Finnish Peace Committee – a short description

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The Finnish Peace Committee was founded in 1949 as politically independent non-govenrment organisation. It aims at promoting peace, disarmament, tolerance, human rights and global equality.
Social justice and clean environment are regarded cornerstones for building the citizens’ security.

The Finnish Peace Committee is one of foremost organizations of the peace movement in Finland, and it opposes to Finland’s membership to NATO or WEU and supports Finland to work with the UN, and to remain outside of any military allies.

The Finnish Peace Committee publishes the magazine Rauhan puolesta both in print and online, it organises seminars, distributes pamphlets, and lobbies for peace and human rights. One of the most important annual events is the UN Disarmament week in October. It has particularly criticised Finland’s refusal to participate in international treaties banning nuclear and cluster bombs.

Current development co-operation projects take place in Angola, Nicaragua.
The Finnish Peace Committee participates in the network and other activities with many international organisations. The Finnish Peace Committee is a member organisation in the
International Peace Bureau which was founded in 1892. The Finnish Peace Committee keeps active contacts with the World Peace Council.

There are about 2,500 members in the Finnish Peace Committee all over Finland

Security Policy
The Finnish Peace Committee participated in the activities against NATO membership in March in connection with the NATO high level conference held in Finland. Grassroots level anti-NATO activities were organised in Helsinki, Juuka, Jyväskylä, Turku, Vantaa, Kemi.
The Finnish Peace Committee áctively discussed Finland’s participation in Afghanistan, and sent an active member to visit the country. The book will be published.

Western Sahara and Swaziland were the main interest areas in Africa.
Middle-East and Palestine is an important issue. The book by Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse about Gaza Strip was published in Finnish.

Peace Education
Peace Education Institute was supported and the book Cultural Encounters was published.

Nuclear Nonproliferation
The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons,NPT has 189 signatory states including the People’s Republic of China, France, Russian Federation, the UK, and the United States.Notable non-signatories to the NPT are Israel, Pakistan, and India.
Uranium weapons are not currently banned by Arms Control Law. However, as their use clearly runs counter to several principles of International Humanitarian Law, there is a growing acceptance among states and policy makers that a solution is required to outlaw their use. ICBUW supports the development of a treaty ban on the use of uranium in non-nuclear weapons but a successful outcome will depend on a shift in thinking away from the simple cause and effect impact of landmines and cluster munitions towards a new paradigm based on precaution. Progress is underway, and the growing disquiet over uranium weapons was reinforced by a third landslide resolution at the UN General Assembly with 148 states backing calls for more transparency over where the weapons have been used.
Full transparency is a crucial issue when seeking to minimise the hazards to civilians from the use of uranium weapons. While varying in their approach to the risks from depleted uranium, the World Health Organisation, International Atomic Energy Agency and United Nations Environment Programme all highlight the importance of hazard awareness and remediation work on contaminated sites.

General bi-annual Conference was held in April 2010.
The chairperson is Mr Markku Kangaspuro, Helsinki.
Vice-chairpersons Ms. Kirsti Era, Juuka and Ms. Tuula Sykkö, Kemi.
The other board members ( 17) come from different parts of Finland:
Leena Ikävalko-Kurittu, Jyväskylä
Tarja Jalovaara, Tampere,
Tarja Juhila, Pori
Anna-Liisa Karpov, Turku
Pekka Koskinen, Helsinki
Leona Kotilainen, Helsinki
Jussi Lilja, Helsinki
Stig Lång, Vaasa
Karim Maiche, Toijala
Teemu Matinpuro, Helsinki
Raimo Parviainen, Tampere
Tanja Pelttari, Porvoo
Tapio Solala, Pori
Heikki Tervahattu, Helsinki
Juha-Pekka Väisänen, Helsinki
Esa Ylikoski, Vantaa
Mauri Perä

The Finnish Peace Committee is a publisher and 12 books about sustainable development, peace education, social justice and global peace issues were published.

The Wokrplaces Peace Movement is part of The Finnish Peace Committee acitivities: every year an excursion to meet the peace movement and trade union members in St Petersburgh is organised as well as an annual Finnish trade unionists/workplaces event. The Peace Committee for the work places/trade unionists has 29 members from all over Finland.


