International Centre has a New President
Veteran parliamentarian Mr. Warren Allmand has been nominated as the new President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. He replaces Mr. Ed Broadbent. The Centre will gain a lot from Mr. Allmand"s progressive ideas and politics. We welcome the appointment.
Currently, CERAS project priorities are decided by its membership in Montreal and they are based on their vision and experience. However, we believe that social and political activists and intellectuals living and working in South Asia have a more accurate understanding of the democratic needs of the people in South Asian countries as well as of the workings of different groups and individuals with whom we have working relations. In view of this, we have taken steps to establish a CERAS Advisory Board of activists living in South Asia. The role of the Board will be mainly to advise the CERAS members and activists in Montreal on the issues which should be taken up by us in both our educational and overseas work. Out of the 11 people approached to be on the Board the following have so far accepted:
Peace InitiativeSeveral South Asian human rights activists had gone to Strasbourg in December 1995 to attend a seminar organised by the European Human Rights Commission and the Council of Europe on "Human Rights Community and Conflict resolution in South Asia - Applicability of European examples".
After the seminar on December 16, 1995, some of the South Asian delegates decided to form an Initiative for South Asia Peace Charter. The objectives of Initiative were:
The core group of the Initiative on South Asia Peace Charter has met thrice. At the last meeting held on December 5, 1996, it was decided to hold a 3 day consultation in Colombo. The Colombo Consultation will focus on the on going conflict in Sri Lanka and try to develop a programme for intervention by South Asian Human Rights community in the interest of peace. The consultations will be held on April 23-25, 1997.
It was suggested the Initiative may take up the following issues/activities:
CERAS is sending its President Daya Varma and Alternatives is sending its President Elizabeth Morey to these important consultations.