The Pacific Peace Network invite you to endorse the Pacific People’s Declaration for Peace, in opposition to #TalismanSabre – international naval military training exercises, in Queensland waters, Australia. Please sign the declaration by the 22nd of July. Sign here or click the link bellow.
Talisman Sabre takes place every two years on land and sea around Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland, home of the Great Barrier Reef.
Countries participating in 2021: Australia, US, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. France, India and Indonesia are also expected to participate as observer nations.
This military exercise occurs on alternate years with Rim of the Pacific RIMPAC in Hawaii. It brings together the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and United States (US) military plus many other countries during a time of global pandemic.
NZ is involved in or providing support for nuclear powered and nuclear-weapons capable warfare training activities.
This is an important time to call out the dangers of militarism to the Pacific regions that include:
— the destruction of the environment
the violation of the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples
— the sexual exploitation of women and girls
–irresponsible global military spending
threats to common security and
an increasing threat of major war between the U.S. and China.
You can read more about why the peace community are opposed to the war exercises, here.
Pacific Peace Network is holding a webinar next Saturday, July 24 – for us to hear how our neighbours in the Pacific are impacted by theses exercises – why they are calling for Talisman Sabre to be cancelled.
Valerie Morse from Peace Action Wellington will be speaking discussing the NZDF contribution to this enormous war training exercise happening in Australia at this free webinar on Saturday. Join in to learn and get active! Register here.