Nuclear Power – Costs, Risks and Myths of Nuclear Power

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Reaching Critical Will Update

Report on the Costs, Risks and Myths of Nuclear Power

Costs, risks, and myths of nuclear power: NGO world-wide study on the implications of the catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station is a collaborative work of non-governmental researchers, scientists, and activists.

It was released on 11 September 2011, six months after the disaster at Fukushima and in advance of the high-level meeting on nuclear safety and security that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene at the United Nations on 22 September.

Its release is also timed to coincide with the UN system-wide study of the implications of Fukushima commissioned by Ban.

Lapland Peace Committee recommends this publication.

Women for Peace – International Movement

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War is waged between two or more states but contemporary conflicts are at least as destructive and horrible as a so called “regular” war. It is women and children and the elderly who increasingly suffer the most. In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children. Women in war-torn societies may face devastating forms of sexual violence, which are sometimes deployed systematically to achieve military or political objectives. Women are the first to be affected by infrastructure breakdown, as they struggle to keep families together and care for the wounded. And women may also be forced to turn to sexual exploitation in order to survive and support their families.

Even after conflict has ended, the impacts of sexual violence persist, including unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and stigmatization. Widespread sexual violence itself may continue or even increase in the aftermath of conflict, as a consequence of insecurity and impunity. Coupled with discrimination and inequitable laws, sexual violence can prevent women from accessing education, becoming financially independent and from participating in governance and peacebuilding.

Moreover, women continue to be poorly represented in formal peace processes, although they contribute in many informal ways to conflict resolution. In recent peace negotiations, for which such information is available, women have represented fewer than 8 percent of participants and fewer than 3 percent of signatories, and no woman has ever been appointed chief or lead mediator in UN-sponsored peace talks. Such exclusion invariably leads to a failure to adequately address women’s concerns, such as sexual and gender-based violence, women’s rights and post-conflict accountability.

United Nations Resolutions
However, the UN Security Council now recognizes that women’s exclusion from peace processes contravenes their rights, and that including women and gender perspectives in decision-making can strengthen prospects for sustainable peace. This recognition was formalized in October 2000 with the unanimous adoption of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The landmark resolution specifically addresses the situation of women in armed conflict and calls for their participation at all levels of decision-making on conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Since the agenda was set with the core principles of resolution 1325, four supporting resolutions have been adopted by the Security Council — 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960. The five resolutions focus on three key goals:

•Strengthening women’s participation in decision-making— Resolution 1325 (2000) calls for strengthening women’s agency as peacemakers and peacebuilders, including their participation in conflict prevention and peace processes, early recovery, governance and in peace operations. Resolution 1889 (2009) complements 1325 by calling for the establishment of global indicators to measure progress on its implementation.
•Ending sexual violence and impunity — Resolution 1820 (2008) calls for an end to widespread conflict-related sexual violence and for accountability in order to end impunity. Resolution 1888 (2009) focuses on strengthening leadership, expertise and other institutional capacities within the United Nations and in member states to help put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.
•Provide an accountability system — Resolution 1960 mandates the Secretary-General to list those parties credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for patterns of sexual violence in situations on the Council’s agenda. Relevant sanctions committees will be briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and may take action against listed parties. SCR 1960 also calls for the establishment of monitoring, analysis, and reporting arrangements specific to conflict-related sexual violence.
Together, these resolutions provide a powerful framework and mandate for implementing and measuring change in the lives of women in conflict-affected countries. A number of other thematic resolutions, policies and legal instruments also overlap and complement this agenda.

UN Women’s Approach
Since the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325, UN Women’s work on peace and security issues has been driven by its goals. UN Women supports projects that focus on increasing women’s participation in decision-making, promoting the use of gender perspectives in policy development, strengthening the protection of women affected by conflict, countering conflict-related sexual violence, amplifying calls for accountability and advancing the status of women in post-conflict settings.

UN Women programming focuses on four key thematic areas:

•Security & Justice
•Sexual & Gender-Based Violence
•Post-Conflict & Humanitarian Planning

Source: UniFem – UN Fund for Women

Kansalaiskeskustelu ydinvoimasta jatkuu – professori Gordon Edwards Simossa 10.1.2010

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Ydinvoima ja ydinaseet liittyvät kiinteästi toisiinsa, toteaa Gordon Edwards ja selittää
Kanadalainen  professori GORDON EDWARDS kertoo faktatietoa ydinvoimasta ja ydinaseista 

 PAIKKA Simo,  Maksniemen koulu,  SUNNUNTAI  10.1.2010 klo 10:00-14:00  


 Tilaisuus tulkataan ja siihen on vapaa pääsy.

