The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World was launched simultaneously on 11 November 2011 at several locations around the world.

As of 3 December 2022:
2,537 individuals from 105 countries have signed the Nonviolence Charter pledge, and
119 organisations from 39 countries have endorsed the Nonviolence Charter.

Individuals: Signing the Charter

The Nonviolence Charter can be read and signed by individuals online: click on ‘Read Charter’ or ‘Sign Charter’ in the sidebar.

Organisations: Endorsing the Charter

To advise that an organisation endorses The Nonviolence Charter, please send the name and website of the organisation to Robert: flametree@riseup.net

The endorsing organisation, together with its website, will be listed on this website on the ‘Organisations’ page.

Progress Reports

The most recent progress reports can be read here:
Working to End Human Violence in the Time of Covid-19 – 24 October 2020
Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening – 14 October 2019
Tackling the ‘Impossible’: Ending Violence – 25 April 2019
Gandhi’s Despair and the Struggle for Truth and Love – 2 October 2018
Nonviolence or Nonexistence? The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. – 4 April 2018
Gandhi’s Truth: Ending Human Violence One Commitment at a Time – 27 Sep 2017
International Collaboration to End Violence – 21 April 2017
Gandhi: ‘My life is my message’ – 2 October 2016
Ending Human Violence is a Task for Each of Us – 10 April 2016
Gandhi Jayanti, Gandhi’s Dream – 2 October 2015
Saving Passengers of the Good Ship Titan… Earth – 13 April 2015
Creating a World Culture that is Nonviolent – 2 October 2014
The Struggle for Humanity – 3 April 2014
Life on the Line: Can Humanity Survive? – 30 September 2013
The Race to End Violence Before We End Life – 26 February 2013


The aim of The Nonviolence Charter is to create a worldwide movement to end violence in all of its forms. The Charter is intended to give voice to the millions of ordinary people around the world who want an end to war, oppression, environmental destruction and violence of all kinds. We hope that this Charter will support and unite the courageous nonviolent struggles of ordinary people all over the world.

As you will see, The Nonviolence Charter describes very thoroughly the major forms of violence in the world. (If you would like the evidence to explain any of the points in The Nonviolence Charter, you are welcome to contact us at <flametree@riseup.net> and it will be sent to you.) It also presents a strategy to end this violence.

We can each play a part in stopping violence and in creating a peaceful and just world. Some of us will focus on reducing our consumption, some of us will parent our children in a way that fosters children’s safety and empowerment, some of us will use nonviolent resistance in the face of military violence. Everyone’s contribution is important and needed. We hope this Charter will be a springboard for us all to take steps to create a peaceful and just world, however small and humble these steps may be. By listening to the deep truth of ourselves, each other and the Earth, each one of us can find our own unique way to help create this nonviolent world.

Why did we choose 11 November as the date to launch The Nonviolence Charter?

‘When I was a boy … all the people of all the nations which fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was at that minute in nineteen-hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields at that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.’ (Kurt Vonnegut Jr., an atheist humanist, in his novel Breakfast of Champions.)

‘A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.’ Mohandas K. Gandhi

The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World was posted on 25 May 2011.

Robert J. Burrowes – flametree@riseup.net
Anita McKone – flametree@riseup.net
Anahata Giri – anahatagiri@gmail.com