International Peace Conference with the Irish Peace Society:
on Saturday 11 November 2006
at University of Limerick (John Holland Lecture Theatre, D1050)
- 11 November is Remembrance Day (War to end all wars? Genocide never again?)
- 655,000 killed in Iraq since 20 March 2003.
- One million (1,000,000) US troops through Shannon Airport since Oct 2001.
- The UN and the international community failed to prevent the killing fields of Cambodia, Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Congo and Darfur , and many more.
- Is the UN beyond reform as Ban Ki-moon takes over from Kofi Annan?
Purpose of the conference:
- To help peace activists continue their quest for peace and justice by sharing skills and experiences, and by reviewing strategy.
- Examine Ireland's complicity in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon/Palestine.
- Commemorate all those unlawfully killed in recent wars, including attacks on USA.
09.30: Registration, coffee, informal networking, book-signing
10.00: Hans von Sponeck - Global confrontation, human security and the imperative of UN reform - followed by questions and discussion
11.00: Minute's silence to mark Armistice signing 1918 and all dead in wars since 1918
11.01: Gernot Biehler - Ireland's responsibilities under international law in view of unlawful wars - followed by questions and discussion
Legal support for peace activists practicalities. Preventing conflict and creating peace by peaceful means.
Airport neighbourhood watch practical issues for monitoring crime and militarisation of your local airport. Facilitated by Hourigan, Conor Cregan.
12.45: Book launch: A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanction Regime in Iraq by H. C. von Sponeck
Strategic planning towards a diversity of strategies for the demilitarisation of Shannon airport facilitated by Kieran Clifford / Coiln hAiseadha
The role of the individual in UNCIVIL society - upholding and enhancing the rule of law: practical, peaceful and legal approaches. Facilitated by Edward Horgan.
16.00: Craig Murray: Why torture is counter-productive
16.30: Closing Session Expert Panel: Hans von Sponeck, Gernot Biehler, Craig Murray
Updates will be posted at www.indymedia.ie/article/79061