65 years ago, more precisely in 1949-50, emerged a worldwide structure committed to the defence of Peace, solidarity and cooperation among peoples: the World Peace Council. Emanating from organizations of resistance against Nazi-fascism, political parties, trade unions and social movements, and the concerted action of personalities of various nationalities and professions, political convictions and religious beliefs, the worldwide Peace movement found expression in dozens of countries from all continents.
The World Peace Council condemns the massacre organized by ISIS in Suruç city of Turkey on Monday 20th July that led 32 people to death with hundreds injured. Victims were progressive and peace loving youth of Turkey who would plan to contribute to reconstruction works of the Syrian city of Kobane (Ain Al Arab) which was seriously damaged under the attacks of ISIS.
Communiqué of the Secretariat Meeting of the WPC
Istanbul 20-21 June 2015
The Secretariat of the World Peace Council concluded successfully its meeting in Istanbul, hosted excellently by the Peace Association of Turkey on 20-21 June 2015. The meeting took place at the same venue after the two successive regional Meetings of the Middle East and Europe on 18-19 June respectively.
WPC Secretariat Meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey, along with Middle East and Europe Regional Meetings, between 18th and 21th of June. Below are the speech of WPC President Socorro Gomes and the report of WPC General Secretary Thanassis Pafilis.
WPC Secretariat Meeting in Istanbul Socorro Gomes (June 20, 2015)
On May 29, video footage of ammunition transport to the Islamist groups in Syria by the Turkish secret service agents was published. The Peace Association of Turkey made a statement regarding this footage.
1000 mortar projectiles, 1000 shells, 50,000 machine gun bullets, 30,000 heavy machine gun bullets!
We were not surprised, because it was not necessary to guess; we knew it.
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Three members of the Communist Party, Turkey were arrested on May 1st in Istanbul, Turkey, for attending a demonstration in Taksim Square. The Mayday demonstrations in Istanbul are suppressed by the government for the last three years and Taksim Square is closed to all activities, especially on Mayday. This square, which has a political importance for the Turkish working class was the scene of a sudden protest by the Communist Party, although the area was blocked by the police forces.
The “Moscow Appeal” was adopted by six international organisations, namely WPC, WFTU, WFDY, IADL, WDIF and FIR who attended the events of the 70th anniversary of the Anti-fascist Victory in Moscow.
The Executive Committee of the WPC took place in the Indian city of Goa from 26-28 November 2014. The meeting, hosted by the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO), concluded after discussions on the threats to peace in different parts of the world with the following statement:
The World Peace Council, in its 65th year of struggle, salutes the peace loving forces of the world and calls upon them to fight together with the WPC and its member organizations, against imperialism and its brutal wars, for Peace.
On the centenary of the Armenian Massacre