The immediate recognition of the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination is a demand that urgently needs to be fulfilled and that calls for the solidarity of all those who aspire to a world of peace.
Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation
Today, September 21, is observed the International Day of Peace.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 and celebrated for the first time the following year, it is hoped that its annual commemoration will contribute to stressing the importance of defending and promoting peace – a right of all peoples – to respect the right to self-determination of peoples and the sovereignty of States – fundamental principles in international relations, enshrined in the United Nations Charter.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) evokes that it was 60 years ago, in August 1961, that the US began its cruel and miserable campaign of massive use of chemical weapons against Vietnam.
Of the various defoliants and herbicides with which the US sought to destroy the Vietnamese forest, Agent Orange has become known for its particularly harmful and long-lasting effects on human health – causing various forms of cancer and malformations to date – and on the environment.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) reaffirms its solidarity with the Afghan people, who are facing the tragic consequences of decades of interference, destabilisation and war promoted by the United States of America, NATO and its allies.
The withdrawal of US troops and those of its allies, who have militarily occupied Afghanistan for two decades, and the seizure of power by the Taliban, constitute an unequivocal defeat for all those who bet on war and occupation to impose their interests.
On the 76 years of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the
Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation recalls the nuclear horror
that killed hundreds of thousands of people, reaffirming the demand for
the end of nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction.
The American atomic bombings on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, which took place on August 6 and 9, 1945, were carried out at
a time when Japan was already militarily defeated.
The United States of America, particularly during the Trump
Administration, imposed coercive measures against the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela, which undermine the sovereignty and rights of the
Venezuelan people – measures that the Biden Administration insists on
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) has paid special importance to the promotion of the culture of peace, seeking that the artistic creativity and generosity of its creators – artists from the most diverse areas – contribute to the common goal of defence and promotion of peace, mobilising very diverse sectors for the enjoyment and participation in cultural initiatives and in defence of peace.
Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution and people was heard loudly on the
15th., near the Cuban embassy in Lisbon. At the concentration, promoted
by the CPPC in partnership with the CGTP-IN and AAPC-the Portugal-Cuba
Friendship Association (joined by other organisations), denounced the
blockade and the instrumentalization of the problems created by it to
destabilise Cuba and pave the way for new and more serious attacks
against its sovereignty and the living conditions of its people.
A group of personalities has agreed to sign an Appeal to end the sanctions on Syria, adopted unilaterally and outside the United Nations, that are worsening the situation of the Syrian population, which is currently facing enormous difficulties, given that, for ten years, Syria and its people are being victims of a war that has caused death, suffering and destruction, in addition to the sanctions imposed by the United States of America and the European Union, added to the effects of the pandemic situation.
June 23 was one more day of affirmation of solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban people on the occasion of the vote on yet another resolution demanding the end of the criminal Blockade imposed on Cuba by the USA. Presented by Cuba since 1992 to the United Nations General Assembly, it has since been approved by a large majority, demonstrating the isolation of the Blockade and that Cuba, free and sovereign, is resisting.