UK WILPF letter to Theresa May

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Disarmament, Featured, News | 0 comments

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom UK Section 52-54 Featherstone Street London EC1Y 8RT                                    020 7250 1968 | | Twitter @UKWILPF Consultative Status with: United Nations ECOSOC, UNCTAD and UNESCO Special Consultative Relations with: FAO, ILO and UNICEF     Rt Hon. Theresa May The Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA   Dear Theresa May,   Members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (UK WILPF) are very concerned about the situation in the Korean Peninsula.  The recent nuclear and missile tests by North Korea are a major threat to the future of the world.  It is essential that the responses from all involved countries are measured and diplomatic and we welcome the Foreign Secretary’s comment on 3rd September that “peaceful diplomatic means are the best,” and his continued support for diplomatic solutions WILPF is very disturbed, however, that President Trump has been threatening the use of force against North Korea.   We fear that any military response runs the risk of an accidental nuclear explosion.  There seems to be a lack of understanding in the White House of the humanitarian consequences of even the most limited detonation of a nuclear weapons, not just in the region but across the world and in the long term.  That is why WILPF supports the United Nations (UN) Treaty banning nuclear weapons which opened for UN nation states to sign on 20th September.  We urge the UK Government to join the fifty countries that signed the treaty on the first day. The very serious immediate situation demands all countries to take action to reduce tensions and tone down the rhetoric.  Perhaps because of our one hundred and two year experience, and our own International President, Kozue Akibayashi, who helped organise WomenCrossDMZ in 2015, highlighting the important role of women peace activists and helping to revive and renew peace and solidarity movements in the Korean Peninsula, UK WILPF has been asked by a member of the public to offer to mediate between North Korea and the USA. We would hope that the UK Government could influence the United States to understand that negotiation is the only way to end the tension and avoid conflict.  In particular we hope that as UK Prime Minister, you could use your special relationship to urge the US Government to use the auspices offered by the UN Secretary General to resume Six Party talks.  It is vital that you do all you can to persuade all parties to avoid any pre-emptive military strike. We are looking forward to receiving your reply to this letter.   Yours sincerely   Anne Scott, UKWILPF Executive  ...

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Let us stop the war in Syria – WILPF Italy

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blog, Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security | 0 comments

Let us refuse to be again victims of numerous manipulations which feed us with enemies.  Once again a “cynical use of chemical weapons” is trying to get us into a war without exit. Let us also reject the instrumentalisation of children by media. Children are always the first innocent victims of all the wars and all the kind of weapons, including depleted uranium which has been used without talking sufficiently about. Is the scandal of the use of chemical weapons in the 2nd Iraq war not enough? Are we not aware of the use of the same cliché in this context? Let us reappropriate of our critical thinking. Who benefits of this situation?  Assad or the merchants of death? Syria is a country where big and dangerous interests clash which are spreading just desperation, destruction and death among the people of this tortured land. We are shocked and scandalised to hear the voices of a great majority of European parliamentarians, through the mouth of  Mrs Mogherini,  high representative of the EU foreign and security politics. This was justifying totally the position of Donald Trump “you can only respond to an act of war with an act of war”, of course this did not mean escalation. What a shame-this kind of submission to Nato und the USA! Is this the beginning of ”Another Europe” of peace, the refusal of war and weapons requested by the men and women in the streets of Europe at the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome? A Europe that stands against violence and for freedom and secularism? as asked by the women from the European sections of WILPF during their meeting in Rome under the slogan:” United to change Europe, for a peaceful Europe in a peaceful world”? Let’s get indignant against the use of our territory as strategic basis for the war. Let’s claim the implementation of art 11 of our constitution which forbids war and let’s request respect for international law. Let’s re-appropriate the original notion of the United Nations to assure and promote peace and let us refuse the role of NATO which has become a pure nuclear alliance under the command of the US and where Europe has delegated secretly its own security politics. Let’s engage for a just and sustainable peace in Syria and the Middle East. Statement issued by WILPF...

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UK NGOs: Government is on wrong side of history boycotting ban negotiations

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog, Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security, News | 0 comments

WILPF UK has joined many other NGOs to protest the government’s current position on the UN treaty negotiations currently taking place in New York regarding the banning of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have catastrophic consequences both for humanity and the environment, and WILPF believes that women in particular are impacted and disadvantaged by nuclear arms races, to say nothing of nuclear conflict. The UK government must take a stronger position – ANY position – in these negotiations. Sitting them out is not an option! Click through to read the the statement written by ICAN and signed and endorsed by WILPF UK and WILPF Scotland: ICAN...

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Joint statement by WILPF and the Network of Eritrean Women

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Crisis Response, Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security, Human Rights, Voices of African Women | 0 comments

In March 2016, the UK’s Network of Eritrean Women released a statement in partnership with WILPF International, at the Human Rights Council meeting, asking the international community to take concrete actions to improve the human rights of women in Eritrea. The full statement is available online here and available for download via PDF...

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