 Lisätietoa  Gordon Edwardsista:

 Tilaisuuden loppuaika (klo.13.30-14.00) on varattu erityisesti toimittajia varten.

 Gordon Edwards on Kanadan näkyvin ydinvoima- ja uraanikriittinen  vaikuttaja. Hänet on palkittu kansainvälisesti rauhankasvattajana ja hän perusti vuonna 1976 Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility-  yhteenliittymän ja toimii sen puheenjohtajana edelleenKoulutukseltaan matemaatikko ja fyysikko ja toimii matematiikan professorina Vanierin yliopistossa

Hän on toiminut ydinvoima- asiantuntijana laajalti mm. /strong>erilaisissa hallituksen elimissä ja kirjoittanut paljon aiheesta.

Gordon Edwards on esiintynyt radiossa ja televisiossa ja osaa kertoa ydinfysiikka ja -teknologia-asioista kansantajuisesti.

 Gordon Edwardsista ja hänen saavutuksistaan ja tuotoksistaan voi lukea:

Katsottavissa esitys ydinvoiman ympäristöhaitoista syyskuulta  2009:    

Gordon Edwards aloittaa 10-päivän Suomen kiertueensa Helsingistä

8.1.2010. Lapissa on kaksi tilaisuutta: ensimmäinen tilaisuus on

Rovaniemellä 9.1.2010 ja toinen Simossa 10.1.2010. Edwards suuntaa

Oulun, Pyhäjoen, Loviisan ja Ruotsinpyhtään, Joensuun ja  Kajaanin

kautta Helsinkiin palatakseen takaisin Kanadaan

Lapland Peace Committee: Hiroshima Day 2009

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 On Hiroshima Lapland Peace Committee organises an event out-of-doors. Most often on the shore of the Baltic Sea, and at the end of the event the candles are lit and let to float on the sea for a while. There is always some singsong, too. All this is carried out to commemorate the first victims of nuclear weapons.  


 Vuonna 2009 järjestettyyn Hiroshima-päivän tapahtumaan osallistujia oli kolmasosa viime vuonna Laitakarissa järjestetystä tapahtumasta, mutta tärkeää on ylläpitää rauhantyön toimintaa ja asioista keskustelua.

Tapahtuman aluksi kuunneltiin John Lennonin Legend-CD:ltä hänen säveltämänsä ja sanoittamansa Imagine –kappale. Vapaasti suomentaen: “Ei valtioita, ei enää tappamista, ei uskontoakaan. Ihmiskunta elää rauhassa. Sanot varmaan että haaveilen, mutta jos sinä liityt mukaan ja moni muu, niin maailmaa muutamme.”

-Hiroshiman ja Nagasakin ydinpommituksista on kulunut 64 vuotta, ja yhä meitä rauhantyötä tekeviä ihmisiä tarvitaan muistuttamaan siitä, että tällaista ei saa koskaan enää tapahtua. Vaikka Hiroshimassa käytetty pommi oli vain 5 % siitä tehosta, joka on nykyisissä pommeissa, kuitenkin tuhovoima oli kauhea: noin 70 000- 80 000 ihmistä kuoli välittömästi. Lisäksi saman verran ihmisiä loukkaantui vakavasti – tämä merkitsi 60 % Hiroshiman asukkaista. Lämpötila oli korkeimmillaan yli miljoona astetta. Kolme päivää myöhemmin saman kohtalon koki Nagasaki, jossa välittömästi kuolleiden määrä oli 74 000 ja vakavasti loukkaantuneiden määrä 75 000,  totesi  Lapin Rauhanpuolustajien puheenjohtaja Tuula Sykkö puheessaan.

