Launch of ‘Stop Rape in Conflict’ campaign on 11th May, 2012.

Mairead Maguire and Ann Paterson from the Peace People attended the official launch of the campaign in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  (8th May – 14th May, 2012) “WE PEOPLE OF THE DRC MUST STOP RAPE OURSELVES” (Julienne Lusange, Sofepadi, at launch of Stop Rape in conflict Campaign, Kinshasa,DRC. 11th May, 2012). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On 8th May, 2012, Ann Patterson and I travelled to the Kinshasa, in DRC, to join Yee Htun, Co-ordinator of the Nobel Womens Initiative International Campaign to Stop Rape in Conflict, and help launch the International campaign, to ‘Stop rape in Conflict’. This was being launched simultaneously in four Countries: Colombia, Kenya, Burma and the DRC in May, 2012. We had been invited to DRC by Julienne Lusenge of SOFEPADI, an NGO Organization working to support survivors of…
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A Submission by Mairead Maguire and Cindy Sheehan

Campaigns, Press Releases
We are two women and mothers – one Irish and the one American – who have experienced the loss of children in our families to the senseless violence of war. We hope that none of you will experience such pain. However, we know that our experience is hardly unique, and we have formed advocacy groups to end the violence and hold the leaders, militaries and paramilitaries of our societies accountable for robbing us of our loved ones. Among those who know the sadness are thousands of Palestinian and Israeli mothers, many of whom we have met in person. We have made common cause with them to end the grief, which is why we both support nonviolent solutions to a conflict that has taken their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and…
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RAUS International Conference In Bonn For A Self – Determined Afghanistan

Afghanistan, Campaigns, Training
Mairead Maguire and Ann Paterson attend RAUS International Conference In Bonn -Decemeber 2011. In December Mairead and I attended the RAUS international conference in Bonn for a self -determined Afghanistan. The conference brought together some amazing people who got together and looked at how best to support the people of Afghanistan. Mairead opened the conference with a speech that called for a world without war, she said the people of Afghanistan had suffered enough and they had a right to self determation, Mairead also called that NATO should be disbanded. We were priviliged to listen to a young women from Afghanistan,Malali Joya she is the youngest member of parliament, and to hear about the work she is doing trying to get the voices of women heard,this was inspring as we…
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Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Campaigns, Syria
The third international session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on November 5th, 6th & 7th (2011) The question submitted to the jury was: “Are Israel practices against the Palestinian People in breach of the prohibition on apartheid under International Law?” The full findings are available in English (and will be in french by mid december) The executive summary is available in French, English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew. All these - as well as the texts of the interventions of the experts and witnesses, main press articles and pictures of the event - can be found on the RToP website :
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‘May the walls of apartheid come thumbling down’

Campaigns, Israel/Palestine, Press Releases
Mairead writes on the upcoming Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Cape Town. ‘MAY THE WALLS OF APARTHEID COME TUMBLING DOWN’. (Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate) (l5.ll.2011). The Russell Tribunal on Palestine will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, On 5-7th November, 20ll. The International Jury, consists of Lawyers, writers, human rights activists, etc., The Tribunal will be opened by Archbishop Tutu. During the two day hearings, the Jury will receive many presentations, including: ‘The Law and Practice of Apartheid in South Africa and Palestine’ and ‘The Palestinian Right to Self-determination’. It is particularly important that this, the third Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (previous sessions were held in London and Barcelona) be held in South Africa. South Africa, a country which suffered racism and apartheid until the…
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