Cuba: 8th International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

Havana, January 15, 2024

The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and the World Peace Council (WPC), are calling for the participation in the VIII International Seminar on Peace and for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, which will take place in the province of Guantanamo, on May 4 and 5, 2024.

Once again, this conference will take place in the province of Guantanamo, where there is the oldest  U.S. military base that remains against the will of the Cuban people and government. The Guantanamo Base has become synonymous with torture and imperialism, which for 121 years has illegally occupied 117 square kilometers of that territory, and a prison where the human rights of the detainees there are constantly violated, constituting an outrage to the sovereignty and independence of the nation.

Cuba rejects the existence of more than 800 bases and military installations that the United States has with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) around the world. Of these, 70 belong to the Latin American and Caribbean region, contradicting the postulates of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, approved during the II Summit of CELAC by all the Heads of State and Government of the Region who gathered in Havana, in January 2014.

By virtue of this irrefutable reality, we call for the participation in this forum of peace advocates, researchers and specialists, who are committed to denouncing the existence of arbitrary foreign military bases and facilities. As well we are proposing to address the following issues:

  • Main problems caused by the presence of these bases and military installations in the enclaved territories.
  • Challenges and threats facing world peace, with the advance of the so-called “cyberwar”, aimed at imposing an international cultural and political change in favor of the hegemonic interests of the United States and its acolytes, as a new type of unconventional warfare.
  • Existence of weapons of mass destruction, as a threat to world peace and international security
  • The fight against the proliferation of armaments, the increase of military budgets and other causes that threaten peace in the world.

Those interested in participating should send their applications to the following e-mail addresses: [email protected] and [email protected].

Participants will have 10 minutes for the presentation of papers and interventions, in which case it is requested that the texts should be sent to the above-mentioned e-mail addresses before April 20 in Spanish or English.

The travel agency AMISTUR CUBA S.A., of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), will be in charge of guaranteeing accommodation, transportation, accreditation and the general logistics of the event.

We look forward to seeing you in Cuba!

-Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP)

Source: Cuba en Resumen