The struggle for freedom achieved a new victory with the commutation of Oscar López Rivera's prison sentence, after 36 years in jail in the United States for defending Puerto Rico's independence from US control. The World Peace Council joins all those in solidarity with the anti-colonial struggle and for the right to self-determination, as well as for the political rights of activists such as Rivera.
A luta pela liberdade rende uma nova vitória com o indulto ao porto-riquenho Oscar López Rivera, que cumpriu 36 anos de prisão nos Estados Unidos por defender a independência do Porto Rico, ainda sob o controle estadunidense. O Conselho Mundial da Paz soma-se a todos os solidários à luta anti-colonial e pelo direito à da autodeterminação, assim como aos direitos políticos de ativistas como Rivera.
El Movimiento Mexicano por la Paz y el Desarrollo, en coordinación con la Asamblea Mundial por la Paz, convoca el próximo 6 de enero frente a la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América; a la Jornada Mundial para solicitar al Presidente Barack Obama la libertad de Oscar López Rivera, independentista puertorriqueño encarcelado desde hace más de 35 años.
The 17th regular congress of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) – Association of Anti-Fascists took place November 18 – 20, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 50 delegates representing anti-fascist and resistance fighters organizations from about 20 European countries participated in this congress. The congress included also a special awarding ceremony of the Michel-Vanderborght-Award as well as the commemoration of victims of fascist terror in Lidice. The congress of FIR was attended also by the World Peace Council represented by Milan Krajca.
The year of 2016 was full of threats and aggressions against the peoples. But it was also a year of renewed commitment, mobilization and hope in the struggle for a different world which is fairer and based on solidarity, friendship and cooperation among the peoples. Coup d'État, wars and aggressions, invasions, sanctions and the growing militarization of the planet are a few of the imperialist forces' instruments in the promotion of their agenda of dominance over the world, assuring their interests. They cause chaos and humanitarian crises, devastating countries,
THESSALONIKI 9-11 DECEMBER 2016
NO TO THE PARTICIPATION OF OUR COUNTRIES
IN THE IMPERIALIST PLANS AND WARS!
-WE DEMAND THE ANNULATION OF THE BANNING OF THE PEACE ASSOCIATION OF TURKEY
The Greek Committee for International Détente and Peace, the Cyprus Peace Council and the Peace Committee of Turkey concluded their seventh meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece under the auspices of the World Peace Council, on December 9th-10th 2016, with the following joint statement:
The president of the World Peace Council Socorro Gomes signed the book of condolences for the passing of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, on Monday, 11/28/2016, when the book was opened for signatures by the Consulate General of the Republic of Cuba in São Paulo, Brazil.
Socorro Gomes has payed homage to the Cuban people and to comandante Fidel Castro, honoring "the greatest fighter for the noblest of humanity's values, social justice, equality of rights, sovereignty and peace among the peoples."
On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, celebrated annually on November 29 since 1977, the World Peace Council (WPC) reaffirms its resolute support for the
struggle of a brave people for national liberation.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) joins the initiatives that globally mark November 29th, proclaimed by the United Nations – resolution 32/40 of 1977 – as International Day of Solidary with the Palestinian People.
The Peace Association of Turkey, member of the Executive Committee of the World Peace Council, was shut down by the government of Turkey. Several WPC member organisations among them CPPC (Portugal), EEDYE (Greece), PANA (Ireland), US Peace Council, INTAL (Belgium), Cyprus Peace Council, CEBRAPAZ (Brazil), PCPS (Palestine), Soldiers Against War (Czech Republic) and Swiss Peace Movement, issued statements of solidarity with the Peace Association.