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.