Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan

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Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan "is a political activist, writer, and educator. Since refusing military conscription in 1971 during the close of the US War on Indochina, he has maintained a vocation to promote pragmatic nonviolent alternatives to address human problems. Since May 2005 he has served as the International Campaign to Ban Landmines [ICBL] Global Thematic Editor and movement focal point for Unrecognized States, Defacto Self-Governing Territories and Non-State armed groups. He is responsible for coordinating the ICBL's global research network regarding conflict and landmine use, and informing the Nobel Peace laureate movement's policy in this area. Outside his work with the ICBL, he is a board member of the Small Arms Survey, a project of the Institute for Higher Studies in Geneva, to which he was appointed in recognition of his expertise and innovative research on the issue of armed violence. He has also been appointed as an advisor to the Royal Thai Government's Mine Action Center, the body of the Thai government which fulfills its obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty. He has lived and worked in Thailand for the past 15 years, during which he served as the Southeast Asia representative for the NGO Nonviolence International for more than a decade. Yeshua focuses on the importance of helping people think strategically in order to apply nonviolent methods to resolve their problems. He has co-authored two reports analyzing widely used methods of nonviolent struggle (published by Nonviolence International). He is recognized as a global expert in the field of Nonviolent Third Party Intervention, and edited a book on the topic which was published by the University of Hawai'I Press. He has designed programs to introduce nonviolence methodology to groups as diverse as high school students to representatives of the United Nations Secretary Generals office. Yeshua's ethical perception is Western Buddhist, and defines his political outlook as 'traditional anarchist'. His wife, Anitra Puangsuwan is Thai-Chinese and a professional literary translator." [1]

In 2005 "Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan, the Southeast Asian coordinator for the group Nonviolence International, was turned away from Changi Airport and sent back to Thailand when he tried to enter Singapore on Friday." [2]

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  1. Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan, Public Radio Exchange, accessed July 8, 2007.
  2. Annon, "Singapore bans US activist for political interference", Forbes, May 16, 2005.