In November 2017, Abdul Hamid Darwesh, Program Director of Afghanistan Justice Organization (AJO) attended a two days meeting on “Strengthening Cooperation and Collaboration among Civil Society Organizations in South Asia” organized by Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) and Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) in Colombo – Sri Lanka.
The meeting gathered members of the civil society organizations in South Asia to envision GPPAC networks’ commitment for 2018 in the region with the support of RCSS as the regional partner.
Representatives of several civil society organizations from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka participated and among others, representing AJO, Mr. Darwesh remarked on role of civil society in peace and security in Afghanistan.
The remarks focused on sharing thoughts and learn from the entire South Asia group and apply lessons learned and experience to each other’s work when applicable. In his remarks, Mr. Darwesh said that: “I believe that we who are gathered here today can work together on a regional level to support each other in resolving or managing conflict rooted in regional, border, military strategic elements by sharing information, collaborating, advocating not just for our own country but for all the South Asian countries as a whole from our respective governments. If we unit as South Asians and work together, I believe we may be a catalyst for a broader change. If successful, it will bring about peace and security to our respective countries, we can then, in my view easily resolve and manage the internal conflicts thereafter.”
the full remarks can be accessed here
AJO is member of RCSS since 2013 and has worked together with RCSS on a number of events and pulbications in Afghanistan and other South Asian member countries.
The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) is a South Asian regional think tank, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Established in 1992, it is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization which encourages research, dialogue, and deliberation on a broad range of conventional and non-conventional sources of conflict.