Has Europe Done Enough?

PLENARY PANEL ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING: The Refugee Issue: Roots and Responses 
Date & Time:

12 May 2016, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Location: 

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 


Chair

Stephanie Stobbe, Associate Professor, Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons Coollege/University of Winnipeg
Participants:

1. Dean Peachey, Professor and Executive Director, Global College, University of Winnipeg

– Change starts with you.

– The invasion of Afghanistan was a grave mistake, as it has spread instability around the world. 

– Iraq invasion was not a mission accomplished as President George W. Bush announced. The mission was not a positive one and still create devastating gaps as well as lack of peace. 

– civil war is a proxy war and proxy war are long. 

Roots to mass migration 
– our neighbors and allies are directly implicated in the issues

– as they continued to encourages foreign policies 

– we need to understand the implication of our governments in fueling the global instability and mass migration, refugee crises. 


2. Omid Aeinehchi, OSCE, Former UNHCR Kosovo, Ukraine.


– is Europe doing enough to protect migrants?

– does Europe act faster in proving internal protection to refugees? 

– when refugees return home, who will be the minority or majority ethnic tribes? Will things be as it used to be prior to the war, which forced them to flee their communities and homes?


– part of the refugees are actually involved in smuggling business.

– security problem is one of the major that does impact the peace negotiations.

– the quota role system is just to confuse people. 

– what happen to refugees when they return home?

– how will they get jobs? 


3. Rana Khan, Legal Officer, UNCHR, Toronto

– negotiating peace in ongoing conflict is no easy task

– the conflict in Colombia has been going on for five decades 

– what happened when peace agreement are signed and you have to enforce peace on the ground?

– the peace agreement is often a transition period.

– the reintegration of the IDPs will contribute to the growth of the post-conflict country. 

– UNCHR has been in Colombia since 1997. 

– it is the only NGO assisting the internally displaced Colombians.  

– in the protection and solution lexicon, the UNCHR is protecting the words IDP.

– it gets the participatory of the local grassroots in the procedures of the peace negotiation.

– and its ensures the reintegration of the IDPs in their community after the peace agreement has been signed and respected. 

– however durable solution must be based on human rights 


4. Dr Christopher Mitchell, Professor Emeritus, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University 

– what can conflict resolution achieve in term of curtailing refugee crises. 

– there ought of be mediators for both parties to persuade both to come to the negotiating table. 

– supply a constitutional lawyer to ensure how they can get both sides to draft their new 


– lots of different organizations contribute to task of conflict resolution in conflict. 

– how much time and efforts are poured into the production of the agreement and what are to expect in the aftermath of the conflict, such as what do we do with the return of the refugees that want to come back home, how do we allow their voices to be heard, what are the required steps to peace processes. 


Conference: 

9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugees and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Conference Theme:

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development 

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