Wielding Nonviolence in the Midst of Violence

Case Studies of Good Practices in Unarmed Civilian Protection

By Ellen Furnari (Editor), Institute for Peace Work and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation

Unarmed civilian peacekeeping or protection (UCP) is a generic term that gives recognition to a wide range of activities by unarmed civilians to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict. There are many non-governmental as well as governmental organisations that engage in UCP, using a variety of methods and approaches.

This study examines UCP in four conflict-affected regions: Colombia, Mindanao (Philippines), Palestine/Israel, and South Sudan. It focuses on what is emerging as good practice in these varied contexts and whether any commonalities can inform the expanded use of UCP.

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