Friends and Supporters of Article 9,
of this month, we would like to propose sending you regular news and updates on
the Article 9 debate and upcoming conference in May.
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ARTICLE 9 CONFERENCE TO ABOLISH WAR"
May 4-6, 2008, we will hold a large scale "Global
Article 9 Conference to Abolish War" in Tokyo, Japan.
the participation of Nobel Peace Laureates, intellectuals, cultural figures and
NGO activists, the conference will be a forum for dialogue and discussions on
the role that citizens of the world can play to realize the principles of Article
9, through promoting disarmament, demilitarization and a culture of peace.
three-day event is expected to attract up to 10,000 participants from all over
the world. The opening plenary session on May 4thwill feature keynote
speakers, including Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Cora Weiss, as well as presentations
by local, regional and international guests. During the following days, participants
will engage in a series of workshops debating contemporary conflicts and non-violence,
the contribution of Hiroshima and Nagasaki's experience to international efforts
to abolish nuclear weapons, the role of Article 9 in Asia, and the right to live
will send you more detailed information as the final program consolidates.
would like to inform you of the possibility for NGOs worldwide to organize their
own workshops on Article 9 related topics. Make this your conference!
application process is now open and the deadline for submitting applications to
the conference's organizing committee is February 15. Please
let us know if you are interested or know of interesting groups we should approach.
We encourage you to seriously consider this opportunity to bring your ideas and
voices to the event!
more information on self-organized workshops and application forms, please inquire
/ ABOLITION 2000 MEETINGS
2000 will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 3rd, during the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee taking place from April 28 to May
9, 2008 in Geneva.
like to use the fact that these events are occurring around the same time as our
Global Article 9 Conference to build momentum. A few A2000 members will fly over
to address an A2000 related panel at our Conference and report on the status of
NPT negotiations. Participants in Tokyo will then adopt a statement to be presented
in Geneva, as a way to push the NPT process forward.
9 is not just a provision of the Japanese law; it also acts as an international
peace mechanism towards reductions in military
spending, promotion of nuclear-weapon-free zones, ending violence against women,
supporting conflict prevention, and mitigating the negative environmental impact
of the military.
international individuals and organizations like you have understood this and
do support the campaign. If
you work or are affiliated with an NGO, please help us obtain official endorsement
from the institution. Your endorsement and participation
in the conference is crucial!
help us build an even stronger international network of individuals and NGOs by
spreading the word about the Campaign and Conference: encourage as many like-minded
colleagues and friends as possible to join our effort to save Article 9 and realize
its principles worldwide! If you or your organization are in a position to contribute
financially or recommend funding sources, please do so.
a list of current international individual
and institutional supporters, please see: http://www.article-9.org/en/about/index.html
may already be aware of the Article 9 Campaign website that provides information
about Article 9, developments and discussions about Article 9 in Japan and internationally,articles
and analyses on the global scope of Article 9, a list of international supporters,
and much more.
will soon launch a new English website for the Article 9 Conference. The site
will provide updates on the program of the Conference, international speakers
and participants, and all other information related to the Conference.
the Campaign website, please go to: http://www.article-9.org/en/index.html
the upcoming Conference website, see: http://www.whynot9.jp/index_en.html
DEBATES ON JAPAN'S CONTRIBUTION TO AFGHAN AND IRAQI OPERATIONS
Article 9 related debates have inflamed Japanese politics this
fall, especially around the renewal of the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law,
which has authorized the Maritime Self-Defense Force to refuel US vessels in the
Indian Ocean for their operations in Afghanistan.
Already controversial, the issue became a scandal after revelations
that some US vessels took part in US operations in Iraq in 2003.
The Democratic Party of Japan (Minshuto) and other parties
seized the momentum created by the expiration of the law on November 1st
to voice opposition and launch discussions on the topic. Because of the heated
debate and the lack of consensus, the Diet found itself unable to renew the bill
on time and refuelling operations have been put on hold since November 2007.
Determined to renew the bill despite vigorous opposition, the ruling
coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has extended the extraordinary
session of the Diet until mid-January - the first time in over a decade the Diet
remains in session over the holiday period - and threatens to use constitutional
tactics to by-pass opposition. The coming months promise to serve up many surprises.
DEBATE AND SUPPORT FOR
In July 2005, the UN-convened Global Partnership for the Prevention
of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) submitted an action agenda for North East Asia that
declared that "Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution has been the foundation
for collective security for the entire Asia Pacific region."
This fall, the Asia Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 and
Peace in Asia brought together religious leaders from Korea, Taiwan, Okinawa,
Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, United
States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.
three days of exchanges of ideas and discussions, the conference issued a final
statement calling on religious circles to support our campaign and encourage participation
in the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish Warin
read the conference's final statement, please go to: http://ncc-j.org/diarypro/archives/242.html
GPPAC 2005 Action Agenda for North East Asia, see:
Our May Conference will take the debate to yet a larger scale,
with people coming from all over the world to express their support for Article
9. Anticipated outcomes include an international declaration, an action plan for
global action, as well as the launch of an international network of civil society
organizations working towards peace.
count on your participation and look forward to your contribution of ideas, experiences
Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War / Peace Boat