In her article published in Morning Star, Liz Payne, the Convener of the British Peace Assembly, looks back 70 years to when the World Peace Council came to Sheffield – against the best efforts of Attlee’s Labour Party.


Seventy years ago, from November 13 to 19 1950, a huge international peace conference was to have taken place in Sheffield, with thousands of delegates attending from across the world.

To its eternal shame, the Labour government of the day did everything in its power to stop it.

Following the news that the Kingdom of Morocco initiated, in the early hours of the morning of this Friday, November 13, a military aggression against Western Sahara, carrying out an incursion into Saharawi territory in the area of Guerguerat, after, in the last days information on Moroccan military activities with troop parking and armaments near the border.
In the face of this aggression, in flagrant violation of the ceasefire agreement in force since 1991, under the auspices of the UN, the Polisario front forces evacuated civilians from the area and responded to the attack.

The World Peace Council follows with deep concern the situation in Western Sahara and vehemently rejects Morocco's violation of the cease-fire agreement this Friday, November 13. We denounce Morocco's decision to send in armed forces, breaching the buffer zone agreed upon under the 1991 cease-fire arrangement, against the Saharawi civilians that have been demonstrating in the Guergarat region.

A strong earthquake on October, 30 hit the western part of Turkey and the neighbouring Greek islands in the Aegean Sea; and it caused the lives of tens of people in the province of İzmir, Turkey and the Greek island of Samos. Many more were injured and there was significant damage in both countries, especially in Turkey. The Peace Committee of Turkey expresses its solidarity with the people of Turkey, the people of Greece and the Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace.

The Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace (EEDYE) expresses its warmest solidarity and support to the people of Samos, to the people and to the Peace Committee of Turkey, which are suffering by the catastrophic earthquake of October 30, 2020, with tens of victims, hundreds injured and incalculable material damage in both countries.

The Greek Committee for International Détente and Peace (EEDYE), labor unions, self-employed associations, student associations, the Hellenic Women's Federation (OGE) and other structures of the peoples’ movement in Athens denounce and condemn the visit of General Secretary of NATO Jens Stoltenberg to Greece , on Tuesday 6 October 2020.

“Pompeo go home! Pompeo, the Minister of War is not welcome”.

"Neither land nor water to the murderers of the peoples!"

This clear message was sent by the working people and the youth of Thessaloniki with their mass participation in the rally organized by the Committee for International Détente and Peace of Thessaloniki, Trade Unions and Student Associations, against the presence of the US Secretary of State.

September 28, 2020

The United Nations Human Rights Council issued a report* by the Independent Mission to Determine the Facts in Venezuela (Independent Mission), which accuses Venezuela of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment committed since 2014.” The veracity, timing, and political intent of this report is best understood in the context of a campaign led by the U.S. to overthrow Venezuela’s democratically elected government of President Nicolás Maduro and before him of Hugo Chávez.

The World Peace Council (WPC) expresses its deep concern about the recent escalation of the tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over border disputes in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which have resulted in casualties on both sides, including civilians. This conflict, which has its origin more than thirty (30) years back, is a complicated matter in which various regional and global powers are indirectly involved.

75 years after the US’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the World Peace Council European member organizations, reaffirm the need to struggle for peace and end the arms race, and urgency to eliminate nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Marking the 75 years since this horrendous crime and on the UN’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (26 September), we underline the importance of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and call on countries to sign and ratify it.


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