News 03/11/2023

We organize the first edition of the international summit “The Nonviolence Factory” in Barcelona

The main organizations dedicated to the defense of Human Rights, Peace, and Democracy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region will come together in Barcelona from November 6th to 8th as part of the inaugural "The Nonviolence Factory" summit.

This summit aims to serve as an international reference point for training and the exchange of best practices, with the goal of generating a more effective nonviolent response to the growing authoritarian wave in the region and supporting social movements that take action to transform the future. 

On Monday, November 6th, the Novact Institute of Nonviolence, in collaboration with Suds and Irídia, will launch “The Nonviolence Factory,” the first international school for activists, with a focus on promoting strategies to confront authoritarianism and defend human rights, peace, and democracy in the Euro-Mediterranean region. 

This first edition will take place from November 6th to 8th, bringing together over 80 representatives from organizations in Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine, Western Sahara, Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Italy, France, Belgium, Romania, and Turkey to receive training in civil resistance and the promotion of human rights. 

The summit will be held against the backdrop of the ongoing escalation of violence in Palestine and Israel. In this context, “The Nonviolence Factory” aspires to become a reference point for presenting alternatives based on the defense of democratic values, nonviolence, respect for all lives, and the protection of Human Rights. Not only in Gaza, but the EuroMediterranean region continues to evolve into a hostile environment for freedoms and fundamental rights. We believe it is urgent to reflect on how to confront this authoritarianism. 

The Nonviolence Factory will host organizations such as Euromed Rights, the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights (Nobel Peace Prize winners), Addameer, The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (Palestine), Alhaq (Palestine), 7amleh (Palestine), and Sahrawi activist Aminetou Haidar, among others. 

During these three days, we will organize many workshops on climate justice, defense of rights under occupation and police control, legal advice for human rights defenders, peacebuilding, and nonviolent resistance, among others. Different spaces for dialogue between organizations and human rights defenders will also be provided to strengthen their struggles and establish alliances.