Jul 11, 2023

Harmony in Action: Crafting a New Nonviolence training module for Peaceful Change

The Unrepresented People and Nations Organization is glad to announce that it is working on the development of a new training module on Non-violence.


Non-violence is one of the core principles of UNPO and it aims to end injustice without the use of violence. As the world more often relies on violence, conflicts, and causing pain to others, we would like to share with you different Non-violent tactics that can have the same results without causing any more harm. Some of the tactics that will be touched upon are in the field of Non-violent communication, conflict resolution, non-cooperation, and resistance. 


A brief explanation of these methods: 

  • Non-violent communication is used to resolve issues by talking and understanding the needs of both parties through the use of empathy and taking into consideration each other's feelings.

  • Non-violent conflict resolution and mediation take into consideration more serious issues between different parties and try to escalate the situation and find a middle ground of acceptance without the use of violence.

  • Non-violent cooperation can include civil disobedience and social pressure and it is oftentimes a tactic that brings attention to particular issues.

  • Non-violent resistance is once again a form of civil disobedience such as protests and marches on issues where the government is usually involved and where the society is strongly demanding changes.

These are not something new and they have been used before such as the Non-violent non-cooperation movement in the 1920s guided by Gandhi. Gandhi's movement gained global popularity and brought together different parts of the Indian society to gain their independence from the British. This movement inspired many other generations of activists to rely on non-violence, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and James Lawson. Their movements of non-violent civil disobedience and marches brought attention to justice and acts of racial discrimination. 


Another inspiring story and the use of Non-violent resistance involves the Tibetan Buddhists who are one of the founding members of UNPO, and they have been experiencing suppression by the Chinese Government. Tibetans even if heavily and violently oppressed, they have a deep belief in pacifism and continue to approach their struggles with Non-violence. They hold their approach to Non-violence through activities in international diplomatic campaigns and non-violent resistance related to their struggle for independence from the People’s Republic of China. Tibetans' successful resilience with Non-violent resistance is of inspiration for other UNPO members to achieve their goals.


UNPO is striving to help and inspire its members to achieve and pursue their goals through Non- violent methods. Violence and war seem more often necessary to pursue changes in society but we want to re-direct the attention to other methods that will not cause harm and will help achieve the same goals. Non-violent tactics can have the same results as violent ones, although they require much more discipline, patience, and courage, and they can set the stone for powerful and inspiring stories.