On the 2nd of October we celebrated the International Day of Nonviolence, coinciding with the anniversary of the birth of one its greatest driving forces: Mahatma Gandhi.
In 2009, exactly 7 years ago, all the organisms of the Humanist Movement (including the International Humanist Party) participated in the first planetary march in human history. And in a sign of the new times the march was called “The World March for Peace and Nonviolence”.
Over 93 days it travelled through more than 100 countries in all continents starting from New Zealand at a monument to Gandhi arriving on the 2nd of January 2010 at the Park of Study and Reflection, Punta de Vacas, in the province of Mendoza, Argentina.
Active nonviolence is a strategy for social struggle adopted by New Humanism, the current of thought from where the Humanist Party comes. This methodology of action, consists of the systematic denunciation of all forms of violence exercised by the system. It is also a tactic applied to specific situations in which any form of discrimination may be found to exist.
In a world where an increasingly diverse and sophisticated violence is being developed by the powerful, active nonviolence appears as the appropriate and necessary tool of the oppressed for the people to elaborate a project of social and personal liberation.
Active nonviolence is opposed to any form of revenge or vengeance. It includes among its tactics, public denunciation, non-collaboration, civil disobedience, the right to self-defence and just resistance.
The International Humanist Party considers people’s suffering to be something produced by economic violence and points at economic and financial monopolies as factors of dependence and unintelligence in the productive forces of every country.
By our actions we make every efforts to eradicate every vestige of violence in the world, we want to overcome it completely and we seek to adopt every method and way of resolving opposition and conflicts on the rails of active nonviolence.
As a sign of human evolution, as a sign of the new searches, as a sign of the best in human beings, nonviolence will transform the world.
5th October 2016
World Coordination Team – International Humanist Party