Kravet om Irak-kommission skal ind i valgkampen


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Hermed følger den udtalelse, der nu udsendes til Ritzau og aviser i
forbindelse med valgkampen. Den kan ligeledes lægges på hjemmesiden.
Med venlig hilsen
Bent Christensen
Udtalelse fra Danmarks Fredsråds bestyrelse:  
Kravet om Irak-kommission skal ind i valgkampen
Borgerkrigen i Irak fortsætter og synes udsigtsløs. Danmark har med sin
deltagelse i invasionen et medansvar for denne udvikling.
Danmarks Fredsråd foreslår, at en kommission både undersøger
beslutningsprocessen bag Danmarks deltagelse, Irak-krigens lovlighed, og
hvorvidt koalitionsstyrkerne har begået tortur eller andre overgreb.
Den sidste tids begivenheder, hvor lejesoldater dræber civile irakere og
ikke kan retsforfølges, er eksempler på forhold, der er uacceptable, og
som Danmark ikke kan ignorere.
8. november 2007
Bent Christensen, formand
Lave Broch, næstformand
IPB on Iran situation -~ a question of justice, law and survival
Geneva, Nov. 7. Last week six major powers agreed to draft a third UN
Security Council resolution on sanctions against Iran over its nuclear
programme. Officials from the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and
Germany will meet on 19 November to assess UN and EU reports. Meanwhile,
there are continuing rumours and warlike gestures, threatening strikes
against Iran, and this against the background of revived international
tensions and a re-launching of the arms race.~ These developments are
causing grave concern around the world. 
Yes, we must prevent new countries acquiring nuclear weapons. To reach
that goal, states that already possess nuclear weapons themselves must
renounce their claim that these weapons are indispensable for their
security, and commit themselves to making real progress towards nuclear
disarmament, as they are legally bound to do by international treaties.
This is a matter of justice and respect for international law. It is also
a question of the survival of humanity, since weapons always end up being
In the case of Iran, the heavy-handed attitude demonstrated by the US and
some of its allies like the UK and France, risks pushing the world into a
spiral of horror. The negotiations that have recently had some positive
results should be the only option; they have shown their effectiveness in
the North Korean case. Also, the Iranian people must be convinced that
they are safe from attack, contrary to what the partisans of the clash of
civilizations and those who favour a confrontation at any price might say.
The whole region of the Middle East must commit itself to disarmament. The
end of the occupation of Iraq, and the resolution of the
Israel-Palestinian conflict, will help to ease the tensions felt by the
peoples of this region who have suffered so much from war. 
The IPB, conscious that humankind has reached a critical point in relation
to nuclear proliferation, appeals to the peoples of the world to act now
to relaunch the disarmament process. Not only is the survival of mankind
at stake;~ disarmament could free up enormous resources that could be used
to respond to the challenges of development, the environment, education
and health - the essential building blocks of sustainable peace.
From: (Mr) Colin Archer, Secretary-General
Geneva, 8 Nov. 2007. The International Peace Bureau announced today that
it will award the organisation's annual Peace Prize to Jayantha Dhanapala,
a highly-respected Sri Lankan diplomat, who has devoted his career to
disarmament and global justice. The award will be made during the
international seminar entitled Books or Bombs? Sustainable Disarmament for
Sustainable Disarmament, to held in collaboration with the Institute of
Peace Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina from Nov. 11-12.
AWARD DATE: Sunday 11 Nov, 2007
TIME:10.00 am – programme available on request
ACCESS TO THE CEREMONY:contact IPS at: (+20) 03-483-9999. or email: [
mailto:mohamed.moustafa@bibalex.org ]mohamed.moustafa@bibalex.org[
mailto:mohamed.moustafa@bibalex.org ] or rania.emara@bibalex.org
Media Interviews available on request. 
Jayantha Dhanapala
Like Sean MacBride (see below), Amb. Dhanapala is a remarkable figure on
the world stage. His diplomatic career has been a distinguished one. After
his studies, he rose high in the ranks of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, so
that by 1995 he was Sri Lankan Ambassador to the USA. He had by then
already seen postings in London, Beijing, and New Delhi. He was also
Ambassador at the UN Office in Geneva, and became Director of UNIDIR, the
UN's Disarmament Research Institute. 
