Non-violence

Non-violence is one the six principles of the Green Party of Canada.  In short, it means “Peace through cooperation, not intimidation”.  Shorter still: “Killing people is wrong”.

We declare our commitment to nonviolence and strive for a culture of peace and cooperation between states, inside societies and between individuals, as the basis of global security.

We believe that security should not rest mainly on military strength but on cooperation, sound economic and social development, environmental safety, and respect for human rights.

This requires

  • a comprehensive concept of global security, which gives priority to social, economic, ecological, psychological and cultural aspects of conflict, instead of a concept based primarily on military balances of power
  • a global security system capable of the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts
  • removing the causes of war by understanding and respecting other cultures, eradicating racism, promoting freedom and democracy, and ending global poverty
  • pursuing general and complete disarmament including international agreements to ensure a complete and definitive ban of nuclear, biological and chemical arms, anti-personnel mines and depleted uranium weapons
  • strengthening the United Nations (UN) as the global organisation of conflict management and peacekeeping
  • pursuing a rigorous code of conduct on arms exports to countries where human rights are being violated.

One response to “Non-violence”

  1. Civi Jacobsen writes:

    Well said — I would extend this to suggest that global security and avoidance of conflict also rests on promoting sustainable and secure access to the knowledge, skills and resource to maintain food and water systems.

    Solve the food and water problem and a great deal of conflict is prevented.

    This doesn’t yet address the issue of conflict caused due to resource gluttony especially oil, but it is an important start.

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