ICO engages with groups, civil society and states through five key streams of activity, 1. Research & Knowledge sharing, 2. Facilitating Dialogue, 3. Policy advocacy 4. Supporting Capacity Building initiatives and 5. Enabling private sector solutions in the aim to achieve a more peace and inclusive world.
“ICO is an independent, neutral and international NGO dedicated to the protection of human rights. ICO is a voice for voiceless and advocates for economic, social, political and cultural rights, and provides a platform to create an environment of cross-community cooperation and respect in their community
ICO seeks to empower communities, by giving them tools so that they may autonomously develop their skills and ideas and use peaceful channels to set out their self-development goals for their legitimate rights as they are guaranteed by the international humanitarian law and the human rights conventions.
ICO is composed of automatic members and associate members. Automatic members are countries that have signed and ratified the ICESCR and the ICCPR. Contact us and become part of the ICO as an individual member or organisation!
Intra-state conflict has seen a resurgence since the end of the Cold war, leading to the deaths of over 25 million people globally and the displacement of many more. Internal conflicts have catastrophic consequences socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. The reasons behind these conflicts are even more complex than their impact. Research in the field of Peace & Conflict demonstrate however that by offering resources and peaceful channels, negotiation, mediation, advocacy can lead to compromises that diminish the recourse to violence. ICO aims to give a platform to aggrieved parties, inspiring communities to take charge of their own futures and empowering them to do so peacefully. By representing oppressed minorities, those who feel their country has failed to represent them, we hope their voices can lead to change. Together, international organisations, national governments, civil society organisations and ordinary people alike, we reduce the devasting impact of conflict for the sake of future generations.
James Holmes, ICO Secretary General
1. Urban Renewal in East Jerusalem Would Help Thousands of Palestinians, Gershon Baskin, 19th January 2022
2. East Jerusalem Needs Urban Renewal, Gershon Baskin, 22nd December 2021
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