At IPRA 2010, three human rights analysts and activists discuss the extent to which peace researchers can advance the fulfillment of human rights while exploring the dynamics and overlaps of theory and practice.
Human rights goes beyond the concept of being a mere theory, and as its advocates across nations continuously develop and refine strategies to raise awareness of both particular injustices both locally and globally, the challenge in peace studies remains.
Together, Lisa Natividad and John Ondawame will talk about their efforts to address the human rights violations affecting the indigenous people of Guam and West Papua, while Khan will discuss the challenges and opportunities in protecting human rights of vulnerable groups globally.
Danielle Celermajer is Senior Lecturer for the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and Director of the Asia Pacific Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation.
Author of The Unheard Youth: Poverty and Human Rights, 2007 Sydney Peace Prize laureate Irene Khan is the first woman, first Asian, and first Muslim to guide the world's largest human rights organization, having served as Secretary-General of Amnesty International.
Dr. Lisa Natividad, Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice president, communicates a strong message against the negative impact of U.S. militarism on her island community and the issue of human rights violations of the indigenous Chamoru people with the denial of their right to exercise self-determination.
The long years of armed struggle in the independent state of West Papua have eventually resulted to a peaceful dialogue that is now embraced by 90 percent of its people.
From having been a believer in armed struggle to being an active promoter of peaceful dialogue as a viable alternative pathway to conflict resolution, John Ondawame, is the Representative of the people of West Papua and Vice Chairman of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation.