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The Elders welcome Myanmar peace conference

Welcoming the peace conference convened by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Gro Harlem Brundtland calls for the basic rights of all Myanmar's people regardless of race, religion or citizenship, to be a guiding principle on its journey to a fully democratic and peaceful future.

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Overcoming obstacles on the path to peace

Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile, draws on personal experience when he reflects on Colombia's path to peace and the tensions between conflict resolution and upholding human rights.

"The challenge for future peace and prosperity is all about building bridges and working together."
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The Elders urge all sides to cooperate with East African Community efforts to resolve Burundi conflict

The Elders welcome the planned resumption of the Inter-Burundian Dialogue as part of ongoing efforts to resolve the current crisis in Burundi.

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The Elders troubled by UK’s vote to leave the European Union

The Elders' statement on Brexit; and call to the remaining member states of the European Union.

The Elders today expressed deep regret and dismay over the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. They respect the democratic will of the people of the UK whilst noting that the EU is a unique political alliance that has succeeded in bringing peoples and cultures closer together across a continent riven by wars that took the lives of millions.

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The Elders welcome Paris conference as step towards two-state solution for Israel-Palestine

The Elders call for decisive international engagement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and secure a lasting peace based on a two-state solution.

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Ahead of World Humanitarian Summit, The Elders urge UN action to stop mass atrocities

The Elders welcome the first World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul next week as a moment to galvanise responses to human catastrophes, notably in the host country’s immediate region.

The Elders believe that the most important way to alleviate humanitarian crises is to prevent conflicts and mass atrocities in the first place. This requires timely action and the exercise of greater responsibility from the five veto-wielding Permanent Members of the UN Security Council.

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The Elders call on all countries to prioritise anti-corruption fight

The Elders welcome the International Anti-Corruption Summit taking place in London on 12 May and call on all countries to back up their words with actions.

Corruption is a blight on countries’ development and destroys peoples’ faith in their systems of governance and wider public institutions. It impoverishes nations where millions of people already live in abject poverty, and it also damages the social fabric of countries where the embezzled money is laundered or invested.

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After Myanmar's celebrations, the hard work begins

From building relationships with the military and ethnic armed groups, to satisfying political activists hungry for rapid change, Myanmar’s new government faces multiple challenges, argues our senior policy consultant, Matthew J Walton.


Children in Myanmar celebrate NLD victory. Photo: Mark Baker

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The Elders welcome Myanmar’s new civilian government

The Elders' statement on Myanmar's new civilian government.

“This is a landmark moment for the country."

The Elders warmly welcome the assumption of office by Myanmar’s new civilian government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), following its electoral success last year.

The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan said:

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Remembering the people who make human rights meaningful

Hina Jilani celebrates Nelson Mandela and the individuals like him who challenge injustice and safeguard the fundamental rights we all share.

"Human rights are not embodied and protected by declarations, conventions or pieces of legislation; they are embodied and protected by people."


Photo: AP / Press Association Images

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