Stop the War Coalition Adopts CASMII's Resolution on Iran
by Ammar Qureshi (source:
The Stop the War Coalition (STWC),
the premier anti-war activist organization based in the UK, passed CASMII's
resolution in its annual conference in London on 30th October.
STWC is a coalition of different anti-war groups, consisting of local branches
throughout the UK, labour unions and student bodies opposed to war in
Afghanistan and Iraq, and socialist parties. STWC was set up in 2001 as a
result of US decision to invade Afghanistan- a decision which was endorsed by UK
government. STWC was instrumental in mobilizing millions of people who marched
in London against the war in Iraq and has been in the forefront of opposing war
STWC's annual national conference was held in Conway Hall in central London and
was attended by more than 300 delegates- drawn from different groups who have
opposed war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The whole day annual national conference
in London on 30 October debated SWTC's policies, strategy and campaigns for the
coming year. The continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, opposition to
sanctions on Iran, the threat of an attack on Iran, the siege of Gaza, and the
escalating Islamophobia in Britain, were the main topics which were discussed.
The conference was addressed by a number of notable guest speakers, including
former Labour minister and Chairman of SWTCTony Benn, former
soldier Joe Glenton,
who refused to fight in Afghanistan, Guardian journalist Seumas
Milne, anti war activist and politician George
Galloway and Joy
Gordon, author ofInvisible War: The United States and the Iraq
Sanctions. A number of
resolutions were proposed and passed during the conference Shirin Shafaie of
CASMII presented the resolution on Iran, which was passed by the house with
overwhelming majority; see the full text of the resolution below. CASMII was
also asked to nominate a person to become member of the SWTC's steering
committee- which consists of about 20 members. CASMII has accepted the
invitation to nominate a member for the steering committee.
No War or Sanctions against Iran
Submitted by Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in
This conference notes:
President Obama has not rescinded the Bush Administration's policy of covert
operations to destabilise the Islamic Republic of Iran by supporting
terrorist organisations of Jondollah, Pjak and MKO.
Despite baseless accusations of the West, the IAEA has found no evidence of
a nuclear weaponisation programme in Iran.
April 2010, the government of Iran organised the International Conference
for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation in Tehran which called for
global nuclear disarmament and for a Middle East free of WMD.
non-aligned movement consisting of 118 countries defended Iran's nuclear
programme in September 2010 and warned against political pressure on the
IAEA while criticising its new Director General for biased reporting against
recent 2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll, carried out by Zogby International in
six major Arab countries, asked the local population to name two countries
that pose the biggest threat to them - 88% said Israel, 77% said the US and
only 10% said Iran.
May 2010, strongly urged by President Obama, Brazil and Turkey brokered the
Tehran Declaration in which Iran, as requested by the US, agreed to transfer
1200 kg of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel rods for
medical purposes. However, the agreement was immediately dismissed by the US
who responded by drafting a resolution for a new round of UN Security
Council sanctions against Iran, which was followed by additional and
unilateral US and EU sanctions.
the completely discredited accusations of supporting terrorism, links to
Al-Qaida and clandestine WMD programme, used to make the case for war on
Iraq, are now being used against Iran.
This conference believes:
differences between the US and Iran must be resolved through negotiations
and respect for Islamic Republic of Iran's right to exist and its civilian
Iran's nuclear issue should be returned from the UN Security Council to the
IAEA and resolved through continued negotiations and not sanctions or
latest US sanctions under the pretext of human rights violations in Iran is
the ultimate hypocrisy given the US extensive record of illegal wars of
aggression, war crimes and systematic human rights violations in the region.
Sanctions, foreign state interference, destabilisation programme and Western
military threats have created a state of siege in Iran greatly harmful to
the cause of human rights, democratic rights and the civil society
organisations and aspirations of Iranian people.
Sanctions against Iran together with the massive build-up of US military
forces and unprecedented US arms sales to the Persian Gulf countries can be
the prelude to a new and even more catastrophic war once more on false
This conference resolves:
Stop the War Coalition will allocate resources to lobby MPs, challenge media
distortions on Iran and mobilise support in the trade unions and students
unions and all affiliated organisations to include in their demands "No War
or Sanctions against Iran!"
Stop the War Coalition will demand from the Cameron and Clegg government:
(i) to publicly oppose any military intervention and any new sanctions against
(ii) to revoke the EU and UN Security Council sanctions against Iran, including
those against Iran's civilian aviation industry which have already resulted in
dozens of domestic air plane crashes killing thousands of passengers.
(iii) to enter into unconditional negotiations with Iran to resolve the
stand-off in a peaceful way by respecting the Islamic Republic of Iran's
sovereignty and its civilian nuclear programme.
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