Why a peace proposal for Syria

A proposal of peace

Since March 2011, the war in Syria has caused a human tragedy of immense proportions. While a political solution has not been found, human rights violations, abuses, killings and armed clashes go on in Syria in a context of widespread insecurity and absence of any guarantee for the protection of human rights.
The figures are uncertain because of difficulties in collecting and monitoring data, but on the fifth year of the war there are more than 270,000 people dead and more than a million wounded [1] . More than half of the entire Syrian population has been forced to leave their homes, even more than once: Syria is the place of greatest crisis of global displacement [2] . (more…)

February 2017 report Albania

February 2017 report Albania – Current situation

On February, Albanian police has done several discoveries related to an inquiry about a “blood feud” case begun in 2016. The conflict burst in Elbasan between two clan. It causes 5 casualties and 7 injured. The inquiry results are not public yet, but it seems that one of the first murderers has been identified. The hope is that this news can be the starting point to discover other acts on revenge.

Moreover, at the beginning of February, in Kossovo, an Albanian man invested three people with his car. One of those people died. During the funeral, his family decided to forgive the driver, in order to avoid an escalation of violence. The event represents how traditional habits can still be used to stop the feuds circles. (more…)

Peace Appeal by Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Operazione Colomba has been present in Lebanon since September 2013, starting from April 2014 a permanent presence in the refugee camp and in the village of Tel Abbas, 5 kilometers from the border with Syria.
After having been subjected to threats and violence by some Lebanese locals, refugees themselves asked Operazione Colomba volunteers to live with them in the camp. A civilian and unarmed international presence is a strong deterrent against the use of violence.
Since three years the volunteers have directly shared their lives with refugees in camps in Lebanon.
This has enabled Operazione Colomba to collect and be spokesman of the demands made by Syrian refugees, representatives of other refugees, who have fled the war in Syria not to be forced to fight or be killed.


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February 2017 Report Syria-Lebanon

Current situation: February 2017 Report Syria-Lebanon


February 2017 report Syria-LebanonEarly on February a report compiled by Amnesty International was released stating that between 2011 and 2015  mass executions were systematically carried out in the prison of Saydnaya in the countryside of Damascus. The report highlights a practice of arbitrary and summary mass executions based on confessions extracted by torture. Syrian government denies any wrongdoing and rejects the accusation, rather speaking of a conspiracy. In the first months of the revolution, following an amnesty, these prisons were emptied releasing previous prisoners (mainly for religious crimes and including many extremists), while  political opponents went to fill them. (more…)

Press Release: Threats of eviction in the largest Syrian refugee camp

November 17, 2016 – North Lebanon, Akkar Region
“In Rekhanye refugee camp, the victims of the Syrian war are still paying the highest prize.”
“The dismantling of this refugee camp, the largest in the north of Lebanon – says Giovanni Ramonda, General Responsible of the Association Community Papa Giovanni  XXIII – would mean a new violence against the Syrian families that already have to deal with the war consequences and the destruction of their homes in Syria.”

Operazione Colomba, the Community Papa Giovanni XXIII Peace Corps, visited the camp and is present in the area with international volunteers since 2014, engaged in support activities for displaced persons.