Blacks and Whites Together for Human Rights (BAWTHURs) was formed during the Refugees movement at O-Platz in Berlin (Kreuzberg) in 2014, however, throughout the years’ Blacks and Whites Together for Human Rights struggling for the rights of marginalized groups and connecting, networking with different groups on the German level and different European Self-organized Refugee Groups, also it is working to reduce the violence/conflict and lack of diversity realisation, thereby to promote nonviolence, human rights education, alternatives to violence, and Gender issues. BAWTHURs sees that the equity can come through cultural differences social and political awareness, having communication, meetings, visiting and understanding of diversity is the way forward on the national and international level (raising the minority up).
It has the method of conflict resolution, nonviolence and alternative to violent, which has been working on and developing in SONAD (Sudanese Organisation for Nonviolence and Development) since 2004, it was applied directly on the Oranienplatz, where many people with heterogeneous backgrounds came together and lived together in a small space. The activities are inspired by human rights methods and Alternative to Violent, a concept that was developed in workshops with prisoners in 1975, in Greenhaven Prison in the USA. Due to its success, it has been expanded to include street children and disadvantaged communities etc. often in post-conflict regions such as Sudan etc.
Blacks and Whites Together for Human Rights targets the marginalized community such as refugees, immigrants and Diasporas as well as European’s citizens who are marginalized. Bringing these two communities (immigrants and European citizens) together can make an impact on this planet earth. Furthermore, is empowering women, youth men and refugees. advancing, and building strong societies. it is safer and stronger when peoples around the continents can withstand crisis, and the societies can be freer, more, protecting the basic and secondary rights and human dignity of all citizens around this planet. By focusing on these goals, together we position ourselves to confront the challenges of today.
In this association, we want to trace the principle of nonviolence that implemented by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela etc. visiting marginalized community for example refugees and self-organized resistance groups in and out as nationally and internationally which we have started collaborating with during the refugees protests at o-Platz in 2012, we want to exchange our experiences. We all are targeted by oppression of European migration policies, racism, and a colonial system, which is skillfully imposing on groups inner conflicts in order to play out against each other and finally isolated us.
Together we want to reflect on the systems which are oppressing the asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants as the authorities, parties etc. give wrong information to the citizens in order to fight immigrants and refugees.
In collaboration, this association wants to find methods to evaluate our successes and translate them into a wider part of the civil society so that the European society can learn from our skills.
In order to make this works we need to directly work against/conflict, violence, Isolation, racism, gender raise and glass, and misunderstanding through implementing the above activities
Methods and Tools
The tools of our common investigation are the tools, which each of the group brings into the collaboration: Blacks and Whites Together for Human Rights have so far worked with the tools of Conflict Resolution (workshops and interventions), Alternatives to Problems or violent (workshops), We offer these methods, but all our partners also bring their own tools to the collaboration. We explore and exchange those tools. Along our process, we evaluate them, make them interfere, modify them and develop them further. In the following we are shortly describing the methods Blacks and Whites Together for Human Rights plans to bring into the process:
Alternatives to Problems
It is an intensive learning experience offering workshops, we use different methods, like role-play, group discussion, exercises etc. core values consensus-oriented, decision making, gender sensitivity, diversity and inclusiveness and accountability. There are three levels of training, for example, basic workshops: The basic workshop focuses on primary conflict resolution step-by-step, consequently, focuses on and experiences and exercises.
Stories of Conflicts
Some part of this association is conflict resolution workshops and nonviolence, alternative to violent, Gender issues and documentation. We call for solidarity when we are in a precarious conflict situation; on the one hand, solidarity will help activists/ groups to overcome the conflict, on the other hand, different perspectives will come together when we meet in solidarity, this will form new conflicts. Through refugees and migrant’s movement, different forms of conflicts have appeared and various forms of dealing with conflicts have been applied. This altered a rich body of conflicts, as well a rich practice of conflict management, conflict solution, mediation, and reconciliation methods. In this research this treasure and publish it accordingly (through discussions, visits theaters, workshops, film/ books etc).
Location for the activities
BAWTHURs is organizing an educational event in every participating country, where we present, discuss, and present these methods publicly. Much depending on the local groups we are collaborating with, these events take place e.g., in a school, a university, local centers, youth clubs, NGOs, libraries, on the streets, the partners in each respective country will support for organizing this event in their places, but from every country, the participants of this exchange are coming to support as well, in this way we can exercise and strengthen the solidarity further. capacity and the interest of the inviting groups, the workshops, conferences, exhibitions, manifestations, theater-or radio-pieces. The educational events will take place in the Educational Phase. Concluding this phase, we are evaluating our exchange: What have we learned from each station? Which problems are similar? Which strategies have we encountered? Which of them can we alter for different problems in other places? How can we translate our methods to civil society? This research will be documented by writings, novels, journals, and documentary films.
We want to create trust, solve conflicts, and initiate communication between heterogeneous groups. We create spaces for an open dialogue so that people can establish positive relationships with each other. We train and empower refugees/ activists and others with different backgrounds in terms of religion, age, gender, or social status. They then take this strength back to their communities to empower, educate and share with the community.
Local self-organized refugee groups will become part of an international network. They will be empowered by sharing their knowledge. The so-called refugee crisis will be compared and analysed on the basis of personal experiences. Methods on how to resist systematic strategies of divide and conquer/rule, how to overcome inner conflicts and how to be in solidarity against all odds. The groups will learn from each other and so their scope of action will be derived.
– New alliances and groups will be formed.
Second, the migrant and refugee groups will publish their own methods of conflict-solving and reconciliation. Local political activist groups and other members of the civil society, who are severely threatened by the political climate change will learn from this knowledge as well, the refugee groups have developed, will widen their perspective and will strengthen their cultural, social, political activities and the society in general. Have the documentation: documentary film, books, novels, journal etc.