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Dec 21, 2010 - Peace Boat participates in new international campaign – the Human Right to Peace
The International Congress on the Human Right to Peace (December 9-10, 2010) was organized by the Spanish Society for the International Human Right to Peace (SSIHRL), in collaboration with the Forum 2010, the World Council of Churches (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Institute for Peace Studies (Alexandria, Egypt), as well as the co-sponsorship of numerous institutions from all over the world including Peace Boat and the Global Article 9 Campaign.
On the International Day of Human Rights (December 10), the draft Declaration on the Human Right to Peace was adopted by human rights experts, lawyers and civil society representatives, including from Peace Boat and the Global Article 9 Campaign, who gathered at the International Congress on the Human Rights to Peace in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on December 9-10, 2010. The Declaration is now the leading document on the human right to peace created by civil society and the main tool in just launched international campaign aiming to achieve the codification of the human right to peace in international law (declaration or treaty) and to be adopted at the UN General Assembly. It speaks of education for peace, human security, poverty reduction, disarmament and other basic conditions for sustainable peace formulated in 13 articles in the document. The International Campaign for the Human Right to Peace was launched in 2007, led by the Spanish International Human Rights Lawyers Association. After four years of intensive meetings, consultations and debates, international experts and activists finalized and adopted the draft Declaration on the Human Right to Peace, which will be presented in jurist and civil society forums all around the world in next months. In spring 2011 the Declaration will be introduced in Japan through serial of meetings with law experts, civil society organizations, officials and media, in which Peace Boat will actively take part.

The Congress in Santiago de Compostela adopted also the creation of the International Observatory to monitor and implement the Declaration on the Human Right to Peace, which will significantly contribute to prevent violent and armed conflicts in the future and guarantee life in peace and security to everyone.

Although there is a long way before the Declaration on the Human Right to Peace becomes an internationally recognized document, the holding of this Congress and the adoption of the draft Declaration on the Right to Peace are important milestones in international campaigns for human security and the world free of wars and armed conflicts.

"Nothing happens unless first a dream!" Carl Sandburg

The full text of the Santiago Declaration on the Human Right to Peace is here.

Read more about the Congress on Human Right to Peace, Santiago de Compostela, Dec 9-10, 2010 here.

Learn more about Forum 2010 and the conferences and events dedicated to culture of peace and peace education that took place in Santiago de Compostela through December here.

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