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The six principles of nonviolence are the fundamental principles of Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy of nonviolence as presented in the chapter “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence” published in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The following is a video series in which Dr. Bernard Lafayette expands on their meaning and application.

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Organization logo: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)

The mission of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments.

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Frontline, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (KtK) and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) produced this book primarily for women human rights defenders, in the hope that they will take away from it practical perspectives about the threats they face and a range of useful ideas about security strategies from around the world.

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Organization logo: Metta Center for Nonviolence

The Metta Center aims to promote the transition to a nonviolent future by making the logic, history and yet-unexplored potential of nonviolence more accessible to activists and agents of cultural change (which ultimately includes all of us). They help people in any walk of life discover their innate capacity for nonviolence and use it more…

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Organization logo: Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)

Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003.

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A Human Rights Defender (HRD) is a person or group that works on the front lines to promote and protect human rights. Because Human Rights Defenders are directly challenging human rights abuses by governments and private parties, their own rights can be endangered. This resource sheet is designed specifically for Human Rights Defenders, providing information about safety and security, emergency assistance for at-risk HRDs, and advocacy tools.

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In this dialogue, practitioners that work with human rights defenders developing security strategies discussed how human rights defenders and organizations can improve their safety and security while working in the field under oppressive conditions and under the watchful eye of states and adversaries. Specifically, the participants discussed and shared tactics, strategies and resources on how human rights defenders can create effective security protocols to protect themselves against physical threats and secure their data in the field or office.

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