The British affiliate of the World Peace Council, founded in 1949,
has long campaigned for the removal of US military bases from Britain, the promotion of peaceful coexistence and disarmament, and support for liberation movements.
In the 1960s, it was prominent in the anti-Vietnam war movement and in the latter part of the 20th century, global disarmament matters. After a period of quiet but continued affiliation, today, BPA resumes its role as a focus for international peace through diplomacy, in harmony with all campaigners for peace from all walks of life.
The World Peace Council held its first meeting in Warsaw in 1950, inspired by earlier bodies such as the League Against Imperialism, and the World Committee Against War and Fascism.
It soon became a leading voice for international friendship, receiving representation on several branches of the United Nations as well as recognition by the International Labour Organisation. Its current website is at: http://www.wpc-in.org/
The guiding principles of the Council are:
- Prohibition of all weapons of mass destruction and ending of the arms drive.
- Abolition of foreign military bases.
- Total and universal disarmament under effective international control.
- Elimination of all forms of colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination.
- Right of peoples to sovereignty and independence, essential for the establishment of peace.
- Respect for the territorial integrity of states.
- Non-interference in the internal affairs of nations.
- Establishment of mutually beneficial trade and cultural relations based on friendship and mutual respect.
- Peaceful co-existence between states with different political systems.
- Negotiations instead of use of force in the settlement of differences between nations.