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War Resisters International holds mobilizing conference

January 22, 2010 - INDIA

Ahmedabad hosts a conference of the venerable War Resisters International body, founded in The Netherlands in 1921, in a pivotal year. The 40th anniversary of the coming into force of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty falls in March, with a NPT review conference in May. WRI and affiliates are mobilizing for protests and events to highlight the anti-war movement and their opposition to nuclear weapons Indian activists Arundhati Roy and Ashish Nandy will address the opening session.

Ahmedabad hosts a conference of the venerable War Resisters International body, founded in The Netherlands in 1921, in a pivotal year. The 40th anniversary of the coming into force of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty falls in March, with a NPT review conference in May. WRI and affiliates are mobilizing for protests and events to highlight the anti-war movement and their opposition to nuclear weapons. Indian activists Arundhati Roy and Ashish Nandy will address the opening session. The theme is "Nonviolent Livelihood Struggles and Global Anti-Militarism: links and strategies." The international conference plans "to investigate the links between local nonviolent livelihood struggles and global militarism, including war profiteering," according to the organizations. "It will bring together campaigners from all over the world to analyze the role of states and multinational corporations in depriving local communities of their sources of livelihood, and learning from the experience of nonviolent resistance at various levels - from the community to the global - and at various phases, from preventing displacement to planning for return." The group asserts that there is an inescapable link between the globalisation-induced displacement, dis-employment and dispossession that are results of internal wars and ravage local, traditional and indigenous natural-resource based communities everywhere. "There is a linkage between these and the monstrous international wars - whether they are fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo or Somalia," WSF says. "The biggest challenge therefore is to build alliances that are local and global at the same time, and those that not only resist injustice but also present alternatives." Dec/09

WRI-India

Date written/update: 2010-01-22