SPAIN: "Thousands of people in the heart of Western civilization (New York) have had to die in order for the international community to react and consider putting an end to (terrorists/fundamentalist leaders.) The West never cared when the Taliban attacked Afghan women's rights, when they assaulted them, when they killed them. It has looked in the other direction while in Algeria radical Islamic groups have kidnapped, raped, killed and ripped to pieces scores of women." Montserrat Boix, journalist and coordinator of Mujeres en Red.
CANADA: "This is a crime against humanity and an international court should mete out the punishment" This is the latest gruesome chapter in an ever expanding cycle of violence that has already claimed cities, countries and whole generations. How does it increase our security to bomb countries into the stone age?" Alexa McDonough, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada.
GLOBAL: "Once again our deepest beliefs hold that true security can only be rooted in social justice and strengthening the domestic and international rule of law." Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
UK: We need strategies for an inclusive and equal global society, not strategies of war". So long as poverty and hunger, injustice and exploitation are the experience of many people in many countries, genuine despair will lead to hatred of the super powers whose policies are seen to contribute to them, and will be used to legitimate terrorism." Women in Black, London.
PAKISTAN: "As victims of terrorism for a long time, we know very well what it means to humanity. But we do not want Afghan and Pakistan innocent people to be victims of another war in the name of curbing terrorism. No terrorism against terrorism. It solves nothing." Asma Jahangir, former Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
SWEDEN: " How can we find a clever strategy and pass it around all women's networks?" If we are silent, we say OK to all war decisions. If we do not act, we pass over the power to the war machines." Evy Warholm.
KUWAIT: "Women of Kuwait also condemn the terrorism that we are sure is not related to Islam. However we don't agree with any retaliation on victims who always include children and women very heavily. We should all support the fight against terrorism and support war against terrorists" based on justice and fair and wise act." Fatima Al-Abdali.
GREECE: "There is solidarity around the world today. You are so right to ask for conflict resolution. To ask for peace. Now more than ever, all of us women, from around the world, need immediately to re-organize and form new alliances that will look to peace and conflict resolution." Christiana Lambrinidis.
CROATIA: "The only way out is through strengthening international legal mechanisms and international co-operation in investigation, extraditions and punishment of those who are directly responsible for organization and performance of terrorist acts. We firmly demand a thorough investigation and oppose revengeful military actions." B.a.B.e., Be active, Be emancipated, Women's Human Rights Group.
CANADA: "We firmly believe that it is the role of legal institutions, such as the International Criminal Court, to hold accountable those individuals responsible and bring them to justice. Our hopes lie in working to end injustice and oppression, in building positive cooperative relationships amongst all people. In short, in creating a global culture of peace." Voice of Women for Peace.
INDIA: "How will the hurt and the consequent anger be assuaged? Would the quest for justice to the loss of lives of the innocents lead us all into other conflicts? How do we work together towards conflict resolution and peace?" Ila Pathek, Ahmedabad Women's Action Group (AWAG).
USA: "Those responsible must be brought to justice. Ultimately peace and security cannot come through military power alone, but must be b
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