Anti-war organizations

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To have lasting peace in the world, the main scourge to fight is war. Prem Rawat's "peace is possible" statement therefore rests on a total absence of war, whether civil or between two or more countries. In order to reduce the war, but above all to promote peace, many anti-war organizations like the Prem Rawat Foundation have been created.

These national or international organizations fight against any type of conflict through pacifist actions such as speaking out, negotiations or education.

Christian Peacemakers Teams

CPT was created in 1984 by brothers, Quakers and Mennonites. They called on Christians to devote the same discipline and the same self-sacrifice to the restoration of peace as armies to war. Christian Peacemaker Teams is one of the most experienced players in the field of third party nonviolent intervention and one of its peculiarities is that it is of religious origin. One of the strengths of this organization is its very clear definition of the qualities and skills necessary to exercise peace work within it.

Most of the skills highlighted are the same as in other organizations and in the textbooks, but CPT is more specific with regard to individual and group development needs in the context of an activity in conflict zones. It highlights some often overlooked aspects such as physical fitness and the need for workers to actively participate in their own intellectual and spiritual development while working in the field.

International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Formed officially in 2007 in Vienna, on the sidelines of an international conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) is a global coalition of several hundred NGO aiming to mobilize the citizens of all countries to inspire, persuade and put pressure on their governments in order to launch and support negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

The South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, the jazz musician Herbie Hancock and the Dalai Lama are among those who support the organization, whose headquarters are located in the buildings of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, near the UN. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons intends to "mobilize citizens to put pressure on their governments to start negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons".

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP)

Created during the Hague Call for Peace in 1999 and officially born in 2002 during the constituent assembly of Surajkund, in India, the international NGO "Nonviolent Peaceforce" implements, in partnership with local actors, non-violent strategies to create an area of peace, thereby protecting human rights and stemming violence.

It then allows local groups, committed in this direction, to fight in a non-violent way, to start a dialogue and to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict. Registered in Belgium as an international non-profit organization, Nonviolent Peaceforce is supported by 94 member organizations from 44 different countries, including 18 in Europe. They participate in the selection, training, fundraising and active promotion of non-violence. They also ensure the development of NP in their region.