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...
Paulo Casaca, Minivan News, March 30, 2015
Europeans flock to the beautiful islands of the Maldives on holiday but are unaware of the constitutional turmoil, the danger posed by extremists, the politicized judiciary, and the erosion of rights. The dysfunctional state of democracy became blatantly evident in the sentencing of former president Mohamed Nasheed through what can only be described as a “show trial.” The fact that judges presiding over the trial had acted as prosecution witnesses says it all. If democracy wants to have a chance in the Maldives, the international community must help pro-democratic forces. A decade after the first wave of sanctions, the EU especially has to consider imposing them again.
Madalena Araujo, CNN, March 30, 2015
Captive Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has sent a stark message to President Putin as she awaits trial in a Moscow jail. In a letter, she said: "If Putin wants to defeat Ukraine…try to defeat me first!" Savchenko undertook a hunger strike for 83 days to protest her detention despite pleas from her family and her lawyers. She recently abandoned her fast after nearing death but has since resumed it, only drinking broth and milk occasionally to stay alive. As Savchenko continues her hunger strike, is she willing to ultimately die in detention? "To die?! That's not our methods!!!;) I'll think of something better!" she said.
Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito, openDemocracy, March 30, 2015
Among the manifestations of opinion, humor and satire are the freest and often the most forceful. Humor can also be a thermometer for democracy, as Rafael Correa’s administration has demonstrated. His increasing intolerance for satire has accompanied the erosion of civil liberties. It should come as no surprise that the government decided to delay the hearing against the cartoonist Bonil when #JeSuisCharlie became a global sensation. The Bonil case provides an important reminder that threats against satire and freedom of expression do not only come in the form of violence.
Nay Elrahi, The Guardian, March 30, 2015
Tunisia’s rural women, with support from local and international organizations, are trying to bring their ideas to the country’s decision-makers. Many women in rural Tunisia face long trips to access essential services, which are usually located in urban centres. But it’s not just better roads and health systems these women want. They want to improve women’s rights at the national level and bring female leaders into politics. Tired of grievances going unnoticed, women work on the Amal programme, which aims to increase rural women’s and girls’ awareness of their rights.
Dane Erickson, The American Interest, March 26, 2015
A significant era of protests has unfolded in the past few years in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some have called this the “Black Spring” or “Sub-Saharan Spring,” but these terms are misleading because the protests are of a vastly different context and nature than the Arab Spring. For example, they are not revolutionary and they do not topple regimes. Instead, recent protests in Sub-Saharan Africa aim to safeguard democratic systems against regimes attempting to cling to power. With twelve general and presidential elections scheduled in 2015 throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, this trend — call it the “Rise of the African Street” — will likely play a role in political outcomes.
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WEBINAR - Re-thinking Civil Resistance: How to Challenge Power and Build a Democratic Society
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The concept of civil resistance presumes the notion of a large-scale struggle as a means to initiate a sustained political change. But the typical actions by which civil resistance has been practiced in recent years, most notably in the Arab Spring, have been aimed at power at the top, an approach that ignores a key principle of nonviolent action-that power resides in the masses. Meaningful change requires a longer-term approach directed at changing the mind-sets of the masses of people and at changing institutions, not necessarily the officials in those institutions. In the end, it is a continued development of new understandings of power, wielded from the bottom up, developed democratically, practiced over time, understood by many, that will change an oppressive culture.
APPLY NOW - ICNC RESEARCH MONOGRAPH SERIES
2015 Call for Applications
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) announces its second Research Monographs Awards series. The goal of the award is to advance research and study in the field of civil resistance. In particular the award is intended to support work that enhances the strategic practice of civil resistance, improves understanding of civil resistance by members of the international community, and develops robust conceptual frameworks for understanding the nature, dynamics, power and impact of civil resistance movements.
In 2015, up to two awards, each worth $5,000, will be offered to scholars, educators, or practitioners who have substantial knowledge of the literature of the field of civil resistance on an open, merit, and competitive basis to write monographs on under-researched or under-published topics relevant to the field of civil resistance studies. The authors will be expected to deliver their draft monographs within 6 months after the awards are announced and the work is commissioned (once the appropriate documents are signed by all parties).
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