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  • Global March to Jerusalem
  • UN: Fourth and Final Preparation Commission Arms Trade Treaty
  • World Conference against atomic and hydrogen bombs

Join the Global March to Jerusalem
The Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) is a new groundbreaking initiative organizing non-violent civil resistance on the 30th of March 2012 (Palestinian Land Day). The march will combine the efforts of Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all citizens of conscience in the world to put an end to Israel’s disregard for international law through the continuing occupation of Jerusalem and the rest of Palestinian land. 

GMJ’s plan is to organize massive peaceful marches towards Jerusalem, or to the nearest point possible according to the circumstances of each country.  Marches will originate from Palestine (the 1948 seizures, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) and the four neighbouring countries, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.  Internationals will participate in land caravans travelling through Asia or fly directly to one of these countries. 

Around the world solidarity actions will also take place to support the demands of GMJ: an end to the Zionist policies of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation of occupied territories. 

Global participation in the march will confirm to the world that these racist policies and practices of the state of Israel against Jerusalem and its people are a crime not only against Palestinians but against all of humanity. 

For more information, to participate or support GMJ contact 

Press TV coverage of the Global March to Jerusalem


UN: Fourth and Final Preparation Commission Arms Trade Treaty

The atrocities that are being committed in Syria have again
captured the attention of the United Nations when the High
Commissioner for Human Rights, Nayi Pillay, informed the
General Assembly that the current situation in Syria has
worsened. A General Assembly resolution called for the resignation
of President Bashar al-Assad.
Nevertheless, another much more pressing issue also captured the
attention of the UN. The nations of the world are preparing the
way to regulate commerce in arms, munitions, and related
equipment in order to halt or at least drastically reduce the illicit
arms trade which causes hundreds of thousands of deaths each
year, and creates immense numbers of refugees and internally
displaced persons.
The nations of the world have labored to establish the procedures
that will be used to negotiate the Arms Trade Treaty [ATT]. The
actual treaty will be negotiated at the UN headquarters in New
York in July this year. The negotiations will be difficult. The states
that produce and sell weapons have a vested interest in limiting the
scope and force of the treaty. Such states want the treaty to be
strictly about regulating commerce, downplaying humanitarian
concerns. Some states such as China, Egypt, Russia, and the
United States, hold reservations regarding efforts to make violations
of Human Rights, including gender-based violence, and
International Humanitarian Law, criteria for prohibiting the sale or
transfer of weapons to an offending nation. They would also
exclude as a criterion the deleterious effects of armed violence on
efforts to foster development.
Most NGOs want a strong and comprehensive treaty with
mechanisms to ensure compliance in order to safeguard human
lives and create conditions for human and social development.
Organizations across the globe have been campaigning for an
effective treaty to stop the illicit flow of weapons for a very long
time. In fact, the first attempts to bring about such a treaty go back
to the League of Nations after WW I.
At this point there is no guarantee that the negotiations will come to
a successful conclusion. Now it is necessary to influence global
public opinion in order to pressure the governments of the world to
negotiate, sign and ratify a comprehensive and effective treaty that
will help to save the lives and dignity of countless thousands of
human beings.
Churches and humanitarian groups are pleading that the public
support a strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), putting
pressure on governments to create an effective and comprehensive
treaty that will reduce gun violence around the world. is the website
to join the Speak Out campaign in support of the Arms Trade
Treaty. You can state why the ATT is important to you.

VIVAT International  Newsletter No. 52 Jan-Feb-March 2012
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For a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World:

We call for your participation in and support to the 2012 World Conference against A and H Bombs

March 21, 2012

Dear friends,

The summer of the 67th year from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is around the corner.  In these two A-bombed cities, the 2012 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs is planned on August 2 to 9, under the theme: “For a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World”.  We call on all of you who share this desire to express your support to, take actions in solidarity with, and participate in or send delegations to the World Conference.

Sympathizing the Hibakusha’s belief that “humans cannot coexist with nuclear weapons”, the moves seeking for the abolition of nuclear weapons are prevailing all over the world.  Anti-nuclear peace movements and a broad range of civil movements are taking actions to urge national governments, especially those possessing nuclear weapons, to start negotiations for a total ban on nuclear weapons.  Last December, the Malaysian resolution calling for a start of negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention was adopted in the UN General Assembly with the support of 130 member states. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in October 2011 called for achieving a nuclear weapon-free world for the sake of peace and security of humans, as the world population was about to reach 7 billion.  With the Hibakusha in the lead, our consistent call for a total ban on nuclear weapons is echoing throughout the world.

