An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

An international meeting of women has called for peace without military and the cancellation of the new Henoko base

Participants of the International Women’s Network meeting against Militarism in Okinawa 2017 released a statement asking for the cancellation of the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago, at the Okinawa Prefectural Government office in Naha, on June 26. 


June 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 26, the International Women’s Network meeting against Militarism in Okinawa 2017 has issued a statement demanding the cancellation of construction of U.S. military helipads in Takae, Higashi, the new base in Henoko, Nago and a live-fire training range in Guam. The meeting is organized by women in countries and regions hosting U.S. military bases.

Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence co-representatives Suzuyo Takazato and Keiko Itokazu, and participants of the international meeting expressed resolve to work to build peace and justice without relying on militarism, and to gain gender equality and a sustainable future, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government office on the same day.

The statement will be sent to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Trump and the heads of the home countries and regions of the participants, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations.

The statement demands the withdrawal of the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to South Korea. It also calls on the governments of the United States and the countries and regions hosting U.S. military bases to apologize to women involved in the sex industry around the bases.

Its main theme centred around “Issues involving the violation of the rights of indigenous peoples and sexual violence by military, which have been looming.” The organizers said the situation of culture and nature being destroyed around military bases was extremely serious.

(English translation by T&CT)

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