1972 Environmental Imperatives

FOR calls for an “ecological imperative” at its Dai Dong (Chinese for “A world of great togetherness”) conference in Stockholm and for a mass environmental movement.

1983 Opposing Apartheid

IFOR field workers Anita Kromberg and Richard Steele begin a decade of work for a free democratic South Africa. They worked opposing apartheid, conducted nonviolent trainings, supported efforts to free Nelson Mandela and to lift the ban on the African National Congress. IFOR branches around the world engage in solidarity campaigns to end Apartheid.

1986 “People Power” in the Philippines

In February, His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila, calls on people to protect the soldiers who broke away from the ruling dictator, millions of people in the Philippines gather at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue to block the route of the dictator's soldiers and guard important communications facilities. Mass actions and protests all over the country led to the downfall of the dictator. This eventually was referred to as “People Power.”

1996-1997 Peace Negotiations in Chad

IFOR branch in Chad, the Tchadian Non-Violence Association in collaboration with other Tchadian human rights groups, initiated negotiations between the rebels of the Forces Armées pour la République Fédérale (FARF) and government forces aimed at ending the conflict between the two parties. A peace agreement signed on 18 April did not last as government forces started attacking FARF forces based in Moundou on 30 October 1997 (ibid.).

The civilian population, members of human rights organizations and journalists also became targets of government repression. Among those “arrested, tortured and deported” were the daughters of Beasso'umda Juhen, the president of Tchadian Non-Violence Association, and Mougnan Ngaba, its Secretary-General

1976 UN Human Rights Commission

FOR India’s ARUNODAYAM which started publication from 1953 was not allowed continue because of the Emergency declared by the Government.

Founding member of SERPAJ, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel initiates an international campaign aimed at persuading the United Nations to establish a Human Rights Commission, at this comission a document was drawn up recording breaches of human rights violations in Latin America.

1984 Nonviolence in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Fr. Jose C. Blanco, SJ, founded Aksyon para sa Kapayapaan (Action for Peace) and the Center for Active Non-Violence (CANV) after being inspired by visits from Hildegard Goss Mayr and Jean Goss. Through its Formation-Information-Transformation (FIT) AKKAPKA-CANV conducts seminars all over the Philippines. Richards Deats of FOR USA visits the Philippines to encourage and support further trainings on nonviolence.

1990's Nonviolence in Palestine & Israel

Palestinians from within Israel and from the West Bank joined Israeli allies to create “Palestinians and Israelis for Nonviolence” and tried together to encourage the ideas and methods of nonviolence to end the Occupation and transform the conflict.

1997 Women's Peacemakers Program

Following decades of activism by women in IFOR (particularly in India) that called attention to violence against women and the way war impacts the lives of women the Women Peacemakers Program was established to systematically support and empower women's nonviolent activism by highlighting women's experiences of conflict and women’s contributions to peace building.