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Belém hosts First Culture of Peace Encounter (Brazil)
an article by G1 Globo

Diffusing the culture of peace and best practices in restorative justice and conflict mediation, through implementation of the National Socio- Educational Service, are some of the goals of the First Meeting of the Culture of Peace, Restorative Justice and Conflict Mediation in Belem , which begins on Thursday, November 21 and runs until Friday, November 22 .

Illustration taken from a recent meeting about SINASE

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The event also celebrates the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989 for which Brazil is a signatory. For two days, experts, scholars, representatives from the judiciary, prosecution and Public Defender, teenagers, university and community leaders will participate in conferences, panels, reports of experiences and workshops. They will show step- by-step how to implement a Culture of Peace in practice through the dissemination of the values of non-violence and actions such as mediation and restorative practices that seek positive resolution of conflicts and crimes involving teenagers (see CPNN article of 7 October).

The meeting also aims to sensitize the local media to the topic, through panels, conferences and exchanges of experiences that emphasize the construction of a Culture of Peace. Among facilitators of the event will be Izabela Jatene, Atílio Alvarez, Flavio Mesquita, Egberto Penido, Eliana Penedo and Suzana Varjão.

During the event there will be the launch of the magazine Restorative Dialogue , published by Tdh Brazil, an international NGO working in Brazil for 30 years for the socialization of children and adolescents, with an emphasis on Restorative Justice and Conflict Mediation both in Brazil and Worldwide. The publication features articles from several national experts on Juvenile Restorative Justice, both in the Criminal Justice System and in schools and communities. The publication includes a rich debate about different ways to conceive juvenile restorative justice and to develop its potential as a complementary tool to traditional justice in our country

The meeting is organized by the Government of the State of Pará, Brazil Tdh and the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) , and will include representatives from the Juvenile Justice System, Social Welfare, Education and Public Safety sectors, as well as universities, NGOs, churches, community institutions, lawyer, legal and public policy counselors, Guardianship Councils, journalists and other actors involved in the Systems of Justice and Civil Rights.

The First Culture of Peace Encounter will take place 21 and 22 November, 2013, in the Hangar - Convention Center of the Amazon. It is a free event, but places are limited. Registration is free and should be done on days 5-20 of November, since there will be only 120 places available.

(Click here for a Portuguese version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

Restorative justice, What does it look like in practice?

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Latest reader comment:

On this theme, I encourage CPNN readers to read Restorative Justice for Children in Brazil.

This report was posted on November 19, 2013.