No More War in Europe

An Appeal for Civic Action in Europe and Beyond

Signatories are invited to support this appeal as the basis for the launch of a new cross-border, internationalist citizens' initiative.


No More War in Europe
An Appeal for Civic Action in Europe and Beyond

Another war in Europe no longer seems improbable or unlikely. For some people of the continent it has been a reality already in Ukraine, in Georgia, in Nagorno Karabakh and on the Turkish-Syrian border. So are the military build ups and threats of full scale warfare.

European security architecture, set up after World War II and then in the Helsinki agreements, has proven outdated and is facing its most serious challenge in decades.

We, civic activists from states that are signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights, members of the Council of Europe or participating in the OSCE note the urgent need to prevent war in Europe.

We believe that the connection between peace, progress and human rights is inextricable. A strong and free civil society, rule of law and real guarantees for the protection of human rights are key elements of comprehensive security within larger Europe, yet coordinated and purposeful suppression of civil society institutions in a number of countries as a theme is sidelined to the margins of international relations. Authoritarian contagion, as seen in  Russia, Turkey, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Poland, Hungary, and in the Brexit and Trump phenomena, is associated with international conflict, social injustice, discrimination and division. It is a threat just as dangerous as the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change.  

We are convinced those common challenges should be addressed through international dialogue of which civil society is an integral part. Such international dialogue should include three key pillars that defined Helsinki agreements: (1) security, disarmament and territorial integrity; (2) economic, social, health and environmental co-operation; (3) human rights and the rule of law.

We call upon the goodwill of states to pursue that dialogue and underline our commitment to assist those efforts.

We believe that a joint international civic movement with an anti-war and pro-human rights stance is a necessity and commit ourselves to pursue its formation throughout Europe.

Please join us!


Signatories (this list will be added to as signatures come in)

