Global Ceasefire Now!

Before the coronavirus crisis, XR peace planned to be in the streets from 1st June to raise awareness with our next Rebellion for Climate Security, Peace and Justice. To protect our health, care and frontline workers, as well as all vulnerable people (including ourselves and our families ), we’re putting our protests online with a series of leaflets and other relevant resources. Here is the third, which builds on the UN Secretary-General’s call for a Global Ceasefire and includes XR Peace’s five-point action plan to make it happen.

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GLOBAL CEASEFIRE NOW!

SAVE LIVES, BUILD INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND PEACE

On 23 March, as the Covid-19 coronavirus spread around the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire, saying: “End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.  It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere.  Now.  That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.”

“Armed conflict rages on around the world.  The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price.  They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19… Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable.”

Calling for diplomacy and dialogue to tackle the causes of conflict, Guterres referred to the “folly of war” and sounded the clarion call:

“It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives. To warring parties, I say:  Pull back from hostilities.  Put aside mistrust and animosity.  Silence the guns, stop the artillery, end the airstrikes.”

NO-ONE SHOULD PROFIT FROM VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION

A Global Ceasefire is necessary not only in Covid times, but for our future. To make this sustainable, legal and political steps must be taken not only to disarm and demilitarise warmongering groups and states, but also to build greater security, peaceful relations and cooperative institutions at local, regional, national and international levels.

FROM CEASEFIRE TO BUILDING PEACE:

  • Deep and irreversible disarmament: disarm the combatants; remove, dismantle and eliminate weapons and delivery systems, from guns and “small arms” to bombs and launchers, from grenades to nuclear weapons; use existing international law, treaties and agreements where appropriate; and negotiate further disarmament agreements where needed.
  • Peace must be built by people on the ground, framed with humanitarian and feminist rights and principles for good governance and the full and equal participation of women, who suffer dispropropionate impacts from the use of weapons, including sexual and physical violence. Mediation and reconciliation may also be necessary.
  • Address the roots of conflict, which include climate chaos and the destruction of forests, homes, and resources by greedy aggressors with geo-political, military-industrial or extractivist motivations; pressures and rivalries for land and water; space to grow food and live on; colonialist and patriachal histories that feed religious extremism, fragmentation of societies, violence against women and people with different ethnic origins; corruption; bad governance…
  • Demobilise and rehabilitate all combatants and put in place systems for retraining, education, counselling, care and support into peaceful jobs, with special support for refugees and children who may have been coerced into fighting and/or sexual slavery.
  • Tackle the causes and demilitarise relations among conflicting parties and economic factors that fuel conflict, locally and internationally, with priority given to ending the arms sales locally and the global arms trade, including production, transfers and proliferation of deadly weapons from predatory states and arms manufacturers.