Afghan Peace Volunteers Charter

June 6, 2017

Afghan Peace Volunteers Charter

Mission: The Afghan Peace Volunteers seek to nurture nonviolent relationships and alternative ways to build a green and equal world without war.

Nonviolence is a value and a way of living, relating and acting which refrains from and abolishes all forms of violence against Nature and fellow human beings. It involves taking positive constructive actions which build concrete viable alternatives to violence in all areas of life, thus building a green and equal world without war, a world in which Nature and humanity can freely nurture their abilities and potential while living peacefully with one another.

Green

  • The Afghan Peace Volunteers want to nurture a healthy, nonviolent relationship with Mother Earth and Nature.

Currently, humanity is exploiting and destroying Mother Earth and Nature. This exploitation includes excessive extraction of the Earth’s minerals and resources. Humanity is polluting the water, air and land, causing harm to all of life.

The Earth is humanity’s Mother. The life of all living things has similar value to human life. Humanity and all living and non-living things form a large interdependent community. Each element is valuable and forms part of the web of life. Therefore, violence to any part of Nature is violence towards ourselves.

  • We value Mother Earth and Nature as much as we value humanity.

We support giving Mother Earth and Nature constitutional rights. In this and other ways, we seek to protect the natural ecological resources of Mother Earth in sustainable ways.

  • We refrain from using fossil fuels ( oil, petrol, coal etc ) and nuclear energy. In their place, we endeavor to use clean, renewable energy ( solar, wind and hydro energy ).

In the early 21st century, scientists have demonstrated anthropogenic climate change and global warming. The Earth and humanity will not survive if this persists and worsens.

The nuclear waste from producing nuclear energy contaminates the ground and environment and is harmful to all life.

  • We promote organic agriculture eg permaculture and agro-ecology, and other methods which repair and enrich the air, water, soil and natural environments.

 

  • We prefer the consumption of vegetables and fruits to excessive consumption of meat

Vegetables and fruits are generally beneficial for human health while consuming excessive red meat has been shown to cause health problems. Industrial-scale livestock keeping and meat processing causes significant methane production which contributes to global warming.

Equal

  • We want to practice equality. We work to end the discrimination of any human being, discrimination which is based on race/ethnicity, language, gender, religion, political opinion, economic situation, ( sexual orientation ) and other criteria.

The mapped human genome shows that human beings have 99.9% genes in common.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948. Its first two articles state:

Article 1 – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2 – Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

  • We want to practice and promote more egalitarian and cooperative economies.

Today’s economic systems have resulted in gross economic inequality. Oxfam has reported that eight of the richest individuals own as much wealth as half of the world’s population.

We avoid consumerism and prefer to live simply so that we do not have wasteful lifestyles and can share the world’s resources equitably.

  • We embrace human responsibility and compassion in assisting the poor, vulnerable and oppressed.

Every faith and religion, including Islam, has instructed us to help the poor and needy.

  • We make decisions and do our work together through a consultative and consensual process. We value horizontal political processes.

The political and economic systems of today have placed all of humanity in the hands of an individual or an elite group of individuals.

We want to promote egalitarian methods in organizing all affairs of the community. Every member of the community can participate actively in the affairs and supervision of the community.

These processes can help provide for the basic needs, services and livelihood means of all in the community, while caring for Mother Earth and her natural resources.

  • We reject all forms of slavery, including human trafficking, child slave labour, child soldiers etc

 

  • We endeavor to end all forms of corruption.

Nonviolent World Without War

  • We work to abolish war.

In World War I and II, humanity lost about 96 million people, following which the United Nations determined in its Charter to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’.

We the people of Afghanistan have lost at least two million loved ones in the past 40 years of wars. War has led to a global refugee crisis. Afghanistan has the largest protracted refugee situation in the world. In 2016, the world had 65 million refugees across the world. These refugees face many problems in every aspect of life.

  • We do not support the use of weapons or militaries. We support the abolition of nuclear weapons.
  • We want to apply nonviolence and non-military solutions to resolve all our challenges and disputes.

There is increasing evidence that waging wars to reduce and control violence and ‘terrorism’ is not effective.

  • We refrain from killing and taking revenge, and instead seek mediation and reconciliation.

Every religion disapproves of killing and murder.

  • We seek to practice restorative justice. We do not support the use of torture, or the death penalty. We seek alternatives to the prison systems. We want to end the ‘war on drugs’.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has repeatedly recommended an end to the ‘war on drugs’.

  • We seek a peaceful, nonviolent education based on scientific and humane enquiry ( curious, critical, creative and compassionate enquiry ).

Current education systems are driven by the economic agendas of the corporate, political and military elite.

We wish to nurture critically-minded students to pursue green, equal and nonviolent relationships, develop alternative mindsets and lifestyles and seek to serve the commons above individual profit.

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