Non-Violence Day

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Non-violence discussed in Cyprus POST RI, EBCO and The Initiative of Conscientious Objection in Cyprus organised a seminar/workshop in the buffer zone in Nicosia on the occasion of the international non-violence day. On 2 October 2012, on the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), the POST Research Institute (POST RI) and the Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus organised a seminar/workshop in the Buffer Zone in Nicosia, Cyprus, with the support of the Youth in Action programme of the European Union. The programme started with the welcoming speech of Gina Chappa, EBCO Board member and followed with a commemoration of late EBCO President Gerd Greune which included a film showing his solidarity to CO Murat Kanatli in Cyprus. Following the introduction, POST RI President Mehves Beyidoglu Onen made a presentation on non-violence, non-violent action and pacifism. Contentious Objector Murat Kanatli then talked about conscientious objection in Europe and Cyprus and the progress towards the ideal of having a demilitarised Cyprus. POST RI member Loizos Loukaides presented a paper regarding peace education in connection to non-violence. The seminar/workshop ended with an interesting and productive discussion about the issue.


About POST Research Institute

POST is a non-profit, non-political organization set up by a group of people to work for the cultural, social, and environmental betterment of Cyprus and established at 2002. Vision: To contribute towards achieving an alternative sustainable future, which comprises of an egalitarian Cypriot society, that recognizes the dignity of every living being. Mission: • On the basis of social equality/justice: o To contribute for creating an open dialogue on issues of peace education and reconciliation and working actively for the unification of the island. o To take action against gender discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for achieving positive social transformation. o To advance, sensitize and advocate for a multicultural and diverse society in which all differences are recognized, understood and accepted. • To excel as an Institute in the execution of research and participatory action. • To strengthen research capacity in Cyprus. • To strive for ecological sustainability through the prevention of environmental degradation and destruction.
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