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Online Raising Peace Festival – 16th to 26th September 2021

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You’re invited to join ‘Raising Peace’ – an festival of over 30 organisations devoted to the pursuit of PEACE.

View the calendar of events here.
Register and book your tickets for events here.
All events are free.

The Raising Peace Festival will be held online from 16 – 26 September 2021 as part of the world-wide observance of the International Day of Peace on September 21. Each year on this day, the United Nations calls for 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

The impulse for peace within the Australian community has a long history and remains strong. But global peace feels increasingly threatened by climate change, the pandemic, militarisation, marginalisation and escalating local conflicts. Rather than standing for peace, some of our leaders seem to be eager to beat the drums of war. Raising Peace is a way to raise the profile of peace and to revive it as a topic of conversation, at a time when this is becoming an urgent need. Continue reading Online Raising Peace Festival – 16th to 26th September 2021

IPAN petition calling for a Royal Commission into the Australia-US alliance

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) believes that the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan needs to mark a turning point in Australian foreign policy.

The generation-long war has led to:

  • 41 Australian soldiers killed
  • 261 Australian soldiers wounded
  • Over 500 soldiers committing suicide
  • Over $9 billion in wasted public funds
  • Over 47,000 innocent people from Afghanistan killed (at a conservative estimate)
  • Millions of people from Afghanistan displaced

Travesty on this scale cannot happen again and can only be prevented by reassessing the Australia-US military alliance.   

We need your help – sign the petition calling for a Royal Commission into the Australia-US alliance. Continue reading IPAN petition calling for a Royal Commission into the Australia-US alliance

Inquiry into War Crimes in Afghanistan

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) has welcomed the announcement that a special investigator will be appointed to probe allegations of war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan and prosecute any criminal misconduct. This follows a four-year inquiry into possible breaches of law between 2005 and 2016.

In its media release, IPAN’s spokesperson, Dr Alison Broinowski, called on this process to be public and transparent and not determined behind closed doors.  The media release also called on the following measures to be adopted:

Continue reading Inquiry into War Crimes in Afghanistan

International Day of Peace 2020 – Shaping Peace Together

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together”. Celebrate the day and stand together with the UN against attempts to use the COVID-19 pandemic to promote discrimination or hatred. Join one of the following events to help shape peace together.

Refer to details of the Sydney celebration and the Melbourne online event below.

SYDNEY CELEBRATION – 20 September, 2pm to 4pm

Raising Peace Event
When: Sunday 20 September, 2pm to 4pm
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: 107 Project, 107 Redfern St, Redfern 2016

Continue reading International Day of Peace 2020 – Shaping Peace Together

Correspondence with the Minister

Marise Payne
Sen Marise Payne, Minister for Defence

A glaring deficiency in the 2016 Defense White Paper is the lack of any serious engagement with scholarship that questions the ‘US-Australia Alliance = National Security’ equation and its evident risks. This is quite extraordinary given the devastating impact of US involvement in the Indochina Wars (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos)1 and more recently the US invasion of Iraq and the de-stabilisation of Middle Eastern countries that has fueled sectarianism and the rise and spread of extreme jihadi groups like ISIS. Continue reading Correspondence with the Minister