About CIPCR International

CIPCR Int LogoThe original idea for CIPCR International came about in late 2010 when a number of like-minded individuals, who had been working separately to resolve conflicts in divided and disparate communities — both in Northern Ireland and other conflict zones across the globe — came together to discuss combining efforts to achieve a more substantial initiative.

We felt that more needed to be done to address the causes of conflict itself in those communities; to provide leadership to those groups who wanted to bring about peace; to help groups move towards a democratic route to resolving conflicts; to share best practice in conflict resolution and peace-building based on our observations of the various groups we had been working with.

We also felt that the so called ‘Mitchell Principles of Democracy and Non-Violence’ that were central to the Northern Ireland Peace Process, could be applied in full or in part to other conflicts.


To reach an agreed political settlement and to take the gun out of Irish politics, there must be commitment and adherence to fundamental principles of democracy and non-violence. Participants in all-party negotiations should affirm their commitment to such principles.

Accordingly, we recommend that the parties to such negotiations affirm their total and absolute commitment:

a. To democratic and exclusively peaceful means of resolving political issues;

b. To the total disarmament of all paramilitary organisations;

c. To agree that such disarmament must be verifiable to the satisfaction of an independent commission;

d. To renounce for themselves, and to oppose any effort by others, to use force, or threaten to use force, to influence the course or the outcome of all-party negotiations;

e. To agree to abide by the terms of any agreement reached in all-party negotiations and to resort to democratic and exclusively peaceful methods in trying to alter any aspect of that outcome with which they may disagree; and,

f. To urge that “punishment” killings and beatings stop and to take effective steps to prevent such actions.