The project “ARENA: Community Theatre and Public Art” was launched in 2015. The project is aimed at improving the impact of peacebuilding efforts by the civil society actors in the conflict affected post-Soviet area. For the last three years, the project initiators, Armenian NGO Peace Dialogue and OWEN e.V. in Germany, support peacebuilding and human rights activists as well as independent artists from the South Caucasus Region, Russian Federation and Ukraine in developing pro-active, art-based strategies and hands-on methodologies for the community-based peacebuilding.
In 2018 the teams in PD and OWEN will strive to support the local groups in implementing activities derived from their strategies, further strengthen the regional network and to involve new actors from the mentioned regions.
The second workshop within the framework of the three year-project called Arena: Community Theatre and Public Art was held in Tbilisi from August 20-25. The Project was launched in 2015 and is being implemented by Peace Dialogue NGO with participants from the Russian Federation, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan.
“House of Tea” is a short documentary made by Anna Zakaryan, Arthur Manoukyan and Armen Papyan from Peace Dialogue NGO. It is a story of a small teahouse in Tbilisi that brings together people from different origins, living in Georgia. The film was made in 2015.
Project “Peace Counts” is supported by the German Berghof Foundation and aims at raising the international community’s awareness of stories like these. Through workshops, discussions, and exhibitions organized within the framework of this project, NGO representatives from different countries have for many years spread the stories of people who work for peace and human rights.
From May 8-15, 2015 fifteen participants representing the Russian Federation, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan were invited to take part in a Systemization of Experience Workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Key witness testifies that his testimony was coerced in the wrongful death of Manuchar Manucharyan (Video)
During the hearing on June 2, 2015 concerning the potential wrongful death of Manuchar Manucharyan, Mr. Arthur Abrahamyan was again called to testify. He had testified before that he was on duty the day of the incident. However, in this appearance, the witness renounced most of his previous testimony given during the preliminary investigation explaining that he had given those testimonies under pressure and threatening.
At the end of 2014, Peace Dialogue NGO filed a lawsuit in order to obtain information on the fatalities of persons serving in the military from the Ministry of Defense in Armenia (MoD). The Administrative Court of the Republic of Armenia (RA) has decided to allow the lawsuit to proceed and will hold hearings on two cases related to this most important issue.
Fifty-eight male and female active community members ranging from 16 – 30 took part in four workshops in the communities of Stepanavan and Alaverdi in the Lori region of Armenia from April 7 to April 10, 2015. The workshops were implemented by representatives of Peace Dialogue NGO, with support from the British organization, International Alert.