IPB Statement on the Military Coup in Myanmar

The International Peace Bureau (IPB), 1910 Nobel Peace Laureate, joins the world in strongly condemning the Myanmar military’s seizure of total state power through a military coup on 1 February 2021 and its’ subsequent dismissal of the parliament elected in November 2020 and the declaration of a martial law today, 9 February 2021.

The International Peace Bureau unequivocally sides with the 56 million people of Myanmar/Burma belonging to 62 ethnic minorities and indigenous groups at this time. The IPB stands strongly for peace, justice and democracy and are in solidarity with the mobilization by medical, educational, women, indigenous communities and other sectors in Myanmar/Burma who have called on the public to resist the military takeover, through nonviolent means and through a mass campaign of civil disobedience.

IPB, in solidarity with civil society in Myanmar/Burma calls on the military to immediately:

  1. Repeal the martial law imposed on people of Myanmar
  2. Respect the election results and return power to the duly elected parliament.
  3. Unconditionally release all those who have been detained when they seized power.
  4. Stop from all acts of violence, arrests including against protesters and resolute Parliamentarians.
  5. Restore and maintain internet, phone and other forms of connectivity
  6. Heed the call to ensure democracy, diversity and inclusivity.

The IPB calls on the United Nations, all governments, but particularly Asian governments and the global civil society to :

  1. Unconditionally condemn the military seizure of power in Myanmar/Burma;
  2. Support the restoration of the parliament elected on 8 November 2020;
  3. Stop all cooperation with, and assistance to, the military, including through the halting of arms transfer.
  4. Support those at risk due to the military coup against the public especially the women, and indigenous people and ethnic minorities who have faced the brunt of military force for decades
  5. Re-examine what has led to the failure in global collective efforts to deepen democracy and ensure the rule of law in Myanmar in the past 10 years since the first elections held in 2011.

IPB realise that this is a critical time for introspection, by the whole international community, as we all find new ways to manifest solidarity with the people of Myanmar/Burma and amplify their call for resistance to military coup, the martial law and the establishment of genuine democracy that holds the aspiration of the people of Myanmar/Burma who have been struggling for long. IPB and the international community stand with them with solidarity.

Download the PDF here in English and Korean.

IPB Statement on Jeremy Corbyn, 2017 Seán MacBride Peace Prize Winner

The International Peace Bureau recognises Jeremy Corbyn as a lifelong campaigner against racism, against war and for a peaceful and tolerant world. In 2017 IPB awarded him the Seán MacBride Peace Prize for his ‘sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace’ and his record shows that he has also championed the oppressed, the poor and the disadvantaged.

The IPB is united in its opposition to anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms. We remain united for a world free from fear.

We will continue to work with Jeremy and with all who strive for peace and justice.

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IPB Statement on the 50th TPNW Ratification

Berlin, October 24th 2020

The International Peace Bureau celebrates the historical step of the 50th ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons, supported by over 120 states at the UN in July 2017.

After 3 years of debates, pressures, and mobilisation, 50 countries have today finalised the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). It is a radical step toward the complete elimination of this inhumane and outdated weapon of mass destruction! Continue reading “IPB Statement on the 50th TPNW Ratification”

IPB Statement of Congratulations to the World Food Programme

IPB Statement of Congratulations to the World Food Programme (WFP), Winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The International Peace Bureau, 1910 Nobel Peace Laureate, welcomes the Nobel Committee’s decision to award the World Food Programme the 2020 prize. The WFP has played an essential role in addressing food shortages and hunger in conflict zones around the world in a time when the severity of such crises are growing – from the effects of climate change to the use of hunger as a tool of war, food security remains a persistent and dangerous global issue.

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MacBride Prize 2020 awarded to Black Lives Matter and Hibakusha Signature Campaign

The International Peace Bureau awards the Seán MacBride Peace Prize (see also here) every year to a person, or organisation, or movement in recognition of its outstanding work for peace, disarmament, human rights. It is named after Seán MacBride, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was chair of the IPB from 1968–74 and president from 1974-1985. Continue reading “MacBride Prize 2020 awarded to Black Lives Matter and Hibakusha Signature Campaign”

IPB/IPPNW Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Invitation to August 9 special worldwide screening of “The Vow From Hiroshima”

*Updated on 16 July 2020 to reflect Botswana’s TPNW ratification

As we recall the unprecedented horrors that the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced on August 6 and 9, 1945, we reaffirm the determination of our organizations to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. Continue reading “IPB/IPPNW Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”

Never Forget: 25 Years After the Srebrenica Genocide

Berlin, 11.07.2020

The Srebrenica genocide is the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

Twenty-five years ago, more than 8,000 men and boys were separated from their families and brutally executed. Many more tried to flee through the woods, but were eventually captured and murdered by the Bosnian Serb forces. In an effort to conceal the crimes that they committed, following the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement, they relocated the bodies from the sites of mass execution and buried them in a series of mass graves. Continue reading “Never Forget: 25 Years After the Srebrenica Genocide”

Abusing Workers’ Rights is a Threat to Peace: IPB Reacts to the 2020 ITUC Global Rights Index (EN/FR)

Abusing workers’ rights is a threat to peace.

The IPB has always considered the respect for human and workers rights as critical pillars for peace in our nations. Abuse these fundamental rights and the floodgates are open to weaken peace, democracy and social justice. Take away the freedom of expression, protest, association and the balance of power tips further toward authoritarianism and raw and abusive  corporate power. Continue reading “Abusing Workers’ Rights is a Threat to Peace: IPB Reacts to the 2020 ITUC Global Rights Index (EN/FR)”

Statement of Solidarity with the Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington

June 17, 2020

The International Peace Bureau, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient organization, was proud and fortunate to collaborate with the Poor People’s Campaign on last spring’s Online World Conference 2020: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Resist and Reverse Climate Change, for Social and Economic Justice.  The Poor People’s Campaign’s recognition of the seminal importance of building on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolent commitments – to challenge the mutually reinforcing triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism, with the addition of your commitment to environmental sustainability – is precisely what our time requires, and it inspires people around the globe, as well as across the United States. Continue reading “Statement of Solidarity with the Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington”

GCOMS/ENAAT Press Release: Fund Peace, Not Arms Dealers

On Europe Day, the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) and the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) call the EU to fund peace, not arms dealers.

The way out from the COVID-19 crisis: will the EU work for peace or prepare for war?

8 May 2020, Brussels, Barcelona

The EU High Representative Mr Borrell stated on April 24 that the world will look very different after the COVID-19 crisis and will depend on the choices made today.  On the eve of Europe Day celebrating peace and unity, the EU bears a large responsibility for how this future will look like, and has a key choice to make: work for sustainable peace by seriously tackling the root causes of conflicts, or continue the path to militarism and prepare for war. Continue reading “GCOMS/ENAAT Press Release: Fund Peace, Not Arms Dealers”