Register here to participate on Wednesday 27th April: 6pm Kyiv, 6pm Moscow, 4pm UK time, 5pm Paris
The war in Ukraine creates multiple urgent needs for solidarity – with people most exposed in Ukraine, with those who have fled, with all of those welcoming and trying to help these people, and with those opposed to the war in Russia, Belarus and elsewhere. Many civil society organisations are highly mobilised to try to respond to these imperatives and deal with emergencies every day.
The war is again reshaping in many ways the security, human rights, social and ecological contexts across Europe and the wider Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, parts of which, like Syria, have been in a state of war for over a decade. It will be up to citizens and civil society to try to overcome new divisions both inside countries and between countries, both now and in future years.
It is imperative that the invasion of Ukraine fails, that Russian forces withdraw, that military hostilities cease and that alleged war crimes are investigated and brought to justice. Civil society has an essential part to play in each of these elements of ending the war, both through its own actions and in calling on governments to provide resources to those resisting imperialism. Our actions now will shape the possibilities of peaceful futures.
Civil society has an essential part to play in each of these elements of ending the war, both through its own actions and in calling on governments to provide resources to those resisting imperialism. Our actions now will shape the possibilities of peaceful futures.
With this assemblies we seek to open a space for civil society to focus and maintain public and political attention on protecting human rights and bringing an end to the war, to network and share solidarity actions, to share different perspectives and analysis of the consequences of the war and think together about what European and international architecture should be built to ensure peace.
This is why we are calling for No More War Citizens Assemblies online, on a rolling basis during, picking up on the spirit of the Helsinki Citizens Assemblies and building on the No to War Appeal published in January 2021, prior to the Russian invasion.
You can also read our recently launched declaration for Transnational Peace.