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* A Message from Voices for Creative Nonviolence
* Christian Peacemaker Teams Press Release and Call to Action for “all people of conscience around the world to initiate non-violent public actions this Saturday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day.”
* Links about the missing CPTers
A MESSAGE FROM VOICES FOR CREATIVE NONVIOLENCE
In his December 7, 2005 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Harold Pinter said, “… [T]he majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.”
With our 4 friends missing in Iraq, taken by a group called the Swords of Truth (Righteousness) Brigade, it has been a wearying week. The latest news comes from a report this Wednesday by Al-Jazeera that states that the Swords of Truth have extended their deadline by two days for the U.S. and British governments to meet their demand to release all prisoners. The original deadline was set for Thursday but has been reset until Saturday.
Today we read with sorrow unconfirmed reports that an Alaskan man, Ronald Schultz, a security consultant abducted earlier this week, in Iraq, has been killed. We hold close as well all non-Iraqis and the thousands of Iraqis who have been abducted in Iraq. We remember that Iraqis have encountered the danger of abduction on a daily basis since the U.S. occupation began.
Yet this week has also occasioned an outpouring of support, from numerous places and people, for CPT, for its mission, and for the swift release of the four CPT members. The families of those missing have issued consistently moving pleas. Muslim scholars, both in Iraq and abroad, envoys, Sunni and Shia leaders of Iraq, Palestinian activists across the occupied West Bank, as well as Abu Qatada, a leading Jordanian Muslim cleric jailed in the UK, have all made strong pleas for the men to be released. The combined signatures of two petitions calling for the release of the 4 men now exceed 40,000. Prayerful vigils have occurred and are planned in locales around the globe.
These actions point to a fundamental oneness that ruling elites often want to obscure, particularly when they aim to subjugate other people to colonial style dominance. We welcome CPT’s call to nonviolently work toward freeing all people from the scourge of warfare and the tragic consequences of occupation and detention.
A sample litany is posted on the Voices for Creative Nonviolence website (vcnv.org/a-litany) which may be useful to those who are planning prayerful vigils. We at Voices for Creative Nonviolence stand with CPT as CPT advocates for the rights of Iraqi detainees and their families.
Below please find CPT’s latest release, calling for actions on December 10, International Human Rights Day.
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8th 2005
We remain concerned about the well being of our teammates Harmeet, James, Norman, and Tom, and we ask for their release. We also remain concerned about the well being of all Iraqis who are suffering under occupation.
Those who are with our teammates have demanded the release from captivity of the Iraqi detainees held in United States’ and Iraqi prisons. Christian Peacemaker Teams believes that no single person, no single nation can meet the demands of Justice.
No single person, no single nation can meet the demands of Peace.
But we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to do their part to bring each combatant and each captive home to their families and to end the war and occupation.
December 10th is International Human Rights Day.
Christian Peacemaker Teams calls for all people of conscience around the world to initiate non-violent public actions for peace and for prayer on December 10th in support of international human rights and in support of ending war and occupation.
Contact: CPT in Canada 416-423-5525 CPT in United States 773-277-0291
LINKS ABOUT MISSING CPTers
ELECTRONIC IRAQ BY TOPIC – Four CPT members in Iraq electroniciraq.net/news/2211.shtml
BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL IN BAGHDAD, By Kathy Kelly vcnv.org/blessed-are-the-merciful-in-baghdad
PETITION and Appeal for release freethecpt.org
NEWS Updates on Google tinyurl.com/ctm3b Christian Peacemaker Hostage Watch www.nonviolence.org/christian_peacemakers/ Free The Captives Now www.freethecaptivesnow.org Electronic Iraq electroniciraq.net
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