ASIAN PEACE ALLIANCE
The Asian Peace Alliance (APA) formed during a Conference (August 29-September 1, 2002) in Manila, Philippines, brings together activists and civil society organizations from all over Asia in a common pursuit of creating a more just, secure, equal, humane and peaceful continent. The Conference had over a hundred representatives from Japan, Korea, China in the East, from Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, the Philippines itself, and from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh with fraternal delegates from Canada, the US and Australia, also attending. The Philippines government shamefully denied entry to the delegates from Afghanistan.
The APA’s founding declaration, unanimously passed at this Conference, urges the unity, both in Asia and the world, of the movements against neo-liberal globalization and of the peace movements. The APA recognizes that the forces that benefit from, and aim to sustain, the current unjust and deeply unequal world order are themselves operating internationally and coalescing behind the US government’s efforts to establish its worldwide hegemony. The US ‘war against global terrorism’ is, above all, the cover for US attempts to establish and maintain a global dominance.
Already, the countries of Asia are suffering from the consequences of this so-called war against terrorism. Colluding governments have used the fear of a selectively defined terrorism to push through draconian internal legislation eroding democratic rights. Governments accepting an ever expanding US military presence have only deepened the insecurities of their peoples by incorporating these regions in the US’s war planning programmes and political strategies. As it is, the steady and widespread institutionalization of neo-liberal policies has wreaked social,economic and ecological havoc throughout the countries of Asia.
The APA unequivocally opposes this growing militarism, which by its very nature can only reinforce patriarchal structures and anti-women ideologies and practices. The APA, in the name of peace, democracy, gender justice, social equality, economic and ecological well-being for all, commits itself to struggle against neo-liberal globalization and militarism in all forms. The APA strongly opposes the US “war against global terrorism”, which not only sanctions the US’s own terrorist and militarist behaviour but is the cloak behind which the US aims to fulfill its hegemonic ambitions. The APA opposes the US war on Afghanistan and condemns its efforts to wage war on Iraq. The fate of the dictatorial Saddam Hussein regime has to be decided by the people of Iraq not by Washington. The APA also declares its complete solidarity with the Palestinian people against the brutal and illegal military occupation imposed by Israel, the most dedicated ally of the US in West Asia.
The APA seeks to join hands with peace and justice loving people and organizations throughout the world including in the US in our common struggle to bring about a better and more humane world.
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in 2002