Nonviolence Programme

War Resisters' International Nonviolence Programme

The Nonviolence Programme works sharing resources in nonviolent campaigning and action - such as the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns; coordinates and leads nonviolence training and promotes campaigning on war profiteering - including the publication of War Profiteers' News.

Recent War Profiteers posts

01 Sep 2016
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Ferrovial is a Spanish multinational company, with a broad range of interests - they are involved in the construction of the Gugenheim Museum in Bilbao, the construction of the M3 motorway in Ireland, and manage toll roads across Europe. Ferrovial owns 90% of the company Broadspectrum, which runs Australia's offshore immigration detention centres in Papua New Guinea.

30 Aug 2016
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A coalition of activists in the USA are preparing for protests against Urban Shield, a police training event and trade expo. Urban Shield brings together police departments from across the US and globally for intensive training " to learn how to better repress, criminalize, and militarize our communities." The event has been held annually in Alameda County since 2007, and recieves government funding.

19 Aug 2016
English

Originally published in Le Sentier de la Paix, No 73, June 2016: http://agirpourlapaix.be/wp-content/uploads/SDLP73_V2.pdf

Translated by Lewis Sinkala

Recent Nonviolence Programme related publications

23 Sep 2016
English

On 26 September 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa college in Guerrero, Mexico were attacked by local police, leaving a toll of six dead. A further 43 students disappeared that night, and have not been seen since.

23 Sep 2016
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We are currently crowdfunding for a new website - The Nonviolent Resistance Manual will be an online space for all of WRI's resources in nonviolent resistance and social change. We are aiming to raise £1000, and have some exciting 'perks' (like tshirts, tote bags, books and badges) as a 'thank you' for your support.

23 Sep 2016
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Next month, WRI are hosting four live webinars, on constructive programmes: new worlds in old shells; international solidarity with Syrian nonviolent resistance; countering the militarisation of youth around the world, and stop the cycle of violence: solidarity with Turkish antimilitarists. The webinars are part of our annual Council meeting, this year held online. There will also be our decision-making forums, which all members of WRI affiliates can take part in, as well as observers.

23 Sep 2016
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Starting this month, we have a new member of staff joining us in the WRI office. Sarah Robinson will be with us for a year as part of the Quaker Peaceworker Programme. Welcome to WRI, Sarah! Read Sarah's letter below:

23 Sep 2016
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In Spring 2016 War Resisters' International launched a new campaign focusing on the escalating cycle of violence in Turkey. As part of this campaign, initiated in response to demands from WRI activists in Turkey, we have also launched a petition addressing the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union. The appeal was calling on the EU not to lose sight of the situation in Turkey, and to take action on the escalating violence in the country.

22 Sep 2016
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In Spring 2016 War Resisters' International launched a new campaign focusing on the escalating cycle of violence in Turkey. As part of this campaign, initiated in response to demands from WRI activists in Turkey, we have launched a petition addressing the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union. The appeal was calling on the EU not to lose sight of the situation in Turkey, and to take action on the escalating violence in the country.

19 Sep 2016
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No to Compulsory Military Service Movement supports the Conscientious Objector Kamal El-ghety in his request to be excepted from the compulsory Military Education subject. The universities organization law requires every Egyptian male student to attend a subject on Military Education in order to get his graduation certificate.

Kamal has submitted a written request addressed to Cairo University dean Mr. Gaber Gad Nassar asking him to exclude the former from attending the Military Education subject. The subject contradicts with his pacifist beliefs, and his discomfort with being used as a tool in armed conflicts. The subject promotes for values such as blind disobedience making it a crime to reject any order as well as it discriminates between Egyptians on terms of their gender, according to El-ghety. Forcing El-ghety to attend the subject is a blatant violation of the international law, and article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights in particular that bans any “coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.” Cairo University has rejected El-ghety’s request.

15 Sep 2016
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WRI produces The Broken Rifle magazine three times a year. Recent themes have included: Antimilitarism and climate change; Stopping the war business; The militarisation of borders; Conscientious objection: today and tomorrow, and Queer and antimilitarism.

We're always looking for ideas for subjects to focus on. Feel free to send your ideas to info@wri-irg.org

Read our latest issue below, and sign up to receive the next issue here.

 

 

02 Sep 2016
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We're making plans to build a new website called 'The Nonviolent Resistance Manual'. The new website will host all the content in the Handbook – with lots of new stories and content – to make it more accessible to even more people. The Nonviolent Resistance Manual will be available in several languages, allow users to contribute their own stories, and include new content about constructive forms of social change, like radical housing cooperatives, occupied factories, land reform movements, and community gardens. We're running a crowdfunder to help us raise the funds we need to make this a reality – we're aiming to raise £1,000 in a month.

01 Sep 2016
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Wednelda de Vries

Originally published on the 'Explosive Stuff' blog. The original article can be found here: http://stopwapenhandel.org/node/1955

30 Aug 2016
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Activists and organisers from the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Campaign in South Africa have announced an end to the two year long #BoycottWoolworths campaign. The #BoycottWoolworths campaign was launched in August 2014 by a wide cross section of groups, and called for the complete boycott of Woolworths due to its Israeli trade relations. The organisers believe the campaign has achieved several goals, and have announced the end of the blanket boycott of Woolworths to broaden the campaign to now target all Israeli products in any store in South Africa.