Today marks one month since around 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails started a hunger strike, protesting the denial by Israeli authorities to respect basic rights, enshrined in international law, like access to medical care, against the torture and other forms of violence they endure and for the right to receive family visits, amongst other demands.
Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation and other Portuguese organizations are developing a number of initiatives denouncing NATO's and its Brussels summit, throughout Portugal, that will culminate in street initiatives in Lisbon and Oporto on the 24th and 25th of May respectively.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation, member of the Preparatory Committee of the Popular Celebrations of the 25th of April revolution in several Portuguese cities, participated in demonstrations throughout the country last April 25th.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) alerts to the gravity of the situation in the Korean Peninsula, following the reinforcement of the US presence and the intensification of its military pressure against the Democratic Popular Republic of Korea (DPRK), and to the unpredictable and dramatic consequences of a military escalation in this region.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) marked April 17th, International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails, with the release of the statement bellow. In this occasion CPPC reiterates, once again, its solidarity towards the Palestinian people and its just cause, and salutes the sister organization Palestinian Committee for Peace and Solidarity.
(the image reads: "Freedom for the Palestinian Imprisoned by Israel / Criminal is occupation and not those who oppose it!)
Joining in the celebration of April 19th, the World Action Day in Solidarity with Venezuela, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) salutes the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan people, and in particular our sister organization the Committee of International Solidarity from Venezuela (COSI).
In this occasion we divulge the position bellow cosigned by a number of Portuguese organizations in “Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan People”, that will be presented today in a public meeting to the Venezuelan Embassy in Portugal.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) strongly condemns the US bombing of Syria, today at dawn, denouncing its illegal character and totally contrary to international law. The direct US military aggression against this sovereign State, which follows six years of covert war, constitutes an intolerable escalation with consequences still difficult to foresee, given the high military tension that exists in this martyred country of the Middle East.
In the framework of activities against NATO leading up to NATO’s summit in Brussels the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation held a public seminar under the banner “Yes to Peace! No to NATO!” on April 1st in Lisbon, when the 68 years of this political-military block were being marked.
The initiative, that denounced NATO’s nature and objectives and stressed the need for NATO’s dissolution, had the participation of several Portuguese and of the Forum against War from Italy and INTAL from Belgium, country where next NATO’s summit will take place.
It was a magnificent Concert for Peace that completely filled the Rivoli Theatre in Oporto, last January. Promoted by the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC), it had the support of the Oporto Town Hall and the committed participation of several organizations and around 200 artists, from all ages.
In the hall of the theatre was an exhibition of poetry for peace from students of several Oporto schools.
Faced with the continuation on January 23rd, in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco of the trial of Sahrawi human rights activists, detained by the Moroccan authorities and already previously illegally prosecuted in a military tribunal on February 2013 and sentenced from 20 years to life imprisonment, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation promotes among the Portuguese organizations the subscription of the text “For the freedom of the Sahrawi political prisoners held in Morocco”.