IAWM Press Statement on Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean 22 April 2015

IAWM Press Statement on Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean 22 April 2015

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns the disgraceful response of the EU to the ongoing tragedy of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

The governments of the EU bear direct responsibility for these appalling events. Last November they deliberately cut funding for the sea rescue operation Mare Nostrum and replaced it with the agency Frontex whose priority is border control and which only operates within 30 miles of the Italian coast. The consequences of this callous action were predictably disastrous. It is also clear that this dreadful attitude is caused by these governments’ anxious appeasement of the racist and fascist right across Europe who have whipped up anti- migrant and xenophobic hatred.

There is also a deeper responsibility. The refugee crisis is the result of the catastrophic situation prevailing in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East – Iraq, Syria, Yemen etc. This situation has mainly been produced and exacerbated by disastrous military interventions, occupations and invasions by NATO and western powers. The Irish Anti-War movement has consistently warned that these interventions and wars would make things worse. Tragically this is the case.

When it served our rulers’ interests to invade Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan they claimed they were doing it for humanitarian reasons and money was no object. Now, faced with a real humanitarian crisis, they look the other way and there is no money.

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns this hypocrisy. We call for:

1. No repetition of the failed policies of the past – no further military interventions in the Middle East or North Africa and a halt to arms sales to despotic regimes.

2. An immediate increase in Ireland’s, and other EU states’, willingness to accept refugees.

3. An immediate and large scale increase in sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean.



UN Anti Racism Day Rally (#M21 Ireland) - Sat 21/03/2015 11:30 at Central Bank Plaza Dame Street Dublin 2

21/03/2015 - 11:30

#M21Ireland – A broad, democratic initiative for the ‘UN Anti Racism Day Rally’, called and organised by a number of anti-racist groups, civil society associations, NGOs, trade unions and others. The Irish Anti-War Movement is proud to be a supporting organisation.

Assemble 11:30 at Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street, Dublin 2, followed by a march to Garden of Remembrance.


Anti-Racism Protest Poster

Hopefully with the busy city centre our message of anti-racism and diversity will have a huge exposure.

Further details/updates TBA

For details on the campaign please go to https://www.facebook.com/M21Ireland


M.A.R – March Against Racism

Multiple anti-racist, civil society, NGO’s, migrant and faith community groups, trade unions have come together to organise the March 21st rally.

21st March 2015 is the “UN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST RACISM”, a day when the people across the globe show their opposition to racism and discrimination. This annual event declared as a memorial by the United Nations in response to the murder of 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

Various events and negative developments around the world show us the importance of fighting against every type of racism, hatred at every level and promote unity and solidarity among people.



IAWM members are encouraged to attend some of these excellent events over the next week organized by the Ireland Palestinian Solidarity Campaign:

1. Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, performances, films, multimedia displays and protest actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe. Last year was incredibly successful with over 200 cities taking part in 30 countries. IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Once again the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is proud to be hosting a series of events in Ireland between the 7th and 14th March 2015.
- Click here for full details: http://www.ipsc.ie/iaw2015/

Public Meeting - The new War on Terror - is there a clash of Civilizations?

21/02/2015 - 14:30

Location: The Teachers Club Parnell Square Dublin

Date & Time: 21/02/2015 14:30


  • Richard Boyd Barrett TD
  • Rev. Patrick Comerford, President Irish CND
  • Ed Horgan, Shannonwatch
  • Patricia Mc Kenna, People's Movement
  • US Peace mum Cindy Sheehan (via Skype)



Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

21/02/2015 - 11:00
21/02/2015 - 13:00

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 11 AM Sat 21/02/2015 - The Teachers Club Dublin

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 21st February 2015 in The Club Parnell Square Dublin starting at 11am. For details of who can attend and submit resolutions at the AGM see below. A full agenda will be available soon.


This will be available shortly.

Who can Attend and Vote at The AGM

All members may attend the annual general meeting provided that the current membership fee has been paid in advance of the meeting. All affiliates may send one delegate to the annual general meeting provided that the current affiliation fee has been paid in advance of the meeting.

All members and delegates have one vote each at annual general meeting.

A decision of annual general meeting of the IAWM is binding on the steering committee (SC) and overrides any previous decisions. This constitution may only be amended by annual general meeting. However, amendments to this constitution may be made by the next quarterly delegate meeting held after the annual general meeting of 08 May 2004, which adopted this constitution.

A steering committee shall be elected at each AGM.
Draft resolutions and nominations for the steering committee should be submitted to the Secretary at least 14 days beforehand. The secretary shall publish draft resolutions at least 7 days beforehand.

Submitting Resolutions

Resolutions from members may be submitted in the following ways:

By E-mail:- To the secretary via e-mail info@irishantiwar.org

By Post:- Send the resolutions to The Irish Anti-War Movement, PO Box 9260 Dublin 1.


The deadline for resolutions is 12 AM Sat 14th February 2015

Members may register in the following ways:

Registration can be done on-line by following this link http://www.irishantiwar.org/node/1982 and then clicking on the "Sign up for Annual General Meeting".


IAWM BULLETIN 11 January 2015

1. IAWM statement on the Charlie Hebdo atrocity
2. Letters to papers re Charlie Hebdo atrocity
3. Useful articles on Charlie Hebdo atrocity
4. Donating to the IAWM


The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) unequivocally condemns the terrorist murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris. As an anti-war movement we are opposed, and have always been opposed to terrorism in all its forms. We strongly insist on the right of journalists to practice their trade and, regardless of the content of what they write or publish, nothing can justify their murder in general or this atrocity in particular. It is shocking, as the Committee to Protect Journalists notes, that since 1992 alone, 1109 journalists have been killed in the course of their work.

The Charlie Hebdo atrocity is not a random act of evil. It has an historical and contemporary context which does not excuse it but which has to be understood. Like other terrorist atrocities such as 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London or even the Birmingham Pub bombing in 1974 (all of which claimed more lives) it is a bitter fruit of the legacy of western imperial interventions, war and racism. It is completely the wrong reaction to the latter - wrong because it is brutal and reactionary in itself, and wrong because it plays into the hands of reactionaries, warmongers and racists. Nevertheless, it is a reaction to these things.

In particular in France it is a reaction to:
a) French imperialism’s long and atrocious history of colonialism in North Africa and elsewhere, but especially in Algeria where the French Government continue to meddle

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