HISTORY

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The South Asia Peace Alliance (SAPA) was launched at a consultation hosted by IHRICON in Nepal, 4-6 April 2006. This came at the end of a three year process of consultation and joint action in the South Asia region. Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been represented from the outset; Afghanistan has been involved since November 2005.

The seeds had been planted in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2003 with a six day workshop “Peace is the way – conflict transformation in South Asia” involving 23 South Asia participants representing 14 South Asian voluntary organizations and people’s movements. People from the marginalized areas of North East India and the Chittagong Hill Tracts of  Bangladesh were included as were grassroots activists. The workshop was facilitated by  Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), Britain.

This led to three further invitations that enabled a total of a further forty six South Asian people to experience exposure and training in ahimsa (nonviolence) offered by Ekta Parishad and the Gandhi Peace Foundation in India. These experiences took place in Orissa  (December 2004); Delhi and Madhya Pradesh (June 2005);Delhi,Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh (November 2005). “A Training of Trainers” workshop took place in Chitwan,  Nepal (November 2006), A workshop on Peace Education was held in Colombo in May 2008, A Women‘s Training programme on peace and nonviolence was held in Katni(M.P) India(Sep 2008)


Two Videos featuring the people of SAPA