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...
Monim Eljak, The Guardian, December 11, 2014
A ceremony in Addis Ababa unveiling a new political agreement, known as the Sudan Call, may be a turning point in Sudan's pursuit of democracy. The call unites the core of a formerly fragmented political and armed opposition for the first time, calling for a peaceful and popular democratic transformation. “We... have come together and pledged to work to dismantle the one-party state regime and replace it with a state founded on equal citizenship,” it declares. The signatories maintain it is the Sudanese people - in particular members of the youth movement who took to the streets in September 2013 - who are key to the country’s development. The formation of groups such as Girifna,Change Now and the Al Khalas Initiative signals wider engagement in political activism in Sudan.
Yael Marom, +972, December 10, 2014
The recent death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, who died during a protest marking International Human Rights Day has highlighted the Palestinian resistance movement and Israel's response. Issa Amro, one of the leaders of Youth Against Settlements, an organization that practices nonviolent resistance in Hebron, explained the need for nonviolent resistance: “[Israeli armed forces] don’t want this type of struggle because if there is a nonviolent movement it will weaken the occupation. They say the occupation is there for security, but if the struggle is nonviolent then they can no longer justify the occupation.”
Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic, December 12, 2014
Few Hong Kongers see themselves as Chinese. And that’s bad news for Beijing. In tactical terms, the Hong Kong protests’ conclusion is a clear victory for the Chinese government. Student leaders — including the precocious 17-year-old Joshua Wong, who appeared on the cover of Time — wanted universal suffrage and the territory’s chief executive to resign, yet they got nothing. But as Hong Kong residents identify less and less with China, Beijing has a more serious problem on its hands: The territory’s younger generations, epitomized by the bespectacled Wong, supported the protesters the most. “These kids are never going to cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party,” said Trey Menefee, a lecturer at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Robert Mackey, NY Times, December 11, 2014
The Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, detained in Tehran in 2009, has released previously unseen footage he recorded during the first deadly clashes between Green Movement protesters and security forces. He was filming as some of the protesters tried to storm a base of Basij militiamen, who had been firing tear gas and warning shots -- and then began “shooting indiscriminately into the crowd.” Opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi said later that the men who instigated the violence by attacking the base were agitators from a banned Iranian exile group. “I think that moment really played into the hands of the government,” Mr. Bahari said. The large and completely peaceful protest that came before the violence that day, he said, was far more threatening to the authorities.
Global Voices, December 12, 2014
As the Hong Kong police removed the last scrap of tarp from the site of the 75-day massive sit-in protest at Admiralty, protesters vowed, “We'll be back!” At Occupy Central, protesters faced violent attacks from thugs and aggressive police fearlessly, and they started to see that they had to leave the streets and develop other battlefields to push for genuine democratic reform in Hong Kong. New strategies such as symbolic resistance, civic-disobedience, grassroots elections, monitoring police violence and by-elections might make up the new battlegrounds for pro-democracy protesters who have left the streets.
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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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