CPT INTERNATIONAL: New dates for delegations

3 July, 2012
CPT INTERNATIONAL: New dates for delegations

Three Christian Peacemaker Teams delegations in 2012 have dates changed from those previously announced. 

CPT delegations are short, intensive peacemaking visits to crisis settings where CPT works. They are open to all interested and prior training is not required.

The CPT delegation to Colombia previously scheduled for 20 September - 3 October 2012 has been changed to 28 November - 12 December 2012.

 Nailing fear to the cross in Colombia

An insurgency-counterinsurgency war has left over 200,000 Colombians dead and four million displaced since 1964. The delegation will meet with church, human rights and social justice organizers in Bogotá and in Barrancabermeja, the Magdalena Medio region’s informal capitol and the team’s base since its founding in 2001. Delegates will also spend several days in the countryside. The delegation’s focus will be announced in coming months.

The dates of two CPT delegations to Palestine/Israel, previously scheduled for 2-15 October and 6-19 November 2012, have been changed. The new dates are 22 October - 4 November 2012 and 19 November - 2 December 2012.

Road closures, home invasions, checkpoints, and the presence of militant Israeli settlers near Palestinian villages continue to threaten Palestinian human rights, and Israel’s separation barrier (much of it built on confiscated Palestinian land) continues to separate Palestinian communities from each other and from ordinary Israelis and Palestinians seeking to come together for peace. CPT delegation members will gain a perspective on how these issues affect daily life, and will experience the power of Palestinian and Israeli citizens overcoming what seem to many to be permanent obstacles.

Delegates will meet with Palestinian and Israeli human rights representatives and peace workers in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. They will visit Palestinian families persisting in their homes and livelihoods that are under threat from expanding Israeli settlements. They will travel to the city of Al Khalil (Hebron) and the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills and experience firsthand CPT’s work alongside Israeli and Palestinian partners. They will challenge the structural violence of the Occupation through nonviolent public witness.

Additional opportunities to witness, support and participate in active peacemaking include delegations to First Nations territory (Northwestern Ontario) and Iraqi Kurdistan. A list of dates and locations, post-delegation reports and other information are available through CPT’s delegations page. Inquiries may be emailed to the Delegations Coordinator at delegations@cpt.org.

Dates for delegations in 2013 will be announced soon on CPTnet