. But news reports at the time indicated that waiting for Saddam to retire was too expensive. And the soldiers might get bored. I guess these were practical considerations. But everyone has the same hope: to see wars thwarted or ended by peaceful, nonviolent means.

What would it take to make this happen?

A few months ago, I discovered a small NGO with a simple vision that can be applied to many conflict zones. On the face of it, their idea seems so simple that I feared they were suicidal.

So, during the flurry of meetings at the recent UN General Assembly in New York, I sat down with Mel Duncan, Founder and Special Projects Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). Counterbalance to his gentle Midwestern demeanor, Mel brought along Rolf Carriere, a seasoned NP advisor from the Netherlands who recently retired from UNICEF with executive experience all over Asia.