Around 500 individuals took gathered in Piata Unirii in an act of solidarity with Ukraine, following the conflict which has escalated since Feburary 24th, 2022.
PATRIR (Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania), organised Solidarity Action as a sign of solidarity to end the war and invasion of Ukraine, starting at 6 PM in Unirii Square (Piața Unirii).
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We will also be gathering materials for humanitarian support for refugees and those affected by the bombing and invasion of Ukraine. Please join us and please help distribute and disseminate this event further. If you are living in another city please organise similar events.
1. To show solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the face of the invasion and to collect humanitarian supplies for those in need;
2. To show solidarity with those in Russia courageous enough to be standing up to and opposing the invasion in a context of extreme challenge and repression of dissent;
3. To call upon all governments not to escalate the war but to take social, economic, political and another measures to end Russia’s invasion and bring about the withdrawal of forces;
4. To recognise the severity of this challenge to peace and security in Europe, and the need to radically rethink the types of politics and measures that brought us here, and to bring about a revision of our approach to real peace and security in Europe going forward
This is a time where our involvement matters. Raising your voice, showing your support, helping to donate resources for those displaced and affected by the fighting is important.
People will need shelter, food, and emotional and moral support. We also need to be courageous and to rally to end the war, use all channels we can to reach out to Russian soldiers and forces to call for them to refuse to fight – we have reports from the frontlines of soldiers who are already upset with having been sent into Ukraine against civilians, thinking they were going in to stop ‘NATO aggression’.
We must do everything we can to reach out to people in Russia to delegitimise this war and support their actions to stop it. We also invite and call upon artists and musicians to use your talents to raise awareness, show solidarity and support, and be a courageous voice for peace and inspire people’s actions and engagement to stop the war.
The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) was founded in 2001 as a non-governmental, non-profit, politically independent organization in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
The institute has as basic principles non-violence, conflict transformation, the promotion of human rights through information and awareness raising by solutions oriented, social, political and economic analysis. PATRIR was created as a result of numerous dialogues with representatives from various social sectors, as a response to the need of change within the local communities.
In its strive to support the local communities in their development and meeting everyday challenges, the Institute lays its activity on to four pillars: action, training, research, advocacy and awareness raising. It joins together diagnosis, necessary to identify problems and challenges with prognosis and therapy, disseminating information and making sure that the promoted message reaches across communities. PATRIR is the joint effort of hard working people believing in its values.
These people coordinate, work or volunteer for the existing departments and programmes, or in the administrative division of the Institute.
While the impacts and effects of war and armed conflicts are enough to make even the most courageous lose hope and question whether there is indeed anything we can do to make the world a better place, there is another, quieter and perhaps more powerful story unfolding; one less visible to the world’s television cameras and photographers.
It is the story of increasing numbers of individuals in their thousands and tens of thousands and organisations on all continents working in peacebuilding; of a field becoming ever more collaborative, experienced and capable; of governments and citizens increasingly recognizing that to overcome war and violence we need to commit the intelligence and responsibility to invest in peacebuilding and developing our capacities to handle conflicts effectively.
Peacebuilding is not a ‘soft’ field, an abstract field, or an idealistic way of dealing with violent conflict any more than medicine is soft, abstract or idealistic as a way of dealing with sickness and disease. It is essential, necessary and achievable.PATRIR is one of many authors and contributors to this story. Through patience, dedication, hard work, and a commitment to professionalism and passion, the Institute is working to enable both immediate results and long-term contributions to building an architecture, culture, and practice of peacebuilding.
It is working with practitioners, policy makers and the public to deepen our knowledge, skills and understanding, and to make visible an important choice.
The choice of whether we continue policies and practices which escalate violence, insecurity and instability for billions of people world-wide, or whether we find alternatives, and commit our social, economic, political, scientific, cultural and human resources and capacities to transforming conflicts by peaceful, determined means.
That choice of overcoming all forms of structural, cultural and direct violence is up to us; every single one of us.