Dmitri Makarov, Council Member of the Moscow Helsinki Group  
Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Center for Civil Liberties (Kyiv)
Vasyl Cherepanyn, Head of the Visual Culture Research Center / Kyiv Biennial
Oksana Briukhovetska, MFA Candidate, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design University of Michigan
Yuri Senokosov School of Civic Education
Artur Sakunts, Head of Vanadzor office of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, Armenia
Idoia Villanueva Ruiz MEP, Unidas Podemos
Ana Gomes, former MEP Portuguese Socialists and 2021 presidential candidate
András Bozóki, Professor of Political Science, CEU
Lena Nemirovskaya, School of Civic Education
Guilherme d”Oliveira Martins, former Minister of Finance and Education of Portugal
Rasha Shaaban, Cultural Activist, Feminist, board member European Alternatives
Paul Mason, journalist and author
Mary Kaldor, Professor Emeritus of Global Governance, LSE
G.C.Spivak, Professor Columbia University
Niccolo Milanese, Director of European Alternatives
Kasia Wojcik, artist and activist, IIPM
Luke Cooper, academic and co-founder Another Europe Is Possible
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor at the School of Transnational Governance (European University Institute) and Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford.
Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University, New York City
Alvaro Vasconcelos,  Founder of Forum Demos , former Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies ( EUISS)
Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Lancaster University/Universität Wien
Seema Syeda, Communication and Campaigns Officer, Another Europe Is Possible
Lorenzo Marsili, author and director of Studio Rizoma
Andy Stirling, Professor SPRU, University of Sussex Business School
Roberto Veneziani, Professor, QMUL
Georg Blokus, Grassroots Organizer, European Alternatives
Frieder Otto Wolf, Freie Universität Berlin
Jose Javier Olivas Osuna, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) & LSE
Andrea Pisauro, researcher and activist
Robin Wilson, journalist and researcher
Martin Shaw, University of Sussex and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals
Elisa Reis, Professor of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Zsolt Enyedi, Central European University
Eleni Andreouli, The Open University
Cat Villiers, Filmmaker
Tânia Cerqueira, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Sally Brooks, honorary fellow, University of York
Alexander Rusetsky, CIU
Walter Manoschek, University of Vienna, Professor for Political Science
Josef Weidenholzer, former MEP, em. Prof. University of Linz/Austria  
Julie Ward, former MEP and Another Europe NC
Itty Abraham, Academic and writer
Tim Beyer Helm, Co-Founder, WWW WorldWide Wednesday
Joanne Callaghan, Chair of Weaver Vale For Europe
Richard Corbett, Former leader of the UK Labour Party MEPs
Ingrid Vorwahlner, Research Coordinator
Judith Kohlenberger, Institute for Social Policy, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Katharine Stinson
Elise Sijthoff,
Sandy Paul, activist  
Anna Chiara Forte
Patrizia Pozzo, Activist and co funder Studio Rizoma  
Monica Di Sisto, Journalist, Vice President of Fairwatch observatory
Viviana Valastro
Elena Mazzoni, Transform! Italia
Dr, Wolfgang Müller-Funk, Univ. Vienna Diplomatische Akademie
Shoshana J. Wodak, Prof. VUB-VIB Center for Structural Biology, Brussels Belgium/ Member of EMBO
Anna Falcone, Giurista e attivista politica
Bernard Dreano, Chairperson of the CEDETIM Center for international solidarity studies and initiatives (Paris)
Thomas Schmidinger, University of Vienna
Isabelle Ioannides, researcher and activist
Irene Messinger, Professor Social Work, FH Campus Wien
Andy Roberts
John Austin, Former U.K. Labour MP (1992-2010)
Igor Štiks, writer and political theorist
Giuseppe De Marzo, coordinatore nazionale rete dei numeri pari
Eugenio Fatigante, giornalista Avvenire
Bert Preiss, University of Vienna
Heinz Allgäuer-Hackl, Prof. (FH) - FH Campus Vorarlberg/Austria
Claudia Brunner, Associate Professor in Peace Studies, University of Klagenfurt
Wolfgang Benedek, retired prof., University of Graz
Pedro Bacelar de Vasconcelos, Chairperson of Portuguese Delegation at Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Louis Mackay
Arno Niesner, ARGE Gemeinwohlcontrolling
Luis Braga da Cruz , former Minister of Economy Portugal
Luiza Schmidt,  Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa
Isabel Pires de Lima , former Minister of Cultur , Portugal
Eva Czermak, Caritas Austria
Gerhard Kofler, AbFaNG - Aktionsbündnis für Frieden & Gewaltfreiheit
Walter Oetsch, Cusanus Hochschule fuer Gesellschaftsgestaltung Koblenz
Lars Hochmann, Professor for Transformation and Entrepreneurship at Cusanus Hochschule für Gesellschaftsgestaltung
Stephan Panther, Cusanus Hochschule für Gesellschaftsgestaltung, Koblenz
Maria, NGO “Poruch”, Ukraine
Olha Voropai, NGO Poruch
Renato Janine Ribeiro, former minister of education of Brazil
João Bettencourt Relva, researcher and university professor
Ana Rodrigues, jurist and researcher
Leonardo Costa, researcher and university professor
Jéssica Moreira, researcher Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Edgar Seca, Cooperativa Árvore
Ana Benavente, sociologist
António Ferrari, university professor
Fátima Ribeirinho, teacher
Isabel Valente, university researcher
José Vitor Malheiros, science communication consultant
Arlene Clemesha, university professor São Paulo
Marcela Uchôa, researcher
Patricia Chilton
Paul A. Chiltonn, Professor Emeritus, Lancaster University, Assoc. Fellow, University of Warwick
Haris Pasovic, East West Centre, Sarajevo/artistic director
Remzi Lani, Director, Albanian Media Institute
Denis MacShane, former UK Minister of Europe
Rahul Sethuram
Anthony Barnett, Co-founder openDemocracy
Ben Kim
Mikhail Ilyin, political scientist and semiotician
John Feffer, Director, Foreign Policy In Focus
Yury Urnov, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, Co-Artistic Director
Birgit Schlager
Attila Mesterhazy, Hungarian Parliament, Vice -Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee
Gian Giacomo Migone, former member of the Italian Senate
Judith Herrin, Professor Emerita
Dr. Sotiris Mousouris, Maragopoulos Human Rights Foundation
Alexia Gardner
Kevin Martin, President, Peace Action (USA)
Nomiki Konst, Matriarch, USA
David Swanson, World BEYOND War / Executive Director
David E Gibson, Peacehmome Campaigns, Organizing Director
Norman Solomon, Director,, based in USA
El Haite, Liberal International
Catherine Smallwood, Senior Emergencies Officer, WHO/Europe
Jacques Soncin, Journaliste - Président de Fréquence Paris Plurielle
Kristijan Kovačić, Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity
Daniel Guerrier, Journaliste honaraire, éditeur ( Spartacus)
Vesna Teršelič, Documenta - Center for Dealing with the Past
Odile Hélier
Anne Querrien, CEDETIM
Jean-Louis Marolleau
Françoise Alamartine, Attac France
Fabienne Messica, Ligue des Droits de l’Homme
Jean Marc Salmon, Social scientist, Paris
Revault Philippe, EAPLV
SZATAN, Militant associatif
Jérôme Gleizes, Conseiller de Paris écologiste
Marcel Siguret, Citoyen
Martin Pairet, Baker
Lévy Gérard, Europe Écologie Les Verts
Teemu Matinpuro, Executive Director, Finnish Peace Committee
Leyla Binici, Militante écologiste
Ingeborg Breines,  consultant and former co-president International Peace Bureau and former director of UNESCO
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