Friday, May 1, 2015

WILPF 100th Anniversary Congress Passes Compromise Resolutions on Yemen and Ukraine

Draft Emergency Resolution to Be Adopted At The Centennial Congress 22-25 April 2015:

Protesting the Opening of  a New War Front Against  Yemen on March 25th/26th 

Date: April 13th 2015

Proposed by: Joan Ecklein supported by U-section, approved by Congress in ammended form, see below

Stop Bombing Yemen – Stop the Hypocritical „War Against Terror''“ Now - Comply With MINSK II“ *

Why should Congress approve?

Women assembled in The Hague 100 years ago to help stop all wars, we need to renew this effort.
The WILPF Aims and Principles as revised and adopted on August 5th 2011 and as laid down in a revised draft for adoption at The Hague on 23rd April 2015 are as follows:
„ World peace we work for“
Total and universal disarmament“
Abolition of violence and coercion in settlement of conflict and their substitution in every case by negotiation ...“
Strengthening of the United Nation System in full respect of its Charter“
The Draft Program 2015-2018 starts with protesting „against the madness and hororr of wars being waged in large parts of the world“.
So YES the Draft Resolution is related to existing program and policy.


As WILPF women representing countries from all continents, assembled to commemorate 100 years of efforts to halt all wars, committed to study the root causes of conflict and to the enforcement of International Law we are deeply concerned over the extension of another conflict zone in the Middle East.
We therefore strongly object to the military intervention in YEMEN carried out by 10 allied forces* with strategic support by major powers* beginning March 25th during the critical 5+1 negotiations with Iran.*
We are profoundly concerned over the extension of conflict in the Greater Middle East and North Africa as adding to the ongoing undeclared war against the people of GAZA, the destabilization of Syria since 2011 and the recent bomb raids under the pretext of fighting terrorism. We therefore recall that terrorism with alll its atrocious excesses must be and can be fought successfully under the UNSCR 2178.
Being alarmed over the exension of violence that followed the so called humanitarian intervention in Libya in 2011 by misuse of the respective UNSCR leading to the destruction of this prosperous Arab nation, we see paralells to the military interventions in Bahrein, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq since 2003, Afghanistan since 2001 and Jugoslavia in1999*.  All these wars have been waged over access to energy resources or for strategic purposes.
We cannot but also be seriously alarmed by the mounting up of aggression against Russia. We protest firmly against the NATO war manoeuvres presently being held under the rubric 'Operation Atlantic Resolve', stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea* . This  threatening of Russia is unjustified. Russia is by no means an aggressor but  on the contrary has provided its diplomatic skills successfully several times. It helped  to remove Syrias chemcial weapons in 2013 and contributed  to solve the Ukrainian conflict through the Minsk Agreements, see February 15th. We  approve  their of their efforts to protect their own population.
We protest against the policy of sanctions and demonisation of leaders of sovereign nations as we raise our voice against any policy of enemy image building as being incompatible with the UN Charter.
We strongly support all efforts of peaceful conflict settlement. In particular we welcome the Minsk II agreement as supported by UNSCR 2202 . We urge all sides to work for its implementation.(2398 characters)

Required Actions/Follow Up Procedure:

The text of this resolution must be widely publicized, in particular on WILPF- international websites and made accessible through  all WILPF channels. The secretariat and the IB as well as the sections commit themselves to  distribute it and sections translate it in their respective languages. All news channels will be provided with the text. Letters to the governments will be encouraged through the IB members  and  all delegates and congress participants.

Financial Implications: NONE
Being aware that footnotes are not usual in resolutions, as we are dealing with a situation emerging daily, we think it appropriate to document some details:

*Minsk II: 12 Feb 2015

• Immediate and full ceasefire in particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine and its strict fulfilment as of 00.00 midnight (Kiev time) on Feb. 15, 2015.
• Pull-out of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creation of a security zone on minimum 50 kilometres apart for artillery of 100mm calibre or more, and a security zone of 70km for MLRS and 140 kilometres for MLRS Tornado-S, Uragan, Smerch and tactical missile systems Tochka U.
– for Ukrainian troops, from actual line of contact;
– for armed formations of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine, from the contact line in accordance with the Minsk memorandum as of Sept. 19, 2014
• The pullout of the above mentioned heavy weapons has to start no later than the second day after the ceasefire and finish within 14 days.
• This process will be assisted by OSCE with the support of the Trilateral Contact Group.
• Effective monitoring and verification of ceasefire regime and pullout of heavy weapons by OSCE will be provided from the first day of pullout, using all necessary technical means such as satellites, drones, radio-location systems etc.
• On the first day after the pullout a dialogue is to start on modalities of conducting local elections in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and the Law of Ukraine “On temporary Order of Local Self-Governance in Particular Districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts,” and also about the future of these districts based on the above mentioned law.
• Without delays, but no later than 30 days from the date of signing of this document, a resolution has to be approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, indicating the territory which falls under the special regime in accordance with the law “On temporary Order of Local Self-Governance in Particular Districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts,” based in the line set up by the Minsk Memorandum as of Sept. 19, 2014.
• Provide pardon and amnesty by way of enacting a law that forbids persecution and punishment of persons in relation to events that took place in particular departments of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine.
• Provide release and exchange of all hostages and illegally held persons, based on the principle of “all for all”. This process has to end – at the latest – on the fifth day after the pullout (of weapons).
• Provide safe access, delivery, storage and distribution of humanitarian aid to the needy, based on an international mechanism.
• Define the modalities of a full restoration of social and economic connections, including social transfers, such as payments of pensions and other payments (income and revenue, timely payment of communal bills, restoration of tax payments within the framework of Ukrainian legal field)
• With this aim, Ukraine will restore management over the segment of its banking system in the districts affected by the conflict, and possibly, an international mechanism will be established to ease such transactions.
• Restore full control over the state border by Ukrainian government in the whole conflict zone, which has to start on the first day after the local election and end after the full political regulation (local elections in particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts based on the law of Ukraine and Constitutional reform) by the end of 2015, on the condition of fulfilment of Point 11 – in consultations and in agreement with representatives of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group.
• Pullout of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, and also mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under OSCE supervision.
Disarmament of all illegal groups.
• Constitutional reform in Ukraine, with the new Constitution to come into effect by the end of 2015, the key element of which is decentralisation (taking into account peculiarities of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, agreed with representatives of these districts), and also approval of permanent legislation on special status of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts in accordance with the measures spelt out in the footnotes, by the end of 2015. Source:

*10 allied forces: "Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at March 25th  7pm Eastern time".

*major powers:"The top US diplomat "commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis" and noted Washington's support "including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets," the State Department official said."  Source: -

 5+1 agreement with Iran is a historic and significant breakthrough. It represents a victory for peace and for the diplomacy of peace." 

*UNSCR On MINSK II Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2202 (2015), Security Council Calls on Parties to Implement Accords Aimed at Peaceful Settlement in Eastern Ukraine

*UNSCR: 2178

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