The 17th regular congress of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) – Association of Anti-Fascists took place November 18 – 20, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 50 delegates representing anti-fascist and resistance fighters organizations from about 20 European countries participated in this congress. The congress included also a special awarding ceremony of the Michel-Vanderborght-Award as well as the commemoration of victims of fascist terror in Lidice. The congress of FIR was attended also by the World Peace Council represented by Milan Krajca.
The Czech Peace Movement co-organised a public meeting in Prague, Czech Republic on November 17 to commemorate the International Students' Day which was declared after the german nazi-fascist massacre against Czech students movement in 1939. Demonstration was supported by several peace and anti fascist organizations.
The year of 2016 was full of threats and aggressions against the peoples. But it was also a year of renewed commitment, mobilization and hope in the struggle for a different world which is fairer and based on solidarity, friendship and cooperation among the peoples. Coup d'État, wars and aggressions, invasions, sanctions and the growing militarization of the planet are a few of the imperialist forces' instruments in the promotion of their agenda of dominance over the world, assuring their interests. They cause chaos and humanitarian crises, devastating countries,
THESSALONIKI 9-11 DECEMBER 2016
NO TO THE PARTICIPATION OF OUR COUNTRIES
IN THE IMPERIALIST PLANS AND WARS!
-WE DEMAND THE ANNULATION OF THE BANNING OF THE PEACE ASSOCIATION OF TURKEY
The Greek Committee for International Détente and Peace, the Cyprus Peace Council and the Peace Committee of Turkey concluded their seventh meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece under the auspices of the World Peace Council, on December 9th-10th 2016, with the following joint statement:
The president of the World Peace Council Socorro Gomes signed the book of condolences for the passing of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, on Monday, 11/28/2016, when the book was opened for signatures by the Consulate General of the Republic of Cuba in São Paulo, Brazil.
Socorro Gomes has payed homage to the Cuban people and to comandante Fidel Castro, honoring "the greatest fighter for the noblest of humanity's values, social justice, equality of rights, sovereignty and peace among the peoples."
On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, celebrated annually on November 29 since 1977, the World Peace Council (WPC) reaffirms its resolute support for the
struggle of a brave people for national liberation.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) joins the initiatives that globally mark November 29th, proclaimed by the United Nations – resolution 32/40 of 1977 – as International Day of Solidary with the Palestinian People.
The Peace Association of Turkey, member of the Executive Committee of the World Peace Council, was shut down by the government of Turkey. Several WPC member organisations among them CPPC (Portugal), EEDYE (Greece), PANA (Ireland), US Peace Council, INTAL (Belgium), Cyprus Peace Council, CEBRAPAZ (Brazil), PCPS (Palestine), Soldiers Against War (Czech Republic) and Swiss Peace Movement, issued statements of solidarity with the Peace Association.
The US Peace Council issued an open letter and a report about the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States of America. Below you can find the letter, and attached you can find the report.
To Those Who Struggle for Peace and Justice
Mensaje del Consejo Mundial por la Paz
por el deceso del Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro
El Consejo Mundial de la Paz, se encuentra con pena y dolor por la pérdida de nuestro amado camarada Fidel Castro, el Comandante en Jefe de la Revolución Cubana, figura emblemática y líder del pueblo cubano.
Es difícil encontrar las palabras adecuadas para describir la vida y el carácter de un líder, quien dedicó su vida a las ideas revolucionarias, para la aplicación de los más nobles ideales de la humanidad en la construcción del socialismo en la isla de Cuba.