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How we work

Proactive presence is a nonviolent method

The international accompaniment that SweFOR’s peace observers perform, is based on the nonviolenve methodology called proactive presence. Its purpose is to protect human rights defenders by amplifying their civic space of action.

Axes of work

Physical presence in specific moments for example in trips, meetings or protests. Thereby we show in a concrete manner that the international community is present, and we can inform about eventual security incidents.

Strategic Communicationfor example meetings with national authorities and international organs, and the diffusion of information. We remind that the work of the organizations that we accompany is legal, legitimate and that it is the states obligation to protect them. Furthermore, we gather and share information about certain emblematic cases.

Strategic communication is always based on international rights frameworks.

Trainings in self protection. SweFOR offer support in self protection with the goal of strengthening the capacity of the organizations that we accompany. Through workshops with participants of each organization, from the perspective of each one of them, analyzing and developing protection mechanisms suitable to their situations.

Fundamental principles

  • The accompaniment work that SweFOR does is always based on a request from the organizations and is adapted to the local context.
  • We are impartial in relation to the parts in the conflict but not neutral in relation to the crimes against human rights and international humanitarian rights.
  • We are committed to noninterference in the internal work of the organizations we accompany.