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2003-06: Peace as a Disability Rights Issue

WHEREAS war is one of the greatest causes of disabilities worldwide; and
 

WHEREAS the lasting effects of war adds additional, needless pressure on health and social service programs worldwide, and
 

WHEREAS the resources spent on preparing for, and the waging of war must be redirected to more productive, people-oriented purposes; and
 

WHEREAS on June 24, 1982, Disabled Peoples' International (DPI) adopted its Peace Statement at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima Japan, which was endorsed by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) at a National Council Meeting on January 19-20, 1985; and
 

WHEREAS in October 2002, DPI held its World Assembly in Sapporo, Japan, and the delegates included a statement on peace in the Sapporo Declaration:
 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NFB:AE:
 

1. Condemn the waging of war as an unconscionable waste of human and economic resources;
 

2. Endorses the statement of Disabled Peoples' International, (DPI) issued at Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan, June 24, 1982.)
 

LET ALL OF US JOIN TOGETHER IN A WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT FOR PEACE.

LET US CALL FOR ALL NATIONS' ECONOMIES TO BE TRANSFORMED FROM WAR ECONOMIES TO PEACE ECONOMIES.

LET US INSIST THAT THE $600 BILLION NOW SPENT ON ARMAMENTS IS DIVERTED TO SOCIALLY USEFUL PROJECTS.

LET US DEMAND THAT THE WORLD LEADERS NOW, IN THIS MOMENTOUS EPOCH, WHERE WE HAVE THE POWER TO DESTROY AND CRIPPLE, BEGIN THE ENORMOUS TASK OF REDIRECTING OUR RESOURCES, OUR PRODUCTIONS, OUR TALENTS AND OUR ABILITIES FROM THE CREATION OF THE WEAPONS OF WAR TO THE CREATION OF INSTRUMENTS OF LIFE.
 

The Disabled Peoples' International calls on all people to affirm this movement.
 

3. Endorses the Peace statement contained in the DPI Sapporo Platform, October 2002
 

Peace
 

As disabled people we are opposed to wars, violence and all forms of oppression. Daily, men, women and children are being disabled by land and personnel mines, and forms of armed destruction and torture.

We must work for a world where all people can live in peace and express their diversity and their desires.
 

4. Calls upon all nations of the world to redirect the human and economic resources currently used in the pursuit of war to more productive people-oriented activities.

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