Friday, March 21, 2014

"Peace Women" in support of Ukrainian Maidan Activists, Condemning Russian "Agression"

We live in post- Orwellian times "War is Peace" 

Whereas representatives of European sections of the oldest international  women's peace organization "Wilpf", assembling in Berlin at the Heinrich Böll Foundation /Schumannstraße 45, March 22nd, 2014 refused to even deal with a draft resolution condemning the violent coup d'etat that took place in Ukraine recently  and  saying "No" to the following war hysteria directed against Russia, their International  office openly sides with the  maidens of Maidan. They posted on their web side : 
"We support the Ukrainian women in their efforts to bring order in their country. We support their protest against the occupier-aggression of Russia." On  posted by Madeleine

As a longstanding WILPFER with  ample international experience I strongly object to such one-sided, shortsighted positioning. It is our duty to inform ourselves and to condemn violence non discriminately. We must also condemn war propaganda and slandering of nations. Irene Eckert

Women's Statement on Ukraine

Statement on Ukraine from European Women, Meeting in Berlin, March 20th-23rd 2014

"On Februrary 22nd a violent and illegal coup d'etat took place in Ukraine. The self declared „government“, including a high percentage of right wing radical ministers has no legal backing.

We condemn the interfence in internal Ukrainian affairs as by the EU and respective official representatives of various European countries and the US. We respect the right of the citizens of the autonomous Republic Crimea to decide democratically about their own future. We respect the results of the referendum of March 16th as having been  in line with democratic procedures.

We demand from our elected polticians to do likewise and to return to a culture of dialogue and diplomacy, which includes refraining from threats and sanctions towards their "Russian partners". We demand to not apply double standards and  to respect international law.

As women, having worked  for peace  for many years, we condemn all methods of violence within the political arena. We condemn racist and discriminatory politics everywhere as not not compatible with the UN Charta and the  Universal Declaration of Human Rigths of 1948 as with  its follow up conventants and conventions."