Nobel Peace Laureate Calls For Ceasefire and Nonviolent Solution to the Conflict in Syria

Press Releases
“It is with the greatest sadness that the world witnesses the tremendous ongoing suffering and death of so many people in Syria. We convey our deepest sympathy to all those who have lost loved ones and/or been injured in the nightmare being experienced by the Syrian people. “In order to end this suffering we call upon President Assad and all opposition groups that are using violence to end all hostilities, call an immediate ceasefire, and enter an unconditional, all-inclusive dialogue and negotiations to solve the economic, social and political problems. Also to implement political reforms thereby respecting the voices of the Syrian people for political change. “Violence by the Syrian military forces will not solve the crisis but only cause more bloodshed and death putting at risk the lives of…
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Trident Ploughshares Founder Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Angie Zelter nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize The Scottish Parliament congratulates Angie Zelter, founder member of the anti-nuclear weapons campaign group, Trident Ploughshares, on being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Mairead McGuire, who won the award in 1976, and notes Ms Zelter's 30 years of peace activism, which is seen as inspirational and empowering in Scotland and around the world and which included, in 1999, being acquitted of damage to a Trident research barge in Loch Goil on the basis of what is considered the illegality of the UK's nuclear weapons under international law.
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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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