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A recent study, described in CPNN, finds that nonviolent resistance, including mass protest marches, are more effective than violent resistance in both the short term and the long term. The analysis, stemming from a research project on Nonviolent Resistance and Democratic Consolidation, is based on 101 democratic transitions that occurred within the time period of 1945 to 2006. Using data from the Varieties of Democracy Database the researchers analyze improvements for civil society organizations (CSOs, i.e. interest groups, labor unions, religious organizations, social movements, and classic NGOs) after democratic transitions. They compare cases where democratization was induced by an NVR campaign (like Poland and Benin) with transition cases that did not feature an NVR campaign (i.e. violent or elite-led transitions). The four aspects of CSOs that were evaluated include: (1) independence from government, (2) freedom from repression, (3) consultation of CSOs for policymaking, and (4) participation in CSOs.
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Recent articles published by CPNN indicate that the state of human rights has gone backwards in recent years. In the face of this retreat, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has urged all people to “push back the violence and hatred which threaten our world.”
Speaking ahead of International Human Rights Day, Zeid warned that “if the growing erosion of the carefully constructed system of human rights and rule of law continues to gather momentum, ultimately everyone will suffer.”
The failure of global leaders to deal with complex social issues like the massive wealth gap, discrimination, and climate change have led to growing numbers of people to turn to “the siren voices exploiting fears, sowing disinformation and division, and making alluring promises they cannot fulfill,” he said, in a nod to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
“Discrimination, yawning economic disparities, and the ruthless desire to gain or maintain power at any cost are the principal drivers of current political and human rights crises,” he said.
One set of articles indicates that the fightback has already begun in the United States.
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CPNN finds ample evidence that the post-election fightback in the USA to defend peace and human rights is underway. It begins at the local level, as it must be if it is to be sustainable. And it is being led by young people and women, as it must be if it is to have the energy to succeed.
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July 25, 2018: USA: A call to resist immigrant concentration camps
February 6, 2018: State Of The City: We’re The Resistance (New Haven, CT, USA)
January 20, 2018: Women’s March protests across America against President Trump
July 20, 2017: USA: Labor Unions Are Stepping Up To Fight Deportations
July 20, 2017: USA: People’s Congress of Resistance
June 15, 2017: USA: A Call to Mobilize the Nation through 2018
February 16, 2017: Restaurants Will Test If The U.S. Can Stomach ‘A Day Without Immigrants’
January 22, 2017: USA: Women’s marches fight back against inauguration of Trump
January 20, 2017: USA: Immigrants Prepped For Raids
December 9, 2016: USA: Inside the Churches That Are Leading New York’s Sanctuary Movement
November 24, 2016: Tabling for peace in the USA: A new sense of urgency
November 24, 2016: Tucson students learn ‘non-violence’ way of life amidst anti-Trump protests
November 21, 2016: US Election: The fightback for human rights is already underway
November 21, 2016: USA: ’Sanctuary city’ mayors pledge to fight Trump’s threats to immigrants
November 20, 2016: USA: ‘Sanctuary campus’ protests demand universities protect immigrants
November 20, 2016: USA: To Counter Trump, Women Are Mobilizing for Massive March on Washington
It seems that there is progress in Myanmar since the release from long imprisonment and election to parliament of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
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September 4, 2016: The Elders welcome Myanmar peace conference
December 13, 2012: Myanmar Invites Nonviolent Peaceforce to Support Peace Processes
August 5, 2012: NGOs in Myanmar for promoting human rights
January 30, 2012: Burma: Suu Kyi confirms run for parliament seat