20 January, 2015
“ARENA: COMMUNITY THEATER AND
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Peace Dialogue NGO has started implementation of its new three-year project “Arena: Community Theatre and Public Art”.
“Arena” will be implemented in some of the former Soviet countries including the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ukraine, as well as in several unrecognized entities, such as Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
These places have many things in common, they are places with unresolved conflicts or conflicts that have escalated recently, community apathy, an atmosphere of fear, disrespect towards human rights and the absence of critical and analytical thinking.
For these reasons, it is harder and harder for NGOs and human rights activists to do peace building, as there is a lack of support by the public. The activities of these NGOs and civil initiatives are aimed at strengthening society and providing a safe space for dialogue however the unfriendly attitude toward them and the conflict effected climate they work in makes it difficult to do their peace building and watchdog work. more»