Armed conflict is one of the biggest threats to the rights of the poor to development. Diakonia and our partner organizations are present in many countries where this freedom remains very remote. We are working in these countries at many different levels to promote peace and justice.
Poverty in the wake of conflicts
Peace is more than the absence of war, armed conflict or organized violence. Real peace means that violence is eradicated and that conflicts are resolved by peaceful means.
Working for real peace
Diakonia’s point of departure is to always position itself on the side of the civilian population in a conflict. A decisive issue for us is how we can work to uphold international humanitarian law and for the protection of human rights. Another important issue is working on the underlying causes of the conflict.
UN resolutions against sexual violence
In conflict situations, sexual violence increases, which primarily impacts women. The UN Security Council has adopted two resolutions (1325 and 1820) which state that women are to be given the opportunity to participate at all decision-making levels in conflict situations. These resolutions also aim to end impunity for and punish the perpetrators, for the purpose of preventing further acts of sexual violence.
When the world takes responsibility
Diakonia would like to see Swedish and European policies that contribute to resolving the conflicts in the countries in which we work. Building a truly peaceful society is a time-consuming process. In some cases, the warring parties are not interested in an end to the conflict.
For this reason, part of Diakonia’s work is to point out what options the decision-makers have to influence the course of events in regions suffering conflicts. For example, this might what conditions are placed on cooperation with other countries, monitoring the actions of Swedish corporations in weak states, or setting up a dialogue on respect for human rights.
The conflicts in Israel/Palestine and the conflict in Congo-Kinshasa are two areas of particular focus for Diakonia’s work in the area of conflict.