In Memoriam: Horst Stasius

Many people like to talk of internationalism and solidarity. Horst Stasius, who has died aged 84, was someone who truly lived it.

Born in The Hague in the year Hitler came to power, Horst grew up in a German family who had gone abroad only to see their adopted country occupied. The family returned to Germany soon after, when his father, Otto, was called up. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Horst Stasius”

Declaration of the International Meeting Against Foreign Military Bases

June 29th, 2018, Kaiserslautern Germany

Attendees from Germany, Netherlands, France, UK, South Korea, Spain, Italy, USA, Ireland, Greece, Austria, Switzerland agree to the following

Whereas:

  • The EU/US/NATO plays a key role in the creation of unequal economic conditions, wars and armed conflicts, and environment destruction that cause people to flee from their homes, seeking safety and sanctuary in Europe;
  • Increasing levels of military spending are contributing to these conditions;
  • Security and defence interests focusing on the security of states, power elites, and cooperate interests comes at the expense of individuals’ personal security;
  • Over 30 000 people are estimated to have lost their lives attempting to find sanctuary in Europe over the last 25 years and countless thousands, possibly millions, have died in their own countries;
  • The EU has put measures in place for open borders for weapons and soldiers, but not for people.

We oppose:

  • The militarization of EU border security that serves the interests of the military and security industry and endangers the lives of people seeking sanctuary in Europe;
  • The aims and actions of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, tasked with border control of the Schengen Area, in coordination with national border and coast guard bodies;
  • All migrant detention and long-term processing centres inside and outside Europe’s borders.

And we call on the EU to:

  • Ensure safe and legal crossing of sea and land borders around and within Europe, thereby opening the borders for people fleeing from conflict and famine;
  • Reduce military spending and invest in fair, just and equitable conditions for development and trade;
  • End the sale and export of arms and weapons’ components.

Stop the wars and not the refugees!

 

Contact:
Aktionsbüro Stopp Airbase Ramstein
c/o IALANA
Marienstr. 19/20
10117 Berlin
Germany
info@ramstein-kampagne.eu

Photos from the week of actions can be seen here.

IPB Statement: Korea Summit In Singapore

The International Peace Bureau welcomes the commitment of President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jung-un to meet at the June 12 summit in Singapore. Even as many issues related to military, human and political rights, and regional tensions will not be addressed in the summit, it holds the promise of ending nearly 70 years of disastrous war and preparations for war that have disproportionally impacted North and South Korea.

This summit would not have been possible without President Moon Jae-in’s inspired “Olympic Diplomacy” which brought the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea back from the brink of President Trump’s threatened “Fire and Fury” war and Chairman Kim’s threat to reciprocate in kind. The Trump-Kim summit would not have been possible without the ground-breaking April 27 Kim-Moon summit at Panmunjom, during which the two Korean leaders declared that “there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun”, and resolved to begin the processes of Korean denuclearization and peaceful reunification.

The Korean people have long suffered colonization by Japan, military occupations by the United States and the Soviet Union, dictatorships, the devastation of the Korean War, repeated U.S. threats and preparations to initiate first strike attacks against North Korea, simulated U.S. nuclear attacks, and North Korea’s consequent development of its nuclear arsenal. We note as well that in the past South Korea had a nuclear weapons program, and that some in South Korea continue to call for either the return of U.S. nuclear weapons deployments in their country or the development of an independent South Korean nuclear arsenal.

The diplomatic process initiated by President Moon, which we trust will be advanced by Presidents Trump and Moon hold the promise of ending this tragic history.

After having raised expectations that the summit would quickly result in the immediate, verifiable and irreversible elimination of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, more realistic expectations for what has been described by some as a “get to know you” meeting now prevail.

The summitry has thankfully brought us back from the brink of what would have been a catastrophic, potentially nuclear, a “Fire and Fury” war.  The Singapore summit can now open the way for future diplomacy:

– Institutionalizing the functional “Freeze-for-Freeze” arrangement that has prevailed since the Seoul Olympics: halting North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile testing, curtailing provocative U.S. and allied military exercises which threaten North Korea, and the elimination of nuclear-related sanctions. Additional elements could include: removing the DPRK from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, unfreezing North Korean assets, and allowing for recovery of the remains of U.S. servicemen and for family reunifications.

– Negotiating a Peace Treaty to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement, formally ending the Korean War. In addition to ruling out future aggression, it would provide for normalization of relations. This was earlier described in the 2000 Joint Communique that the U.S. and DPRK in which the two countries reaffirmed “principles of respect for each other’s sovereignty and non-interference in each other’s affairs…” and “commit to make every effort in the future to build a new relationship free from past enmity”.

– South and North Korean pursuit of national self-determination on their own terms. The international community should support the development in North Korea economically. We call for an end of the international sanctions.

– We stress the need to end the U.S. travel ban and sanctions that seriously reduce the ability to deliver humanitarian assistance including addressing massive food insecurity, the need for life-saving medicines, etc. and noting that humanitarian assistance and encouraging family reunions can facilitate. We call for “people to people diplomacy” which can reinforce peaceful relations.

– Serious negotiations for the phased fulfilment of all of the commitments made in Singapore, including halting the military exercises and moving toward normalization of relations.

