Alternatives to Violence in Political Settlements

July 29, 1959

The 14th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 27-31 July, 1959 in Stockholm, Sweden:

At this fourteenth Triennial Congress at Stockholm, 27-31 July 1959, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, which since its inception has urged upon nations the non-violent settlement of political disputes, wishes to remind the 82 nations which comprise the United Nations that the Charter of the United Nations explicitly binds them not to resort to force in setting differences.

Recognizing that all international disputes, not promptly and peacefully settled, may threaten the world’s security and survival, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom urges all nations to accept their obligations to negotiate their differences in a spirit of reconciliation and with the sincere desire to find solutions which are mutually advantageous to all parties.

When direct negotiations fail we urge that new negotiations be conducted within the framework of the United Nations, since international disputes which threaten the worlds peace must be considered the world’s business.

Disputes which are legal in nature should be submitted to the International Court of Justice without reservations. Non-legal political disputes should be submitted to the appropriate organs of the UN.  All nations should agree to abide by the decisions of the United Nations.

The WILPF urges that the United Nations present machinery for political settlement be used to the full, and that it be strengthened wherever necessary to make it a universally acceptable and reliable alternative to the use of violence.

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