Saturday, January 17, 2009

Peace Brigades International

Peace Brigades International also uses tactics of accompanying people at risk, positioning themselves in front of soldiers, and witnessing violence.

PBI volunteers come from United States, many European countries, Australia, Japan, and many other countries. They must be strongly committed to non-violence, and fluent in local languages.

PBI was founded in 1981 and has had projects in the Balkans, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Canada, and the USA. They have current projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Nepal, and Mexico.

See a good Wikipedia article.

2 comments:

PBI said...

Hi there,
Glad to see that you're interested in Peace Brigades International (PBI), but your description is not very accurate. We don't stand in front of tanks. Please see PBI's website for more information.
Best wishes
PBI

Devin said...

Hello PBI,
I'm very pleased that you found the Peace Thinking website. Thanks very much for the correction.

I consider Peace Brigades International to be a premier model of how the international community should be confronting violence.

I would be very interested in your views about the central questions of this website:

Can non-violent strategies be adopted by national and international governing bodies to replace warfare?

Can a world governing body such as the United Nations enforce a ban on warfare using nonviolent strategies?

Will it be necessary to have an international military or armed police force to use in situations where non-violent methods are too slow or not practical?

If people are interested in furthering the objective of an international ban on warfare, what organizations should they join?
January 19, 2009 8:59 AM