Open Letter from Irish Civil Society Organisations representing over 1 Million People to US President Joe Biden
The Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign for Palestine (IAAC-P) is a coalition of 23 Irish civil society organisations representing a collective membership of over one million people across the island.
We mourn, without reservation, the taking of all civilian life, in Gaza, in Israel and across the occupied Palestinian territory; and we condemn all unlawful acts which deliberately target or recklessly endanger civilians, including all acts of collective punishment against a population under siege. Continue reading “Statement by the Irish Anti-Apartheid Campaign for Palestine on Gaza and Israel”
Afri supports the call by the Citizen’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss to insert the ‘Rights of Nature’ into the Constitution, which was recently discussed at a meeting of the |Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action. Continue reading “The Rights of Nature”
Afri joins with the broad range of peace groups in roundly condemning the latest move by the Government to involve Ireland further in NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine, against the letter of our Constitution (Art 29) and against the expressed will of the Irish people. Afri is appalled at the arrogance of this government and the contempt that it shows for the views of the majority of Irish people.
In its recent ‘Consultative Forum’, assurances were given that Ireland would not formally join NATO but this is shown to be no more than empty rhetoric given that we are involved in doing almost all that NATO membership would entail. Given the proud record of former Fianna Fáil Minister Frank Aiken in promoting peace and disarmament Micheál Martin should hang his head in shame for his utter betrayal of this policy and his willingness to jump to the command of the pushers of war in Europe. Given that war presents the greatest threat to the survival of our planet, the Green Party’s collusion in this policy makes a mockery of any proposals they make regarding tackling global warming and climate change.
The online launch of A Force for Good? Reflections on Neutrality and the Future of Irish Defence took place on Tuesday, June 20th 2023. The book is a collection of essays by people with long and deep experience of working for peace and against militarism on this island and in the wider world.
Contributors include Nobel Peace Prizewinner Máiréad Maguire; Thomas Pringle TD; UCC Emeritus Professor John Maguire; Dr Karen Devine of DCU; Carol Fox of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance; and Tarak Kauff, former paratrooper with the US Army and now active member of Veterans for Peace.
The book is available from Afri for €10, including postage.
The Dublin-based Justice and Peace group Afri welcomes the pertinent comments of President Michael D. Higgins on the drift towards NATO. We share the concerns of so many citizens and groups at the recent distortion of our foreign and defence policies. These concerns have been sharpened by the inappropriate structure and purpose of the forthcoming ‘Consultative Forum on International Security’. Continue reading “Afri Applauds President’s statement on Ireland’s drift towards NATO”