PEACE Without Borders (PSF) is a movement inspired by the humanitarian work of its two top leaders, Juanes and Miguel Bosé; its purpose is to promote the building of PEACE in the world through art, culture and the support of well-known musicians.
On 13 June 2016, PSF launched the campaign #RightToPeaceNow by which well-know artists and musicians calls upon Member States of the Human Rights Council to adopt a Declaration on the Right to Peace at the end of the 32º regular session on 1 July 2016.
Consequently, we welcome that the Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva has tabled on 23 June 2016 before the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council a Declaration, which is the clear result of three years of long negotiations among all different regional groups under the leadership of Ambassador Christian Guillermet-Fernández (Costa Rica).
In the process, the role played by important networks of civil society organizations has been very critical and relevant. In this context, we also welcome the oral statement delivered on 17 June 2016 by Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII (APG23), International Association of Democratic Lawyers and Center for Global NonKilling by which they recognised that «in the past four years, we have actively participated with many other NGOs from all over the world in the negotiation process of the Open Ended Working Group on Right to Peace exercising our duty to bring into that room the voice of the people of the world who are victims of armed conflict, direct, structural and cultural violence, and whose human rights must be respected and protected ».
PSF believes that the international community should exert their utmost efforts to reach a consensual solution for the title and article one of the Declaration. These are the only critical elements which impedes to adopt a Declaration on the Right to Peace. Negotiation process should be based on dialogue, cooperation and mutual understanding.
Several celebrities have already raised their voice to demand a Declaration on the Right to Peace through their social media. In particular, celebreties such as Miguel Bose, Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Pablo Alboran, Bulli, Sasha Sokol, Benny Ibarra de Llano, Ximena Sariñana, Fonseca, Patricia Cantu, Edgar Ramirez or Laura Pausini, have expressed their support for closing this process by this week. More artists and celebrities will be joining shortly to #RightToPeaceNow.
Citizens all over the world have also joined this global campaign lead by PSF. The number of followers is dramatically increasing every day. Currently, 1.200.000 citizens are supporting and following this inclusive process through a video prepared by Playground. This week humankind will have a Declaration, which is not perfect, but it is a clear step forward in the strengthening of the linkage between peace and security, human rights and development.
PSF understands that voting against the right to peace is to vote against PEACE. Millions of people will openly denounce those States which impede to adopt by consensus a Declaration on the right to peace.