and Priority Concerns
International Month Of Peace Action 19 March-15 April 2005
Terror: Build Justice'
The Full Statement
statement is designed to be signed by local anti-war groups, and
then circulated to civil society groups in each locality, for
groups and/or individuals to sign as representatives of a substantial
part of the local community.
Terror: Build Justice
In the face of global terrorism, we believe that our community,
our nation, and our world, must choose the path of peace, human
rights, and justice. We believe that what is presented to us as
'the war on terrorism' is a campaign of violence and repression
that actually generates more anti-Western terrorism.
believe that the world needs a different agenda in order to end
the terrorism of the weak and halt the terrorism of the powerful.
We reject the logic of war and invasion, the erosion of basic
rights, and the demonisation of Muslims and Arab communities.
appreciate the need for the emergency services to prepare for
a devastating attack against our country. However, we believe
that our society should also be preparing to prevent any devastating
attacks on other countries. The US-led invasion of Iraq was an
illegal, immoral and counter-productive assault which has devastated
the ordinary people of Iraq. As ordinary citizens, we commit ourselves
to nonviolent preparations to prevent another such devastating
attack from taking place.
is impossible to win a 'war on terror'. We believe that the scale
of anti-Western terrorism will only be reduced by resolving the
legitimate grievances which terrorism springs from. We believe
that peace will only come through justice. In particular, we believe
that anti-Western terrorism will not abate until the Palestinian
people enjoy peace and security, free from Israeli oppression.
We commit ourselves to discovering, publicising and demanding
the resolution of the root causes of international terrorism.
At the global level, we believe that peace and justice can only
come through freedom and sustainable development which empowers
the majority and eliminates mass poverty. We believe that the
global justice movement, which has opposed the extension of unfair
trade and investment rules which would have harmed the majority
of people in the world, is an anti-terrorist movement, dealing
with one of the major causes of terrorism. We commit ourselves
to nonviolently resisting corporate globalization, which harms
the interests of the world's poor.
are deeply concerned at the spread and further development of
weapons of mass destruction, and we appreciate the need for international
action to deal with this threat. However, we also believe that
the same rules should apply to all countries. We believe that
every country in the world, including Britain and the United States,
should be forced to destroy their nuclear, chemical, and biological
believe that every country in the world should be required to
submit to ongoing intrusive inspections of its nuclear, chemical,
and biological industries to prevent the development of such weapons
in the future. As ordinary citizens, we commit ourselves to nonviolent
preparations to prevent weapons of mass destruction being developed,
deployed or used by our Government.
the event of a major terrorist attack against our country, we
commit ourselves to supporting victims and their relatives, defending
the rights of those threatened by a vengeful backlash –
particularly Muslims and Arab people in our communities, and nonviolently
resisting any military response by our government.
We support 'Counter Terror: Build Justice 2005: an international
month of peace action'. We wish to cooperate with concerned citizens
around our nation, across the Atlantic, and around the world,
in promoting peace and justice, and preventing further escalation
in the so-called 'war on terror'.
commit ourselves to participating in, or organising, at least
one 'Counter Terror: Build Justice' event during the month of
19 March - 15 April 2005. (The invasion of Iraq took place on
19 March 2003; the US air strike on Libya on 15 April 1986)
groups may focus on preventing US-led military action. Others
may protest against the threatened use of US and British nuclear
weapons, and the militarization of space. Still other groups may
focus on action to deal with injustice, oppression and poverty,
the root causes of the terrorism of the weak.
we will demand an end to unilateral, pre-emptive and preventive
war and intervention, which is the terrorism of the powerful.
we will mobilize to demand disarmament, trade justice, and adherence
to the principles of international law.
continue by signing up
to the Counter Terror, Build Justice statement.
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