Hän esitteli paperista taitettuja lintuja,  kurkia, joihin liittyy erään hiroshimalaisen tarina.  Kun Sadako Sasaki oli kaksivuotias, hänen kotikaupunkiinsa Hiroshimaan pudotettiin atomipommi. Sasaki selvisi räjähdyksestä, mutta altistui voimakkaalle säteilylle. Kymmenen vuotta myöhemmin hän leukemiaan ja sairaalahoitoon. Sasakin luona sairaalassa kävi koulukaveri, joka teki hänelle lahjaksi paperikurjen. Japanilaisen uskomuksen mukaan tuhat paperikurkea taitelleen toive toteutuu. Sasaki alkoi taitella kurkia itse, ja hän ehti tehdä yli  600 paperikurkea ennen kuolemaansa lokakuussa 1955. – Elossa on vielä niitä ihmisiä, jotka kokivat omakohtaisesti tämän kauheuden. Heistä kertova TV-dokumentti nähtiin viimeksi YLE-Teema-kanavalla su 2.8.2009 vaikkei juuri muuten tiedotusvälineissä ole elokuun alun 1945 ydinpommituksista ollut mainintaa.  -Ne jotka jäivät eloon ovat kärsineet vammojen lisäksi syrjintää. Japanin hallituksen mukaan  eloonjääneiden hibakushien määrä oli vuonna 2008 243 692 ja heidän keskimääräinen ikänsä 75 vuotta.  -Tässä on mukana Japanista nukke, joka esittää juhla-asuun pukeutunutta nuorta japanilaista naista. Tällaista tulevaisuutta moni tyttö toivoi itselleen, mutta haaveet murskaantuivat yhdessä hetkessä niiltä tytöiltä jotka sattuivat asumaan tai oleskelemaan Hiroshimassa tai Nagasakissa. Yksi heistä oli Sadako Sasaki, joka on ikuistettu patsaaksi  Hiroshiman rauhanpuistoon kultaisen kurjen kanssa. Patsaaseen on kaiverrettu:”Tämä on meidän huutomme. Tämä on meidän rukouksemme. Rauha maailmaan.”

 -Hiroshiman ja Nagasakin tapahtumat eivät saa toistua. Siihen työhön meitä kutsuu mukaan Hiroshiman kaupunginjohtaja Tadatoshi Akiba,  joka vuodesta 1982 on vedonnut kaupunginjohtajiin kaikkialla maailmassa. Hän aloitti maailmanlaajuisen kaupunkitasolla toimivan Mayors for Peace –yhteistyöverkoston, jolla on neuvoa-antava asema YK:ssa. Melkein 3000 kaupunkia on mukana verkostossa – myös suomalaisia kaupunkeja on mukana. Lapin kaupungeille on esitetty aloite liittyä mukaan –ja Kemin kaupungille useamman kerran – mutta toistaiseksi tuloksetta, totesi kaupunginvaltuutettunakin toimiva Sykkö.





Kemin Takajärven rannassa pidetyn Hiroshima-tapahtuman osallistujille jaettiin muistoksi paperista taiteltuja kurkia ja kurjen taitto-ohjeet:

Imagine lyrics by Johan Lennon

Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try

No people below us, above it’s only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today


Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do

No need to kill or die for and no religions too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace


You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one


Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger a brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing for the world


You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one


You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

Take my hand and join us

And the world will live, will live as one


‘Hiroshima Day’

 Hiroshima Day is to commemorate the worlds’ first use of nuclear weapons on human beings. The names of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known around the world — yet most people remain ignorant of the reality and the meaning of atomic destruction. The suffering experienced by the A-bomb victims was beyond imagination, a blow unprecedented in human history.

The total deaths following the exposure of the bombs by the end of 1945 totalled 140,000 (+ or – 10,000) in Hiroshima and 70,000 (+ or – 10,000) in Nagasaki. This terrible horrific act took less than 20 seconds for both cities. Many more thousands died later from after effects of radiation.


The children’s peace monument was completed May 5, 1958. The Peace Memorial Park holds many monuments all dedicated to the A-bomb victims. Each and every one of these monuments in Hiroshima’s Peace Park, beyond its specific purpose, embodies the common desire that nuclear weapons be abolished and world peace be realized.



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Lapland Peace Committee 2007: Afghanistan and UNIFEM

Posted On thUTCp30UTC09bUTCTue, 25 Sep 2007 16:50:27 +0000 25,2007

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It was not any surprise that the UN Security Council made a resolution of extending the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan by one more year.

Of those 50,000 international troops some come from our neigbourhood here in Finland.

Let us hope that peace will be reached and social justice will find its way in this beautiful mountaineous country with many contrasting features.

UNIFEM aims at improving the women’s and girls’ education through literacy and other classes as well providing with support in living conditions.