Unarmed civilian peacekeeping - experiences from Sri Lanka, June 4, 2014
Date: June 4, 2014

Guest at Peace Boat's weekly study session on June 4 will be Muhamed Butera Mpira, who participated as an unarmed civilian peacekeeper in Sri Lanka with the NGO Nonviolent Peaceforce.

As an unarmed, paid civilian peacekeeping force, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) fosters dialogue among parties in conflict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians. Throughout their work, NP aims to create a space for fostering lasting peace; to protect civilians, especially those made vulnerable because of the conflict; to develop and promote the theory and practice of unarmed civilian peacekeeping so that it may be adopted as a policy option by decision makers and public institutions; and to build the pool of professionals able to join peace teams through regional activities, training, and maintaining a roster of trained, available people.

Originally from Rwanda, Muhamed Butera Mpira has experience as an NP peacekeeper in Sri Lanka, and also served to help establish the first team in what is now South Sudan. He is now studying as a Rotary Peace Scholar at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo.

Read more about Nonviolent Peaceforce and its work around the globe here.

Date: June 4 (Wed), 2014; 19:00-20:00
Venue: Peace Boat Centre Tokyo (near Takadanobaba Station on the JR Yamanote / Metro Tozai Lines; Map)
Participation fee: 300 yen
Language: English with consecutive Japanese interpretation
Reservations required - contact Peace Boat on 03-3363-8047 or pbglobal(a)peaceboat.gr.jp.