Dhanapala has made disarmament his special field of expertise, and he had
the honour of presiding over the historic 1995 NPT Review and Extension
Conference - and managed to find an ingenious solution acceptable to all
when most observers felt the Conference was deadlocked. He was UN
Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs from 1998 to 2003,and the
development of the Department under his leadership has been much
applauded. His profound dedication to the cause of disarmament is widely
appreciated, as is his genuine support for civil society efforts. 
Amb. Dhanapala has not neglected the challenging situation in his own
country, and during a difficult period was the Special Adviser to the
Prime Minister, charged with handling the delicate negotiations with the
Tamil Tigers. In 2006 he was Sri Lanka's candidate for the position of UN
Secretary-General.Dhanapala remains actively involved in several
international bodies and is a member of various expert bodies, for example
the recent Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction and in 1996 the
Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons< /FONT>. He has
also just been elected President of the Pugwash conferences on Science and
World Affairs. 
Personal website: [ http://www.jayanthadhanapala.com
About the Prize
Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that
has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights.
These were the principal concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished
Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from
1974-1985. MacBride began his career as a fighter against British colonial
rule, studied law and rose to high office in the independent Irish
Republic. He was a winner of the Lenin Peace Prize, and also the Nobel
Peace Prize (1974) – awarded for his wide-ranging work, which included
roles such as co-founder of Amnesty International, Secretary-General of
the International Commission of Jurists, and UN Commissioner for Namibia.~
While at IPB he launched the Bradford Proposals on World Disarmament,which
laid the ground for the first UN Special Session on Disarmament, held in
1978. He also launched the MacBride Appeal against Nuclear Weapons, which
gathered the names of over 11,000 international lawyers from all parts of
the world, many of them at the very highest level. This effort paved the
way for the World Court Project on nuclear weapons, in which IPB played a
major role. This resulted in the historic 1996 Advisory Opinion of the
International Court of Justice on the Use and Threat of Nuclear Weapons.
MacBride died in 1988, but the Prize was not established until 1992, IPB's
centenary year. 
The award is decided by the IPB Steering Committee. IPB members are
welcome to make suggestions and provide background documentation on
potential candidates. The Prize is a non-monetary one, consisting of a
medal cast by a well-known Irish craftsman.
About the IPB
The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World
Without War. We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910) and over the years 13 of
our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Our 280 member
organisations in 70 countries, and individual members, form a global
network bringing together expertise and campaigning experience in a common
cause. Our current main programme centres on Sustainable Disarmament for
Sustainable Development. We welcome your participation.
MacBride Prize Winners, 1992-2006
Mayors for Peace
Awarded in Helsinki to Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima; and in
Nagasaki to Iccho Itoh,Mayor Nagasaki (who was subsequently murdered).
No award made
Leadersof the Geneva Initiative on the Middle East.
Nihon Hidankyo, the Japanese hibakusha or survivors of the A bomb attacks
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.~ They have devoted the rest of their
lives to the elimination of nuclear weapons. 
Barbara Lee, only member of US Congress to vote against the war on
Rosalie Bertell, Canada-based public health advocate, scientist, author –
who has put her professional skills at the service of victims of nuclear
and other disasters. 
Praful Bidwai and Achin Vanaik, Indian journalists who have been at the
forefront of the international campaign against the nuclearisation of
South Asia.~ The IPB salutes their persistence, commitment and scholarly
attention to detail which have earned their work wide acclaim. 
Barbara Gladysch, Mothers for Peace, Germany, as a tribute to her
outstanding and long-lasting commitment, both to disarmament and to
practical solidarity with victims of war and disaster. 
John Hume, a member of the European Parliament for consistently advocating
non-violent solutions in Northern Ireland. Subsequently awarded Nobel
Peace Prize.
The Seeds of Hope group, UK for disarming a Hawk aircraft bound for
Selim Beslagic, Mayor of Tuzla, Bosnia, a key proponent of a multi-ethnic
solution to the Bosnian crisis.
The Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia, foremost among Russian
citizens' groups opposing the war in Chechnya.
Mordechai Vanunu, Israel, a former nuclear technician, sentenced to 18
years solitary confinement for revealing details of Israel's nuclear
Hilda Lini, Vanuatu, a former health minister who played a key role in the
WHO's decision to approve a request to the World Court on the legal status
of nuclear weapons.
Michael D Higgins, Ireland, a human rights lawyer, member of Parliament,
Labour Party President and Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and a former
Minister for Arts, Culture & the Gaeltacht.




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