We, the undersigned members of the Pact for Coexistence Platform, express our absolute rejection of the military invasion of a sovereign country, the bombing of its civilian population and the violation of fundamental rights. Neither now nor ever, neither in Europe nor anywhere else in the world, is there any reason for the use of violence as a strategy to achieve personal or governmental ends.
We make an urgent international call for an immediate cessation of military action and the opening of conflict resolution strategies in accordance with international agreements and international humanitarian law.
We urge our political class to act in unity and with a high sense of statehood to facilitate the best decisions in the face of the conflict. The international community, including Spain, must contribute to paving the way for peace.
We call on Spanish society to actively contribute to coexistence and peace:
Violence is never the solution to conflicts. On the contrary, it aggravates them and delays lasting solutions. Human rights and human security must be at the centre of all decisions. Commit to respect, dialogue and non-violent conflict resolution strategies. Reach out to people you know through personal, educational, business, professional links. Encourage them to promote a culture of peace in their environments that contributes to reducing tension. Participate in initiatives and mobilisations that defend peace as the only way forward.
Disinformation is a weapon in conflicts. Be critical of the information on your social networks, objectively analyse the news in the different audiovisual media and read newspapers of different signatures. Contrast it with the testimony of people and organisations working on the ground.
Collaborate with all the organisations working in the humanitarian response to the conflict and urge the authorities to sign international agreements on the reception of refugees. Also help people in need in your area.
In our country there are many families with strong links to war zones. Cultivate relationships of appreciation and support that foster social cohesion in our country. Do not contribute to social breakdown by identifying people with the irrational actions of certain governments. Do not produce or disseminate messages against migrants.
Take care of your language and your relationships with others. Build trust through conversations that facilitate the expression of emotions. Value the mutual support that, in situations of conflict, always sustains life. You will generate psychological security in the face of uncertainty.
The younger generation has suffered an unprecedented economic crisis, a global pandemic and now faces an unprecedented war scenario. But all generations have been able to cope. It reinforces hope, a culture of resilience and mobilisation for peace among young people.
They sign this communiqué:
Archbishopric of Madrid
Madrid Bar Association
Islamic Commission of Spain
Coordinating Committee of Spanish Development Cooperation Organisations (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Cooperación para el Desarrollo de España)
Crue Spanish Universities
Federation of Evangelical Religious Entities of Spain (Federación de Entidades Religiosas Evangélicas de España)
Movement Against Intolerance
Council for Victims of Hate Crimes and Discrimination