“Transforming the world’s response to conflict”
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is an international NGO established in 2002. NP in partnership with local groups applies proven non-violent strategies to protect human rights, deter violence and help create space for local peacemakers and human rights’ defenders to carry out their work.
The NP “Voices for Peace” picture shows the Nonviolent Peaceforce Unarmed Civilian Peacekeepers visiting an Internally Displaced Person camp in Mindanao, Philippines.
The mission of Nonviolent Peaceforce is to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. It is at the request of local leaders and civil society activists, that NP trained professional peacekeepers live and work in effected communities to create a space in which members of opposing communities can begin to reconstruct dialogue. While NP also works to encourage communities to and reinvest trust in pre-existing civic and political institutions.
Because of their status as nonpartisan internationals, NP peacekeepers are called upon to provide protection to those deemed at risk of violence and human rights abuses. Recognising that successful negotiation is not a guarantor of peace, but rather the hallmark of a shift in attitudes, NP aims to facilitate the transition from conflict to peace by providing conflict-affected communities with the tools to bring about their own peaceful reconciliation.
NP help build the confidence and safety of civilians deeply affected by conflict so they can access available structures and mechanisms for addressing problems and grievances. Internationally, NP raises awareness towards UN, EU and its member states on the productive role of community empowerment and conflict reduction.