The Commission Episcopale Justice et Paix (Episcopal Peace and Justice Commission, CEJP) is a specialist structure of the Catholic Church of Chad, founded in 1992. The initiative's vision is to help construct a more peaceful world, based on promoting human dignity by creating a more just and social society human order.
The CEJP works on the national coordination of the local commissions in Chad's 8 dioceses. Each commission works in turn to coordinate the work of several parish comittees. It functions through a national level staff as well as an Administrative Council and a Bishop, who oversee its peace and justice work.
The CEJP has run projects in many areas, including working on :
- Mediation in electoral conflicts in 2011-2012, financed by Counterpart International.
- Working with local elected members in the 10 districts of N'Djamena, financed by Counterpart International.
- Citizen participation in Pala and Doba, financed by Misereor.
- Peacebuilding and peace education, financed by CRS – Tchad.
- Fighting child trafficking, financed by SFACS/ Justice et Paix – CRS.
- FGM, financed by FNUAP.
- Reconciliation processes, financed by Secours Catholique France and the UNPD.
- Conducting research on corruption issues, on a database of conflict in Chad, and on the history of conflict in Eastern Tandjilé. This allowed the establishment of a citizens' group, which in turn set up several local peace and reconciliation committees.
- A peace forum in Moundou.
- A form on natural resource management, in Ati.
- The initiation and discussion of peace themes for prayers in 8 dioceses.
- Publishing posters and t-shirts on peace themes.
The CEJP intends to organise an overarching project with the Kabalaye and Murum communities, as well as working on a forum on secularism and to support the work of decentralised authorities in Chad.