Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) works with those engaged in and affected by armed conflict to identify, develop, and implement practical solutions that prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm.

On to Paris…

Posted By: Erica On June 12, the French government will host 60 major donors, foreign governments and non-governmental actors, at the Paris Donor Conference for Afghanistan. The Afghan government will be asking the international community to commit to $50 billion in aid for the coming years.  We at CIVIC wanted to make sure that at…

Indiscriminate use of force

Posted By: Erica On March 4, 2007, a US Marine convoy killed 19 Afghan civilians and wounded 50 others in one of the worst incidents of indiscriminate fire on Afghan civilians. Fleeing the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad city, the Marines fired arbitrarily at passing civilians on the crowded highway, including those…

UN Special Rapporteur speaks out

Posted By: Erica For the past two weeks the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary executions has been in Afghanistan on a fact-finding mission (See here for a Special Rapporteur definition). His mandate is to look into all violations of the “right to life” in Afghanistan, and provide recommendations for improving respect…

A sad story…

Posted By: Erica Today [May 18, 2008] I received the following, very sad story in an email from one of the co-workers at my Afghan NGO: Today at noontime one of the women who works with our Helmand treatment center as a social worker popped in with a few questions. At the polite – to…