The greatest obstacle to the abolition of nuclear weapons is the “nuclear deterrence theory” which nuclear weapons states claim their nuclear weapons are the “guarantee of security” while criticizing the possession of them by others as threat, and the policy of relying on their “nuclear umbrella” (extended nuclear deterrence) for national defense.  However, that more than 20,000 nuclear weapons still exist on earth proves that the possession of nuclear weapons by one state could induce another nuclear development by its opponent.  Humans must get out of this vicious circle, and the Japanese government should play its role becoming to the only A-bombed country in the world to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Now, we are making a fresh start on the movements to achieve a “world without nuclear weapons”.  Along with the recent developments in favor of the abolition of nuclear weapons, a variety of grass-roots movements for peace and against war, for democracy, rectifying social gaps for a more just society have been developing all over the world.  The 2012 World Conference against A and H Bombs will be an opportunity to further develop joint effort with the United Nations, national and local governments, NGOs and grass-roots movements of the world, and deepen solidarity with such wide-ranging and diverse movements.

In order to make this historic World Conference a great success, we call on you to support it internationally as well as nationally by joining the following activities: Collecting signatures in support of the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons” in your workplaces, communities and schools; Holding A-bomb exhibitions to make known the A-bomb damage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the wishes of the Hibakusha; the National Peace March to walk across the country through May to August; Activities to achieve a nuclear weapon-free Japan by defending Article 9 of the Constitution and the Three Non-nuclear Principles.  We also call on you to deepen solidarity with the movements to support the victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident and to realize the eradication of radiation damage and a shift of Japan’s energy policy from nuclear power generation to renewable energy sources.

For a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world, let us achieve a great success of the 2012 World Conference as a rallying point where anyone can join, raise their voices and bring the experiences of grass-roots activities from your communities, workplaces and school campuses.
Provisional schedule of the 2012 World Conference against A and H Bombs
International Meeting (Hiroshima) August 2 (Thu)- 4 (Sat):
Aug. 2(Thu)   14:00-19:00  Opening and Plenary Sessions
Aug. 3(Fri)     09:30-12:30  Plenary Session
; ;          14: 00-18:00  Workshops
Aug. 4(Sat)   10:00-11:30  Closing Session


2012 World Conference – Hiroshima  August 4 (Sat) – 6 (Mon):
Aug. 4(Sat)   14:00-16:30  Opening Plenary
Aug. 5(Sun)   09:30-15:00  Workshops
Aug. 6(Mon)  10:30-13:00  Closing Plenary
; ;          19:30-20:30  Lantern Floating Ceremony
2012 World Conference – Nagasaki  August 8 (Wed) – 9 (Thu):
Aug. 8(Wed) 13:00-16:00  International Forum
Aug. 9(Thu)   10:30-13:00  Nagasaki Day Rally


World Conference against A & H Bombs
Organizing Committee
2-4-4 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8464 JAPAN
phone: +81-3-5842-6034
fax: +81-3-5842-6033


Another amazing sign of progress is Canada’s sudden legal uprising against Financial Tyranny. This press release was published on Jeff Rense’s site as of December 19, 2011.



Bank of Canada and Minister of Finance, Defendants



Toronto, ON., Canada- 19/12/2011


Two Canadians and a Canadian economic think tank confront the global financial powers in the Canadian federal court.


The Canadians plead for declarations that would restore the use of the bank of Canada for the benefit of Canadians — and remove it from the control of international private entities, whose interests and directives are placed above the interest of Canadians — and the primacy of the constitution of Canada.





As we read more about the Canada lawsuit, we begin to see how significant it really is.


Canadian constitutional lawyer, Rocco Galati, on behalf of Canadians William Krehm, and Ann Emmett, and COMER (Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform) on December 12th, 2011 filed an action in Federal Court, to restore the use of the Bank of Canada to its original purpose, by exercising its public statutory duty and responsibility….


The Plaintiffs state that since 1974 there has been a gradual but sure slide into the reality that the Bank of Canada and Canada’s monetary and financial policy are dictated by private foreign banks and financial interests contrary to the Bank of Canada Act.


The Plaintiffs state that the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the Financial Stability Forum (FSF) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were all created with the cognizant intent of keeping poorer nations in their place….


[This] has now expanded to all nations, in that these financial institutions largely succeed in over-riding governments and constitutional orders in countries such as Canada — over which they exert financial control.


The Plaintiffs state that the meetings of the BIS and Financial Stability Board (FSB) (successor of FSF), their minutes, their discussions and deliberations are secret and not available nor accountable to Parliament, the executive, nor the Canadian public — notwithstanding that the Bank of Canada policies directly emanate from these meetings.


These organizations are essentially private, foreign entities controlling Canada’s banking system and socio-economic policies.