International Nonviolent Intervention

Civilian Peacekeeping / Unarmed Civilian Protection

2014 the BSV has started a campaign to promote Civilian Peacekeeping as an alterantive to military-based protection of civilians in war. Our work has been guided by the spearheading efforts of the INGO Nonviolent Peaceforce which we co-founded among many other international NGOs.


The BSV supports the campaign "Stop the Circle of Violence" in Turkey, and is member of the international working group on Turkey consisting of members of War Resisters' International, Fellowship of Reconciliation Austria, Connection e.V: and the BSV.


The BSV supports a citizens' rights organization in Belarus, Nash Dom (Our House).  Their (Bela-)Russian website can be reached here. They have an English website:

Nonviolent Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia

The BSV has been much enganged seeking to intervene nonviolently into the conflicts around the break-up of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Besides offering nonviolence trainings to activists and helping to set up a fax and later email network it co-founded the international Balkan Peace Team.

Balkan Peace Team

The volunteer project Balkan Peace Team (BPT) was founded in 1993 by European nonviolence and anti-war activists in response to invitations by NGOs and individuals from Croatia and Kosovo. The Croatian activists before had invited Peace Brigades International (pbi) but their assessment of the situation did not lead to pbi taking up Croatia as a project. The initiative for BPT came from War Resisters’ International and the Federation for Social Defence, who then brought together a platform of mainly European-based peace organisations, among them the International Fellowship of Reconciliation,...Weiterlesen

Watch and read: Struggle for Human Rights: The Nonviolent Protest in Belarus

Olga Karatch
The situation in Belarus continues to deteriorate. The repression is massive, on some days over 1,000 protesters were arrested and mistreated in custody. Women are raped, activists disappear. In mid-November, it became known that a protester had apparently been beaten to death by Belarusian security forces. Nevertheless, the courage and activities of the Belarusian protest movement seem unbroken. The non-violent protests against President Alexander Lukashenko and the demands for new elections are not getting any quieter. However, the deliberately non-violent character of these protests has so...Weiterlesen

Protection from Afar. How to Support People in Turkey and Visitors to Turkey in Cases of Persecution and Arbitrary Arrest

Arbitrary arrests are part of everyday life in Turkey, especially since the attempted coup in the summer of2016. Turkish citizens and people with Turkish roots are particularly affected, and to a much lesser extent internationals. Common to all these cases are vague accusations such as support for terrorism or membership in terrorist organizations. How can persecuted people in Turkey be protected from a distance - i.e. from outside Turkey - and what should be done in the event of arrest? Is a public outcry of indignation in any case the right way? The brochure is addressed to people and...Weiterlesen

Jetzt: Spenden für Belarus

Proteste, 30.08.2020. Minsk, Belarus (Weißrussland)
"Die Ereignisse in Belarus lassen uns nicht kalt. Seit 15 Jahren unterstützt der BSV die Menschenrechtsverteidiger von Unser Haus in Belarus. Wir können und wollen nicht untätig bleiben, während unsere Freund*innen bedroht, verhaftet und gefoltert werden." Der Erfolg der Revolution ist noch nicht sicher! Am gestrigen Sonntag hat die Opposition in Belarus einen gewaltigen Sieg davon getragen. Eine halbe Million Belaruss*innen demonstrierte friedlich gegen Polizeigewalt und Wahlbetrug, etwa hundertmal mehr Menschen als Lukaschenko für seine eigene “Massenveranstaltung” am morgen mobilisieren...Weiterlesen