Friends and Supporters of Article 9,
over a month left until the Conference, we have strengthened the
conference program and are in the thick of preparations. Many of you
have written to express your interest and indicate your intention to
participate in the conference. We are delighted and grateful for your
"GLOBAL ARTICLE 9 CONFERENCE TO
Snapshot: Education for Peace and Disarmament Workshops
renowned experts in the field of Peace and Disarmament Education will
conduct two participatory and interactive
theorist and designer of pedagogic materials and processes in peace
education Betty A. Reardon, along with Kathy Matsui from the Hague
Peace - Northeast Asia, will engage participants in
a process of inquiry into constitutional approaches to world peace
and consider possibilities for the legal prohibition of war and armed
conflict. What are the legal precedents and norms that provide
potential foundations for the abolition of war? What has to be done
to realize the possibilities they offer? What do we need to learn to
be able to engage in effective action toward their realization? What
should we do now, as individuals, to push forward this process of
learning toward action to legally abolish war? These are some of the
questions that participants will consider together, using Article 9 of
the Japanese Constitution as the core principle of constitutional
renunciation of war. The workshop "Article
9 and Global Citizenship: Educating
for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy through a Pedagogy of
will welcome 30 participants.
educator, author, activist, producer and consultant to the United
Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Kathleen Sullivan has
been committed to the nuclear issue for over 20 years, during which
time she has worked with youth, community organizers, academics,
government representatives and nuclear industry officials. In the
dynamic workshop, "Education
for Disarmament - the future of nuclear abolition",
Dr. Sullivan will educate participants about nuclear
dangers and engage young people in taking an active role in making
our world a better place. Realizing that there is a choice other than
violence to resolve conflict, participants will use their imagination
and energy to constructively respond to nuclear proliferation, and
create the conditions for disarmament.
workshops will take place on May 5, 2008 as part of the Global
Article 9 Conference to Abolish War.
|Close-Up Guest Profile: Professor Isezaki Kenji
Isezaki Kenji has considerable field experience in the areas of
development, conflict resolution and peace-building. He has worked in
many of the world's most affected regions.
devoting himself to regional development projects in various
countries as Director of the non-governmental organization PLAN
International and as a member of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation,
Professor Isezaki joined the United Nations.
He served in
2000-2001 in the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor
(UNTAET) as District Administrator in the sensitive Cova Lima area,
where he worked closely with UN Peacekeepers, UN Civilian Police and
UN Military Observers, as well as with the Indonesian Army.
He led the
Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration (DDR) Coordination
Section of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2002. He was
also a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Special Representative of the UN
Secretary General, coordinating the political and military process of
disarming nearly 50,000 members of pro- and anti- government militias
and overseeing their re-integration into society.
Special Representative of the Japanese Government for DDR in
Afghanistan, he directed until 2004 the difficult political process
of disarming various factions, including Northern Alliance forces, in
the efforts to end warlordism in the war-torn nation.
2006, Professor Isezaki Kenji heads the interdisciplinary Peace and
Conflict Studies graduate program at Tokyo University. He has
published four books and numerous articles on NGO management and UN
Isezaki is a co-initiator of the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish
War, and will share his extensive first-hand experience at the
Non-Violent Alternative to Contemporary Conflicts"
on May 5, 2008.
more information about the program, guests and venue of the
conference, please visit: http://www.whynot9.jp/_programme
|<ARTICLE 9 GROUPS IN GERMANY>
Vancouver to Vladivostok, groups have come together around the world
in support of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. In Germany, a
group was formed in Berlin in November 2007, followed by an other one
in Tuebingen in February 2008.
peace movement has long been interested in Article 9 of the Japanese
Constitution, in part due to the fact that Germany also has a peace
clause (Article 26).
than 6.000 initiatives in Japan are so far engaged to uphold Article
9. We want to support these groups," says Antje Kroeger, a
student of Japanese Studies and member of the Tuebingen Article 9
The idea to
set up Article 9 groups in Germany first arose in 1987, when the
German-Japanese Peace Forum first visited Berlin. In 1995, groups
launched initiatives to lobby for peace constitutions worldwide.
Berlin and Tuebingen welcomed the launch of the Global Article 9
Campaign in Japan, seeing it as an impetus to the Global Peace
hope for more initiatives in Germany and Europe to join the
Campaign", says Christoph Marischka, a political scientist who
works for the German Information Centre on Militarization. Actually
in Germany too, there is a ban on planning and waging wars, he
states, and according to the Constitution, the German army's only raison d´etre is
defence in a very narrow sense. Yet as in Japan, the reality is quite different.
Under the Treaty of Lisbon
- a new version of what was once called "the European
constitution" - member states are in fact to increase their
spending on "defence," a European Defence Agency has
already been set up, and out-of-area missions are multiplying.
initiatives in Germany are pledging their support to the Global
Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War. They have actively been collecting
material and translating them into German. Delegations from Berlin
and Tuebingen will participate in the
Global Article 9 Conference in Tokyo in May. Upon their return, these
delegates will present the positions and decisions developed at the
conference across Germany.
further information about the Article 9 Group
in Tuebingen, see: http://www.imi-online.de/seite.php3?id=15
BOLIVIA TO CONSTITUTIONALLY RENOUNCE WAR?
official visit to Japan in March 2007, Bolivian President Evo Morales
declared that his country should protect the lives of all its
citizens without possessing any army, and he announced to the press
that he would push for the new Bolivian constitution to renounce war
as a way of settling international conflicts.
December 2005 as Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales
committed to establish a new constitution that recognizes the rights
of all citizens, including the poor Indian majority, and that favors
a democratic and decentralized political system. In July 2006,
Bolivia established a constituent assembly composed of a wide range
of groups, including human rights organizations, indigenous women's
groups, educational and cultural institutions, and trade unions among
others, to draft the proposed text of the new constitution.
speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council in March this year,
Bolivia's Vice-Minister for the Coordination of Social Movements and
Civil Society Sacha Sergio Llorenti Soliz reiterated that the new
constitution would include a war-renouncing clause, linking it to the
democratic social revolution occurring in the country and calling on
the international community to recognize the human right to peace.
referendum on the Constitution will take place on May 4, 2008 - the
day of the opening of the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War.
If the referendum succeeds, Bolivia will become the largest country
in the world without an army.
PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE
are now on sale in Japan. They can be purchased at
Lawson convenience stores throughout the
country or by post office
you are not located in Japan, please fill out a registration form to
reserve tickets to be collected upon
payment at the designated reception areas at Makuhari Messe on the
day (in Japanese yen or US dollars).
download the registration form at
addition to the registration process, the Conference's website also
provides practical information regarding participation in the
Conference, such as visa, accommodation, access, and more.
officially invited by the Conference's Organizing Committee do not need
to register. Their transportation, accommodation and visa are being
taken care of on an individual basis.
you for your interest in and support for the Global Article 9
Campaign to Abolish War. We look forward to seeing many of you at the
conference from May 4-6 in Tokyo. In the meantime, feel free to
contact us to share your ideas, support, experiences and expertise!
| Newsletter Editor:
Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War / Peace Boat