– Negotiations for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the creation of a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. Foundations for such negotiations were created with the 1992 joint ‘declaration of South and North Korea on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the 1994 Agreed Framework between US and DPRK, the 2000 comprehensive agreement negotiated by U.S. Sec. Defense Perry and Kim Jung-il (and sabotaged by President G.W.Bush) and the 2005 Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six Party Talks. The April 27 North and South Korean Panmunjom Declaration, “confirmed the common goal of realizing, thorough complete denuclearization, a nuclear -free Korean Peninsula.

Nuclear disarmament negotiations will, of necessity, be prolonged and difficult and will require continuing international support. In addition to achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible elimination of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the means to produce such weapons, of necessity it must also include the creation of a Northeast Asia Nuclear-Weapons Free Zone.

Finally, we decry the reality that nuclear apartheid threatens not only peace and survival in Northeast Asia, but of the world’s peoples. There can be no long-term guarantee of peace in Northeast Asia or human survival until the US and other nuclear weapons states eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as they are required to do by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. To support The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons is a most urgent first step.

 

CND Press Release: US-North Korea peace summit pulls world back from the brink

Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to today’s peace summit between Chairman Kim Jong-un and President Trump.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“Today’s summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un is a very positive development. At a time of escalating militarisation and increasingly dangerous policy developments – the US’s new nuclear posture review and recent strategic defence review to name but two – an outbreak of dialogue in an exceptionally tense region is a welcome step.

“Some take the view that the summit statement says nothing new, but the key is that the summit took place. Just months ago we were looking at the possibility of nuclear war. Today the world has pulled back from the brink. Only cynics would think that a negligible achievement.

“The statement itself crucially recognises both sides’ primary concerns. Trump has committed to providing security guarantees to Pyongyang, and Kim Jong-un has reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Beyond the formal texts, subsequent remarks may help to make the good intentions real: Trump says he will halt his provocative ‘war games’ – exercises that include flying nuclear capable bombers close to North Korea’s border. And Kim says North Korea will destroy nuclear test centres, so both sides are contributing to denuclearisation.

“These are small steps but much to be welcomed as the peninsula moves towards bringing a formal end to the Korean war and embracing more peaceful future”.

SIPRI figures on military expenditure in 2017

German MPs and actors from civil society declare: Disarmament is the challenge of our time

On the occasion of the publication of the statistics on world military expenditure in 2017 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) German MPs and members of the peace movement criticized the enormous cost of armament at a press conference of the International Peace Bureau (IPB).

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GCOMS Final Statement on the occasion of GDAMS 2018

There are many reasons to renew, once again and for the 8th consecutive year, our call for a cut in military spending (based upon SIPRI data), so that the world can move closer to a human security commitment that would better serve humanity. We face the danger of a third world war, and big countries are preparing for war with massive armament investments. It is really time for the people to stand up.
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We Welcome the Panmunjeom Declaration

Statement of People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy

We Welcome the Panmunjeom Declaration and the Arrival of the Era of Peace on the Korean Peninsula with It

The Declaration embodies both Koreas’ commitment to bringing the era of division and confrontation to an end and establishing a peace regime on their own accord.

The vision of thawing military tension, achieving disarmament through mutual trust-building, and freeing the Korean Peninsula from nuclear threats is highly praised. Continue reading “We Welcome the Panmunjeom Declaration”

#YouAllOweUs virtual campaign

Today we are launching #YouAllOweUs virtual campaign. Please, feel free to share the materials with other activists and organizations.

New materials and how we will use it: #YouAllOweUs campaign

You will find the new infographics on the GCOMS website:  http://demilitarize.org/materials-owe-us-gdams-campaign/

  1. 2 general images where Trump reminds global political leaders committed with increasing military spending that they all owe money and cooperation to the US for his role as world’s guard (starting from the idea of the 2%GDP he requires from NATO members and how he addressed Germany in these terms). We can see here how people are demanding politicians to take action instead on fulfilling the SDG’s.
  2. Images of global political leaders committed with the increase in military expenditure. They are chosen based on their representativity and their public advocacy of the increase. Only 2 European leaders were chosen, despite a lot more countries being involved in the increase. We are conscious that, as for instance, Africa is only represented trough Al-Sisi. If you miss a leader or a territory, send us a representative sentence where he/she claims for the need to rise MilEx and all the information (including concrete sentences) and we will try to add new ones if necessary.

[IMPORTANT] How we will use this material: As mentioned, we all (partners but also organizations that can collaborate with us) will launch on May 16th the images on our social networks under the hashtags #YouAllOweUs (Health and wellbeing, better education, gender equality, etc) and #MovetheMoney #GDAMS2018

The idea is to combine the first image (the one with all the leaders) with one of the singles, adding those SDG’s or petitions we think military spending must be moved to, reminding political leaders what their priorities should be. You’ll find an example here: http://demilitarize.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Tweet_You_Owe_Us.jpg

Say No to War!

President Trump cannot just ignore the means and impact of diplomacy, politeness and the binding rules of international law.

Now is the time for prompt and spontaneous actions. We hope that as many as possible of you will join and set a sign for peace and understanding, standing against war and violence.

Say no to war! It is about the danger of a disastrous war, which would harm, injure and kill many lives. War is not and cannot be a solution. Every single person and every government should engage in finding a peaceful solution.