OTPIC Officially Retired

As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.

The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.

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Protective Accompaniment/Observers

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One form of external intervention are international observers who can observe elections and/or provide protective accompaniment for  people who are likely victims of human rights abuses.  Often human rights violations can be limited, just by focusing international attention on the problem.  If likely targets are accompanied by people from other countries who will witness and report on any threats or attacks that occur, the attacker is likely to refrain from such actions.  While they may simply turn to another target, if enough observers are present in the community and/or nation, it becomes difficult to hide from outside scrutiny and condemnation if  human rights abuses continue to occur.  More information about how this works is given in the examples below.

Links to Information about Protective Accompaniment and Election Observers

Patrick Coy -- Going Where We Otherwise Would Not Have Gone: Accompaniment and Election Monitoring in Sri Lanka
Coy is a member of Peace Brigades International which has provided accompaniment and election monitoring around the world.  This is a summary about his experiences.
Aspen Institute--Conflict Prevention: Strategies to Sustain Peace in the Post-Cold War World
This article discusses the use of foreign observers to facilitate the transition to majority rule in South Africa.
Links to Information about UN Election Assistance
This is an outside link.

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Human Rights Abuses

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