Statements

September 28, 2020

The United Nations Human Rights Council issued a report* by the Independent Mission to Determine the Facts in Venezuela (Independent Mission), which accuses Venezuela of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment committed since 2014.” The veracity, timing, and political intent of this report is best understood in the context of a campaign led by the U.S. to overthrow Venezuela’s democratically elected government of President Nicolás Maduro and before him of Hugo Chávez.

The World Peace Council (WPC) expresses its deep concern about the recent escalation of the tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over border disputes in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which have resulted in casualties on both sides, including civilians. This conflict, which has its origin more than thirty (30) years back, is a complicated matter in which various regional and global powers are indirectly involved.

75 years after the US’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the World Peace Council European member organizations, reaffirm the need to struggle for peace and end the arms race, and urgency to eliminate nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Marking the 75 years since this horrendous crime and on the UN’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (26 September), we underline the importance of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and call on countries to sign and ratify it.

On this September 21st, International Day of Peace, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) calls for the commitment and mobilisation in defence of peace and of the principles laid down in the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic and in the United Nations Charter, such as:

The sovereignty and rights of the peoples;

The sovereign equality of States;

The peaceful and negotiated solution of international conflicts;

Not resorting to force or to the threat of using force in international relations;

September 6 is a very sad day for the people’s movement in the United States. In the early hours of this day, we lost one our most beloved and treasured comrades. Kevin was not only a comrade, but a dear friend and brother to all of us. We were honored to have him as our comrade in struggle.

The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) marks the 75th. anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and reaffirms the need and urgency to end nuclear weapons, calling for the signing and ratification of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.

The Canadian Peace Congress stands in solidarity with the people of Bolivia in their struggle to force the coup regime headed by Janine Añez to resign and for a return to democratic conditions.
Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism Party (MAS) was re-elected President of Bolivia in the first round of voting on October 20, 2019 with 47% of the popular vote. Carlos Mesa of the right-wing Revolutionary Nationalist Movement (MNR) received only 36.5%, thus negating the necessity of a second round of voting.

At a time when we celebrate the end of the Helsinki Conference, which ended on August 1, 1975, with the signing of its Final Act by 35 countries, of which 33 were Europeans and included Canada and the United States, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) highlights its importance for security and cooperation and stresses and disseminates central aspects of its content.

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