Nonviolent conflict is a way for people to fight for rights, freedom, justice, self-determination, and accountable government, through the use of civil resistance - including tactics such as strikes, boycotts, protests, and civil disobedience. Learn more...
Mary Elizabeth King, National Catholic Reporter, November 12, 2014
In the decades since the death of Mohandas Gandhi and his student and successor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the understanding of how civil resistance can be effective has expanded. The social science of nonviolent action has deepened, showing that while violent campaigns have achieved their goals in about 1/4 of all cases, civil resistance has succeeded in more than half of all such campaigns. End the cooperation of those who are oppressed, and oppressors cannot last, as Gandhi had discerned by 1905. The ways to do this multiply with every new struggle, and the knowledge of how to apply nonviolent tactics is expanding exponentially.
NY Times, November 12, 2014
President Xi Jinping, in a news conference, made comments warning foreign news organizations that their troubles are self-inflicted; they are being penalized for news coverage and could correct the problem by changing that approach. The New York Times responded to these remarks: “The Times has no intention of altering its coverage to meet the demands of any government — be it that of China, the US or any other nation. Nor would any credible news organization…Mr. Xi claimed that China protects the rights of media organizations. Demanding that journalists tailor their coverage to suit the state only protects the powerful and those with something to hide.”
Ian Rowen, The Guardian, November 12, 2014
More cosmopolitan, inclusive, and networked than previous social movements in the region, the umbrella revolution is arguably “the first ever genuine movement for freedom on Chinese soil,” as a visitor from Beijing put it to me last week. Although the numbers of people protesting in Hong Kong may fluctuate or dwindle, the occupation is still unlikely to be cleared without force or a significant concession from the government. The occupation cannot last forever. But neither can a regime ignore the demands of a population that has demonstrated its capability to carry out a sustained campaign of civil disobedience.
Francisco Goldman, The New Yorker, November 12, 2014
On Friday, Mexico’s Attorney General announced that the 43 missing students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School had been executed and incinerated in a municipal dump. He ended by saying, “Ya me cansé,” — “I’m finally tired” or, more colloquially, “I’ve had enough.” By the end of that night, #YaMeCansé was spreading on social networks, summoning people to a march in Mexico City: #YaMeCanséDelMiedo - I’ve had enough fear. All over the country, municipal police forces are corrupted by organized crime or forced into “comply or die” subservience. That reality leaves communities exposed to organized crime. According to Human Rights Watch, the state police and federal army units in Iguala had failed to protect the students, despite the fact that activists had alerted the state government.
Marko Kovacevic, MUNPlanet, November 14, 2014
“It might be correct to say that civil resistance is used by the side that is seemingly weaker than the opponent it challenges. But this weakness is defined purely in a material sense. However, the power of civil resistance does not come from material resources as much as it comes from people’s participation, the skills of those who join the movement and their tactical and strategic ingenuity. This is represented by a shrewd understanding of the battlefield that, in turn, informs the choice and deployment of appropriate methods of nonviolent action.”
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WEBINAR - Dynamics and Factors of Transition from Violence to Nonviolent Resistance
Véronique Dudouet, Senior Researcher and Program Director, the Berghof Foundation
Based on a newly-published edited book Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation. Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggles, this webinar will provide some insights on the interplay between civil resistance, armed insurgency and conflict transformation. Particular focus will be placed on the phenomenon of armed groups shifting their conflict-waging strategies from violent to nonviolent means, especially in contexts which cannot be resolved by force but are also 'unripe' for conventional de-escalation methods such as negotiation and political integration. Relying on evidence from such various settings as South Africa, Palestine, Western Sahara, West Papua, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Egypt, the webinar talk will review the dynamics of organizational and strategic shifts from armed to unarmed conflict.
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