Where Next for the Global Anti-War andAnti-Globalization Movements?

01 September 2004
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Beirut Assembly

Where Next for the Global Anti-War and Anti-Globalization Movements?
An International Strategy Meeting
Beirut, Lebanon, 17-19 September 2004

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The Beirut Declaration
Declaration of an international strategy meeting of anti-war and anti-globalisation movements
Beirut, Lebanon on 17-19 September 2004

Full document including annexes and signatories available in PDF

We are delegates from social movements, organizations, political parties, networks, and coalitions from 54 countries who are struggling for global peace and justice and who are committed to equality, solidarity, and diversity. We are from Latin America, North America, Asia and Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Europe engaged in our own campaigns and struggles against militarisation, globalisation, nuclearisation, US bases and corporate globalisation.

Gathered in Beirut at a critical moment in history, we welcome and celebrate this historic opportunity to deepen and strengthen our bonds with our friends and comrades in the Arab region. We reaffirm the principles of unity and plan of action articulated in the Jakarta Peace Consensus and commit to continue waging the struggle against the occupation of Iraq, Palestine, corporate-led globalisation, and dictatorships.

We express our solidarity with the people in the region fighting for democracy and social, economic, political and civil rights and who are suffering repression because of their opposition to dictatorship.

The Middle East is the strategic battleground of the US. Iraq and Palestine are the two critical focal points of aggression and resistance. The liberation of the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples is crucial to build global justice. Their struggles are ours.

  • We support the right of the people of Iraq and Palestine to resist the occupations.
  • We call for the unconditional withdrawal of US and "coalition" forces from Iraq.
  • We demand the end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
  • We demand that the Right of Return be fulfilled. Until then, Palestinian refugees in the diaspora and internally displaced Palestinians need to be granted full economic, political and social rights.
  • We denounce the racist and colonial character of Zionism, Israel's State ideology.
  • We demand the dismantlement of the Apartheid Wall and all settlements.
  • We ask for the release of all Palestinian and Iraqi political prisoners.

In commemorating twenty-two years of the Lebanese people's resistance and the anniversary of the Sabra and Chatila massacre, we salute the Lebanese resistance which has inspired us the world over, and we express our solidarity with the continuing resistance in Southern Lebanon.

We will build our solidarity through common campaigns and this positive dynamic of dialogue and common action must continue.


The Beirut Plan of Action

To discuss specific and concrete proposals for the plan of action, the conference participants were divided into three working groups: on Iraq, on Palestine, and on globalization and militarization. The conference then convened in a plenary session to discuss the proposals. The following proposals presented by the working group on Palestine were adopted and endorsed by the conference.

  • the launch of an International Movement against Israeli Apartheid.
  • the economic, academic, cultural, political and diplomatic isolation of Apartheid Israel by the effective imposition of boycotts, divestments, and sanctions.
  • international mobilizations on 9-16 of November 2004 as part of International Week against the Apartheid Wall as well as on 15 May 2005 to commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba.
  • the formation of an international working group to coordinate these campaigns.

Being only another step in the direction towards a global strategy against war and globalization, the Conference did not have the necessary time to comprehensively discuss the following proposals presented by the working groups on Iraq and on globalization. We invite those who are interested on any particular proposal to get in touch with the contact people specified for each proposal.

On Iraq:

  • support for efforts by Iraqis to build a united national front against the occupation
  • the launch of a global campaign to send medicine and food to Iraqis
  • the establishment of an international committee of lawyers to protect Iraqi prisoners, especially women and children
  • support for an alternative independent constituent assembly
  • the January elections as a strategic focal point of action
  • the launch of an international campaign to protect civil liberties in Iraq in order to protect journalists and activists by asserting the right to free speech and the right to assembly
  • the launch of an international campaign targeting war profiteers
  • support for existing projects such as the Iraq International Occupation Watch Center and the World Tribunal on Iraq
  • exploring the possibility of holding a peace march in Iraq
  • sending of letters of support from Iraqi organizations and messages of solidarity for mobilizations on the international donor's conference for Iraq's "reconstruction" in Japan on 13-14 October 2004
  • mobilizations on 30-31 October 2004, the weekend before US elections, under banner of "No to Bush Agenda", "End the Occupation of Iraq" or "No to US Foreign Policy"
  • mobilizations during the coming NATO summit
  • mobilizations during the second anniversary of the invasion on 20 March 2005

On globalization and militarization:

  • continuing mobilizations and campaigns against the international financial institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization as means for waging an economic war
  • building and continuing campaigns against bilateral and regional free trade agreements which serve as complementary tools of the World Trade Organization
  • support for on-going campaign for the closure of foreign military bases and support for efforts to form an international network of activists, communities, and researchers working on this campaign
  • a campaign against the means by which the so-called "war on terrorism" is being used to criminalize the movement and to curtail civil liberties
  • opposition to martial law and security cooperation agreements, forced military service, recruitment by private military contractors, and the global arms trade
  • a campaign to halt the nuclear weapons arms race
  • international mobilizations on the following days: 1 May 2005, against neo-liberal economic policies; 6 August 2005, the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, against nuclear weapons and foreign military bases; 10 September 2005, for food, political, and cultural sovereignty; 11 September 2005, against the so-called "war on terror"; 1-12 October, global week of action against WB, IMF, and WTO; 18 November, against the School of the Americas; December 2005, on the World Trade Organization's ministerial meeting in Hong Kong