Updated speakers list of the Rome Peace Conference 27/28 Oct 2023
Friday, October 27
First Session: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Inaugural introduction to the proceedings: Gaia Fusai, Dissent Front, Italy
Presentation of the agenda and purpose of the conference: Willi Langthaler, organising committee
the former Italian Ambassador Elena Basile
the former Slovak Prime Minister Ján Carnogursky
the Lebanese Member of Parliament for Hezbollah Ali Fayyad
the Secretary of the United Communist Party of Russia Daria Dasha Mitina
the Spokesman of the Craftsmen for Peace of Germany Karl Krökel
the Secretary of the National Confederation of Labor of the Philippines Ernesto Arellano
the President of the China-US Solidarity Network Lee Siu Hin
the Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party of South Korea, Stephen Cho
Second Session 3:00-7:30 pm
the former Parliamentarian from Odessa Alexey Albu
the President of the French party PARDEM, Michele Dessenne
the National Coordinator United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Joe Lombardo
the Spokesman of the September 23 Movement of Bulgaria Stephan Petrov
for the Platform for Independence of Greece Yiannis Rachiotis
the Father of Julian Assange, John Shipton
the Italian journalist Tiziana Alterio
the Spokeswoman for the political prisoners in Ukraine Larissa Schesler
the Secretary of Nacion Andalusa Mariano Junco Gonzalez
the President of Zannekinbond of Belgium Nick Krekelbergh
the Coordinator of the Socialist Platform of Georgia Temur Pipia conveying the greetings of the CPs of Armenia and Belarus
the Bronx Migrant Workers’ Representative and World Workers Party Richie Merino
for the Collective of Struggle for the Revolutionary Unification of Humanity from Greece, Christina Balomenaki
Representatives of the Baltic Anti-fascists as part of the Moscow Anti-fascist Centre
Saturday, October 28
Third session 09:30 am-1:00 pm
Italian general Fabio Mini
The former Greek Deputy Defense Minister Konstantinos Isychos
the former Italian Ambassador Alberto Bradanini
the Historian Franco Cardini
a Member of Parliament of United Russia
the International Secretary for the Party of Communists USA Christopher Helali
a Representative of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF)
the Spokesman of the Association of Palestinians in Italy Mohammad Hannoun
the President of the Palestinian Refugee Association in Lebanon Nashet Zafer Khatib
the Secretary of the Moroccan Socialist Youth Younes Siraj
the Human Rights Activist from Afghanistan Tahir Ahmadi
the Former Deputy Minister of the Lugansk People’s Republic Andrej Kochetov
the Russian University Lecturer Said Gafourov
After the confernce we will join:
NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION FOR PALESTINE IN ROME
FOR THE ANTI-COLONIAL LIBERATION STRUGGLE
TO BREAK THE SIEGE IN GAZA
TO STOP THE GENOCIDE
On October 7, the Palestinian people reminded the world that they exist and demonstrated that it is still the people who write history.
In Italy and around the world we have witnessed unprecedented mobilizations in support of the Palestinian cause, reinvigorating a struggle that has lasted for more than a century and which has never died out even when the attention of the international media has waned.
Since that day the bombings on Gaza have never stopped and under the eyes of a hypocritical world the Zionist instigator has earned the excuse to perpetrate his plan of genocide.
On the evening of October 17, Israel hit Al Ahli hospital, where in addition to the medical staff and patients, there were many displaced people who had gathered there in the hope of finding a safe place.
A massacre: at this moment there are around 4741 martyrs and thousands of injured.
For years, Israeli colonialism has tried to keep attention on Palestine low in order to continue its work of ethnic cleansing undisturbed.
Arrests among Palestinians in ’48, pogroms in Huwara and now the massacre in Gaza are criminal actions that have been going on from 1948 to today.
But the Palestinian people raised their heads again, claiming their right to resist in order to exist.
Our people hold together and united under their own flag, that of resistance, that of the struggle for liberation by any means necessary.
The Palestinian population and especially that of Gaza, even at the cost of their lives, despite being so inhumanely massacred, wants freedom: they want to live and not survive.
Israeli colonial oppression has thrown off its mask, showing itself for what it is: an ideology of total extermination and its necessary product, with which there can be no conciliation or peace.
The massacre will not stop as long as a colonial state animated by a racist ideology exists in Palestine.
There can be no peace without justice
The international community and Italy, by supporting Israel, are not only morally but also materially responsible for the war crimes that Zionism has been carrying out for 75 years.
As Palestinians in Italy, we will not have peace as long as Palestine is burdened by the Israeli colonial yoke, as long as the genocide of the Palestinian people continues, as long as humanitarian corridors are not established to bring aid into Gaza, as long as Italy supports Israel militarily.
We therefore demand from the Italian Government:
-The interruption of military agreements with Israel
– The end of the genocide in Gaza
-That it works for
dismantling the colonies, the occupation and the apartheid regime
– the recognition of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people
– Respect for international law in Palestine
We call together all those who want to stand alongside justice, to stop the massacre, and for liberation:
28 October 3pm
Rome, from Piazza Porta San to Paolo in Piazza San Giovanni
SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE!
INTIFADA UNTIL VICTORY!
Palestinian Arab Democratic Union
Association of Palestinians in Italy
Young Palestinians of Italy
Palestinian Student Movement in Italy
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Brief Report by Pippa
This is a brief report on the International Peace Conference that Joe Lombardo and I attended in Rome on 28th/29th October 2023. Joe gave a speech on behalf of UNAC. I was given a slot to speak on behalf of GWAN and afterwards did some interviews. One of the US speakers, Chris Helali, was held at the airport, had his bags searched and was questioned. Later, at 2 am the police knocked on his hotel door and questioned him further.
My estimate is > 200 attended the conference. The conference originally hoped to build an international network for groups that generally understood the situation in Ukraine. However, because of the developing situation in Palestine, this became an important topic for the conference. Having been to Gaza, I was also able to speak to this. After my speech some women came up to me and said I had touched their heart. I took their details and have added them to the newsletter list. Hopefully they will also sign our Declaration. The proceedings were filmed and when I have a link I will pass it to this group.
There were around 40 groups at the conference. Groups from Iran, Afghanistan and the Philippines were denied visas and could not attend. Some groups from Palestine could not attend because of the ongoing situation there. Although most groups present were not mass groups some of the speakers were prominent including the vice-chair of the Russian Communist Party, the vice-chair of the Ukraine Communist Party and a few former elected officials and higher office holders from a few European governments as well as a prominent Palestinian who spoke very passionately about the present situation.
The final Declaration document produced, was good, in my opinion, but it looks like it has not been published in its final form yet so I will have to send it later. However, you can view the web site of the conference for more information: https://internationalpeaceconference.info/it/pagina-iniziale/. The document calls for the establishment of an international network, which I think GWAN should be part of.
We participated in the Rome Palestine demonstration which was probably in the range of 10 – 15 thousand. The Conference had a speaker and chose a Russian delegate to speak.
I had a number of meetings with various individuals, though language was a barrier in some cases. I feel that there will be a growing support for anti-NATO actions leading up to the July 24 NATO meeting in DC.
On behalf of Global Women United for Peace Against NATO