8th Gathering: “Forging Nets for Demilitarization and Genuine Security” Passes Resolution on Freedom for Oscar

8th Gathering: "Forging Nets for Demilitarization and Genuine Security" Passes Resolution on Freedom for Oscar

The 8th Gathering of the International Women’s Network Against Militarism, that occurred on February 19-25, 2012, reunited 26 women representing 8 countries gathered in Puerto Rico. Delegates from the Philippines, Guahan (Guam), Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, Hawaii, and the US joined their counterparts in Puerto Rico to evaluate the growing military threat and develop strategies to counter the impact of militarism, military contamination, imperialism and systems of oppression and exploitation based on gender, race, class, nationality and sexual orientation. They passed the following resolution:

* We oppose the repression and incarceration of people who fight for genuine peace and human rights. We call on President Barak Obama to order the immediate release of Oscar Lopez Rivera who has been unjustly imprisoned for over 31 years. The U.S. Parole Commission recently denied his application for parole and ordered that he serve an additional 15 years in prison. By that time, he would be 83 years old and would have been incarcerated for 45 years for politically motivated offenses where no one was hurt. We condemn the inequity in his treatment, compared to his co-defendants. He is now the only one of the 1980’s pro-independence prisoners still in prison.

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