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Kobane, Aleppo, Syria− Conflict resolution is one of the main topics taught to activists to revive civil society in conflict areas. Under the sponsorship of international organizations, human rights activists organized several workshops concerning conflict resolution and the Syrian crisis in countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
In Syria, the recently established Local Assembly of Kurdish Lawyers organized a specialized workshop on conflict resolution in the Kurdish city of Kobane, northern Syria, as an initiative to provide activists in the city −who refused to leave the war-torn country− with specific skills on the topic and how to handle the escalating civil war prevailing across Syria.
Dozens of trainees received an elementary three-days course on conflict resolution, started on Sunday in Kobane.
Civil activists and lawyers were among the trainees who demonstrated motivation and commitment to the topic.
“This is one of the most significant training programs I attended, especially that it is organized inside the country, because such trainings generally take place in the neighbouring countries, so it was an opportunity for me and my colleagues in Kobane,” said one of the trainees. “We need to reorganize our lives and resist the damage the current war brought to our society. We hope that more focus will be given to provide such training programs to people inside Syria.”
In cooperation with the Arab Network for Democracy, the training was supervised by Saleh Qitti and Perwin Rammeh, two Kurdish human rights activists specialized in legal studies.
The program included three main topic in the framework of conflict resolution, including terms of successful negotiator, the pillars of negotiation, and forms of negotiations.
“Mistrust and fear of failure while trying to negotiate the involved parties is one of the main concerns in conflict resolution. Special skills, such as the need to be flexible and capable of founding a bridge of trust between the conflicting parties, are of focus in this elementary course, with more elaboration following,” Parwin Rammeh told ARA News. “We hope to continue with intermediate and advanced levels to provide our trainees with more skills, and open a door for an actual conflict resolution in our areas.”
According to Rammeh, organizing such workshops remains crucial amid the violence spreading across the Kurdish areas and Syria in general.
“We basically select trainees who have no links with any political party or armed group,” she said. “Financial and logistic support is needed to continue our project, and we hope that the international organizations would take into consideration the importance of what we do, especially we are organizing workshops inside Syria.”
On the other hand, Saleh Qitti emphasized the importance of making such programs available to people who have no background on legal and activism issues.
“People should be aware of how to deal with conflict under worsening conditions like in Syria in order to maintain the civil society against possible damaging consequences of the ongoing war,” Qitti stated to ARA News. “To guarantee efficient results in the future, we should avoid errors as much as possible. All that can be achieved only by recognizing the concept of conflict resolution and negotiation on reasonable basis.”
According to the United Nations, more than 125,000 Syrians have been killed since the start of the 33-month-old war in Syria, with an estimation of 5000 casualties every month.
Activists insist that more workshops should be organized in Syria concerning conflict resolution, transitional justice and other crucial and necessary topics that may benefit the Syrian society in the post-war era.
Reporting by: Baran Misko
Source: ARA News
(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid. Translation by: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim)