123 Organizations Write to the Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Finland

By the organizations signed below, February 26, 2022

Honourable Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Finland

Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland

all members of the Finnish Government

all members of the Finnish Parliament

Re: TPNW ban on killer robots/autonomous weapons ban on the use and sale of weaponized drones

We, the representatives of 123 non-governmental organisations from some 100 countries want to congratulate Finland for last October having been elected member of the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024.

Regarding this, You Minister Pekka Haavisto, in a press statement stressed the importance to promote global peace, security and sustainable development and that Finland, as You yourself, has excellent experience of involving civil society in the management of matters.

Your significant announcement, that Finland will work in close cooperation with both domestic and international NGOs and human rights defenders since it is vital that not only the voice of states but also the views and expertise of civil society, researchers and the private sector are heard in the work of the Human Rights Council, gives us great hope.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (1948) is a milestone document in the history of human rights and was drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world. It sets out the fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has paved the way for the adoption of more than seventy human rights treaties, applied today on a permanent basis at global and regional levels.

Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.” Three of the biggest military threats to life today are nuclear weapons, autonomous weapon systems or killer robots and weaponized drones.

A nuclear war would not only cause longterm damage to our planet, but could end life on earth as we know it. Autonomous weapons, commonly known as killer robots that are no longer strictly controlled by human hands, as well as weaponized drones constitute a barbarous threat to humanity.

According to the second edition of the Norwegian People’s Aid’s Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor over twothirds of the world’s countries support the TPNW. Furthermore YouGov polls conducted in late 2020 in six NATO countries Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain show very high levels of public support for their countries to join the TPNW.

Since 2018, the
United Nations SecretaryGeneral António Guterres has repeatedly urged states to prohibit weapons systems that could, by themselves, target and attack human beings, calling them “morally repugnant and politically unacceptable”.

On 15
16 September 2021, the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an online conference on Safeguarding Human Control over Autonomous Weapons.

Austria’s Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg and New Zealand’s Minister
for Disarmament, Phil Twyford, presented a strong call for action towards new international treaty that would establish prohibitions and regulations on autonomy in weapons systems. The conference provided a striking illustration of political leadership embracing the need for action on this issue.

A growing number of policymakers, artificial intelligence experts, private companies, international and domestic organisations, and ordinary individuals have endorsed a call to ban fully autonomous weapons.
According to Human Rights Watch 30 countries (August 2020) are calling for a ban on killer robots.

Weaponized drones
are no more acceptable than land mines, cluster bombs, or chemical weapons. The armed drone is a weapon that, because of its unique character, engenders terror and hatred on the ground, regardless of the circumstances in which it is being used.

In a
global petition a broad spectrum of NGOs and over 100.000 persons urge governments to ban the use and sale of weaponized drones. All over the world NGOs are urging their governments to sign and ratify the TPNW as well as to ban autonomous weapons and weponized drones.

Honourable Minister Pekka Haavisto, we sincerely hope for Your dedicated support for these urgent matters, threatening mankind. We urge You to actively push European and other countries to sign the TPNW and to firmly, in the UN Human Rights Council and in the European Union, raise the urgent need for a preemptive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons and for a ban on the use and sale of weaponized drones.

February 24th, 2022
NATIONAL UMBRELLA ORGANISATIONS active in some 100 countries:
Ban Killer Drones Campaign

international grassroots campaign committed to banning aerial weaponized
drones and military and police drone surveillance.

Nick Mottern nickmottern (at) gmail.com,
Kathy Kelly
kathy (at) vcnv.org

Church and Peace
European peace church network,

Church and Peace is the European ecumenical peace church network. The Church

and Peace network comprises over fifty communities, churches, training centres,

peace service agencies and
peace movements, as well as around sixty members
from the Mennonite, Quaker, Church of the Brethren, Anglican, Baptist,

Methodist, Lutheran, Orthodox, Reformed and Roman Catholic traditions from 15

European countries.

Contact: Lydia Funck
intloffice (at) churchandpeace.org


= Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace.
gamipamericalatina (at) gmail.com
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

an international network of some 120 affiliates from some 25 countries
concerned about the militarisation and exploitation of space.

Bruce K. Gagnon globalnet (at) mindspring.com

Naturfreunde Internationale
Naturefriends International
Internationale des Amis de la Nature

uniting more than 350,000 individual members throughout the globe, member of

the Green 10, a group of leading environmental NGOs active at EU level
Manfred Pils office (at) nfint.org

No to war
no to NATO international network
uniting some 400 national organisations/movements/groups from over 40


Contact: Kristine Karch
Kristine (at) notonato.org
Réseau “Sortir du nucléaire
Federation of more than 900 associations and 60,000 people.

Contact: Marie Liger
marie.liger (at) sortirdunucleaire.fr

World BEYOND War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish
a just and sustainable peace
World BEYOND War is a member of
the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military
; the Divest from the War Machine Coalition; the Global Day Against
Military Spending
; the International Peace Bureau; the Korea Collaboration
Network; the
Poor People’s Campaign; United for Peace and Justice; the United
National Antiwar Coalition
; the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear
; the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space; the
international network
No to war no to NATO; Overseas Base Realignment and
Closure Coalition
; People Over Pentagon; Campaign to End the Selective Service
System; the Demilitarize U.S. to Palestine Coalition;
Just Recovery Canada; No
Fighter Jets Coalition
; Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network; Peace Education
Network (PEN)
; Beyond Nuclear; Working Group on Youth, Peace, and
; Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace.
Contact: David Swanson
davidcnswanson (at) gmail.com

Abolition des armes nucléaires
Maison de Vigilance ( Abolition of
nuclear weapons
House of Vigilance ), FRANCE, contact: Thierry Duvernoy
thierry.duvernoy1963 (at) hotmail.fr
Aktive Arbeitslose,
AUSTRIA, contact: Martin Mair
kontakt (at) aktive
Alliance for Labour and Solidarity,
CZECHIA, contact: Jan Kavan
kavanjan17 (at) gmail.com

Amandamaji ry,
FINLAND, contact: Marika Lohi marika.lohi (at) ehtaraha.fi
Amnesty International
Suomen osasto Finnish section, FINLAND,
ontact: Frank Johansson frank.johansson (at) amnesty.fi
ARGE Schöpfungsverantwortung
Ökosoziale Bewegung (ARGE
ecosocial movement)
AUSTRIA, contact:Isolde Schönstein
office (at) argeschoepfung.at

Artister för fred
Artists for peace, SWEDEN, contact: Kemal Görgü
kemalgrg (at) hotmail.com

Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto ry
The Union Of Conscientious Objector’s,
contact:Aku Kervinen aku.kervinen (at) aklweb.fi
RESPUESTA PARA LA PAZ, ARGENTINA, contact: Diana de la Rúa
dianadelarua (at) respuestaparalapaz.org.ar
diana_delarua (at) yahoo.com.ar
Association of Hungarian Resistants and Antifascits, HUNGARY, contact:
Vilmos Hanti
measzba (at) gmail.com
FINLAND, contact: Omar ElBegawy omar.elbegawy (at) attac.fi
BURKINA FASO, contact: Souleymane SAMPEBGO
attacburkina (at) yahoo.fr

Attac Freiburg,
GERMANY, contact: Christoph Lienkamp
e.huegel (at) posteo.de

Hungary Association, HUNGARY, contact: Mátyás Benyik
benyikmatyas (at) gmail.com

ÄrztInnen für eine gesunde Umwelt
Austrian doctors for the
AUSTRIA, contact: Hanns Moshammer
hanns.moshammer (at)
AWC Deutschland e. V. Association of World Citizens Germany,

contact: Brigitte Ehrich brigitte.ehrich (at) ambaechle.de
Begegnungszentrum für aktive Gewaltlosigkeit
Center for Encounter
and active Non
violence, AUSTRIA, contact: Maria und Matthias Reichl
info (at) begegnungszentrum.at

Bremer Friedensforum (Bremen Peace Forum),
GERMANY, contact:
Ekkehard Lentz
bremer.friedensforum (at) gmx.de
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace,
CANADA, contact: Marla Slavner
(at) vowpeace.org
Casa de la Pax Cultura Civil Association
, ARGENTINA, contact: Estela
estelatuta15 (at) gmail.com
Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau,
SPAIN, contact: Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto
info (at) centredelas.org

Club Gaianoah (
Salutogenic Center), FRANCE, contact: Prof. Qiú
clubgaianoah.info (at) gmail.com

CND Cymru (the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Wales),

, contact: Brian Jones heddwch (at) cndcymru.org
Tutkimusta, taidetta ja toimintaa oikeudenmukaisuuden edistämiseksi
CRASH Coalition for Research and Action for Social Justice and Human
FINLAND, contact: Outi Hakkarainen outi.hakkarainen (at) crash.fi
d’Agir pour la Paix,
BELGIUM, contact: Stephanie Demblon
(at) agirpourlapaix.be
Defence for Children International, Czech section,
contact:Miroslav Prokeš
mirek.prokes (at) nfint.org
“Democracy Today”, ARMENIA, contact: Gulnara Shainian
gulnara.shainian (at) gmail.com

Deutsche Sektion der
Women’s International League for Peace and
Freedom (WILPF),
GERMANY, contact: Marieke Fröhlich
froehlich (at) wilpf.de

EcoMujer e.V.,
GERMANY, contact: Monika Schierenberg
leo (at) web.de
Environmentalists Against War,
USA, contact: Gar Smith
gar.smith (at) earthlink.net

(Consciousness) Journal Editorial, HUNGARY, contact: Tamás
antal.attila85 (at) gmail.com
Ehrfurcht Vor Allem Leben, AUSTRIA, contact:
Heinz Hinrichs khh (at) evalww.com
Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR
USA), USA, contact: Ethan VeselyFlad
organizing (at) forusa.org

Feministische Partei DIE FRAUEN
, GERMANY, contact:Margot Müller
info (at) feministischepartei.de

Folkkampanjen mot Kärnkraft
Kärnvapen Peoples’ Movement Against
Nuclear Power And Weapons
,SWEDEN, contact: Jan Strömdahl
Jfstromdahl (at) gmail.com

Folkkampanjen mot kärnkraft
kärnvapen i Sundsvall Peoples’
Movement Against Nuclear Power And Weapons
, Sundsvall, SWEDEN,
contact: Birgitta
Krona bi.krona (at) yahoo.se
Föreningen Fredens Hus Göteborg,
SWEDEN, contact: Karin Utas Carlsson
k.utas.carlsson (at) gmail.com

“For Nature” movement , Chelyabinsk,
RUSSIA, contact: Andrey Talevlin
atalevlin (at) gmail.com

Forum on Disarmament and Development (FDD) of Sri Lanka,
, contact: Vidya Abhayagunawardena vidyampa (at) hotmail.com
Frauennetzwerk für Frieden e.V. / Women’s Network for Peace,

, contact: Elise Kopper info (at) frauennetzwerkfuerfrieden.de
Fredsrörelsen på Orust,
SWEDEN, contact: Ola Friholt
ola.friholt (at) gmail.com

FredsVagten ved Christiansborg,
DENMARK, contact: IreneSørensen
0802irene (at) gmail.com
FriedensAttac Österreich, AUSTRIA, contact: Gerhard Kofler
FriedensAttac (at) attac.at

Friedensbüro Salzburg,
AUSTRIA, contact: Hans Peter Graß
grass (at) friedensbuero.at

Friedensglockengesellschaft Berlin e.V.,
GERMANY, contact: Anja Mewes
friedensglockengesellschaft (at)web.de

Friedensregion Bodensee e.V.
Peace region Bodensee, GERMANY,
contact: Martina Knappert
Hiese martina.knapperthiese (at) freenet.de
Friends of Nature Prague,
CZECHIA, contact: Mirek Prokeš
mirek.prokes (at) nf
Galway Alliance Against War,
IRELAND, contact: Niall Farrell
galwayallianceagainstwar (at) gmail.com

Global Sunrise Project,
USA, contact: Marla & Kasha Slavner
theglobalsunriseproject (at) gmail.com

Gröna kvinnor
Green Women, SWEDEN, contact Ewa Larsson
ewagron1 (at)
GSoA (Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee),
Anja Gada
anja (at) gsoa.ch
Hamburger Forumfür Völkerverständigung und weltweite Abrüstung e.

GERMANY, contact: Markus Gunkel hamburgerforum (at) hamburg.de
Hungarian Antif
ascist League, HUNGARY, contact: Tamás Hirschler
thirschler (at) t
Hungarian Social Forum
(HSF), HUNGARY, contact: Vera Zalka
zalkavera (at) gmail.com

Hungarian Workers Party 2006 – European Left, HUNGARY, contact: Attila
Vajnai – vajnai (at) t-online.hu

CAMEROON, contact: Jean vivien H.
iapda_cam (at)hotmail.com

Indian Institute for Peace Disarmament & Environmental Protection,

, contact: Balkrishna Kurvey bkkurvey (at) gmail.com
INNATE (Irish Network for Nonviolent Action Training and Education),

, contact: Rob Fairmichael innate (at) ntlworld.com
nternasjonal Kvinneliga for Fred og Frihet (IKFF WILPF), NORWAY,
Britt Schumann ikff (at) ikff.no
Internationaler Versöhnungsbund Österreichischer Zweig
International Fellowship of Reconciliation Austrian Branch), AUSTRIA,
contact: Pete Hämmerle
office (at) versoehnungsbund.at
Internationella kvinnoförbundet för fred och frihet (IKFF
Göteborg section,
SWEDEN, contact: Begard Yunis
begardy (at) hotmail.com

IPPNW-Guatemala (International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War), GUATEMALA, contact: Carlos Vassaux

cvassaux (at) gmail.com

Joensuun rauhanryhmä
Joensuu Peace Group, FINLAND, contact: Rony
ojajarvi.rony (at) gmail.com
Karl Marx Society,
HUNGARY, contact: Gábor Finta
gabor.finta.61 (at) gmail.com

Friedensforum Kiel Peace Forum, GERMANY, contact: Benno Stahn
b.stahn (at) kielerfriedensforum.de
Kronoberg för fred och alliansfrihet
Kronoberg for peace and
alignment, SWEDEN, contact: SvenErik Månsson
mansson.svenerik (at) gmail.com

Kvinnor för fred
Women for Peace, SWEDEN, contact: Susanne
susanne.gerstenberg (at) telia.com
Kvinnor för fred i Sundsvall
Women for Peace in Sundsvall, SWEDEN,
Contact: Ulrika Hådén
ulrhad (at) gmail.com
Lääkärin sosiaalinen vastuu ry – Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR
Finland), FINLAND, contact: Line Kurki puheenjohtaja (at) lsv.fi

Lajos Magyar Foundation,
HUNGARY, contact: Gábor Székely
labour.yearbook2 (at) gmail.com

Latin-America Society in Hungary, HUNGARY, contact: László Kupi –
kupilaszlo84 (at) gmail.com

Latvian Green Movement
LaGM, LATVIA, contact: Janis Matulis
janis.matulis (at) zalie.lv

Left Alternative Association
of Hungary, HUNGARY, contact: Gábor Szász
cacpilota (at) gmail.com
szaszg (at) gdf.hu
Left Ecological
Forum, BELGIUM, contact: Michel Vanhoorne
michel.vanhoorne (at) ugent.be

Maan ystävät ry/Friends of the Earth Finland,
FINLAND, contact: Tanja
tanja.pulliainen (at) maanystavat.fi
Miljöringen Lovisa Circle for the Environment Loviisa, FINLAND, contact:
Christer Alm
christer.alm45 (at) gmail.com
Mouvement de l’Objection de Conscience de Nancy,
FRANCE, contact:
Michel BONIFACE mocnancy (at) ouvaton.org grudji (at) free.fr
international de la Réconciliation (MIR) FRANCE, contact :
Christian Renoux
mirfr (at) clubinternet.fr
Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente (MAN) – Movement for a
Non-violent Alternative, FRANCE, contact: Serge PERRIN

man (at) nonviolence.fr – perrin.serge (at) club.fr

Movement for the Abolition of War,
UNITED KINGDOM, contact: Tim
info (at) abolishwar.org.uk
Muslim Peace Fellowship,
USA, contact: Susan Smith
susanhsmith (at) forusa.org

Naiset Atomivoimaa
Vastaan Women Against Nuclear Power, FINLAND,
contact: Ulla Klötzer
ullaklotzer (at) yahoo.com
Naiset Rauhan Puolesta
Women for Peace, FINLAND, contact: Lea
lea.launokari (at) nettilinja.fi
NaturFreunde Deutschlands e.V. (Nature Friends Germany), GERMANY,
contact: Maritta Strasser strasser (at) naturfreunde.de

(La Via Campesina Sweden),SWEDEN, contact: Maximilian
isenmax (at) hotmail.com
Norges Fredsråd
Norwegian Peace Council, NORWAY, contact: Oda
Andersen Nyborg
oda (at) norgesfredsrad.no
OMEGA/ Österreichische Sektion der IPPNW (International Physicians

for the Prevention of Nuclear War,
AUSTRIA, contact:Klaus Renoldner
reno (at) wvnet.at

Opettajien Lähetysliitto
Teachers’ Mission Association of Finland,
contact:Hanna Tamminen opettajienlahetysliitto (at) gmail.com
Organisers for the Left
(SZAB), HUNGARY, contact: György Droppa
droppa (at) droppa.hu

Österreichischer Friedensrat (Austrian Peace Council)
AUSTRIA, contact: Andreas Pecha
Pax.vienna (at) chello.at

PAND Taiteilijat rauhan puolesta – Artists for peace, FINLAND, contact:

Antti Seppänen pandtalo (at) hotmail.fi

Peace SOS,
NETHERLANDS, contact: MayMay Meijer info (at) peacesos.nl
Platform Vrouwen en Duurzame Vrede (Platform Women and
Sustainable Peace),
NETHERLANDS, contact: Anna Zanen
annazanen (at) home.nl

Public Council of the South Coast of the Gulf of Finland
contact:Oleg Bodrov
obdecom (at) gmail.com
Réseau de Défenseurs des Droits Humains de l’Afrique
CAMEROON, contact: Maximilienne C. NGO MBE
redhac.executifddhafricentrale (at) gmail.com

Riksföreningen Nej till NATO
No to NATO, SWEDEN contact: Lars Drake
drake_lars (at) hotmail.com
Scottish CND
, UNITED KINGDOM, contact: Lynn Jamieson
chair (at) banthebomb.org

Sicherheit neu denken
Rethinking Security Initiative, GERMANY,
Ralf Becker ralf.becker (at) ekiba.de
Solidarwerkstatt Österreich
Association for Solidarity, AUSTRIA,
contact: Gerald Oberansmay
office (at) solidarwerkstatt.at
Steirische Friedensplattform,
AUSTRIA, contact: Franz Sölkner
franz.soelkner (at) thalbeigraz.at

Sundsvall-Timrå FN förening (Sundsvall-Timrå UN association) SWEDEN,
contact:Sameer Lafta- sameerlafta (at) gmail.com

Suomen Rauhanpuolustajat
Finnish Peace Committee, FINLAND,
Teemu Matinpuro teemu.matinpuro (at) rauhanpuolustajat.fi
Svenska Fredskommittén
Swedish Peace Committee, SWEDEN, contact:
Claudio Mc Conell
cmwc (at) mail.com
Svenska Fredsvänner i Helsingfors
(Swedish Peace friends in Helsinki),
, contact: Elisabeth Nordgren elisabeth.nordgren (at) pp.inet.fi
kvinnors Vänsterförbund, Swedish Women of the Left, SWEDEN,
contact: Ianthe Holmberg
ianthe.holmberg (at) gmail.com
Sveriges Fredsråd – Swedish Peace Council, SWEDEN, contact: Agneta
Norberg – lappland.norberg (at) gmail.com

Tekniikka elämää palvelemaan
Tekniken i livets tjänst r.y.
Technology for Life,
FINLAND, contact: Claus Montonen
claus.montonen (at) gmail.com

Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, UKRAINE, contact: Yurii Sheliazhenko –

yuriy.sheliazhenko (at) gmail.com

Västernorrland FN distrikt
(Västernorrland UN district), SWEDEN, contact:
Sameer Lafta
sameerlafta (at) gmail.com
Vrede vzw, BELGIUM, contact: Ludo De Brabander Ludo (at) vrede.be
Vrouwen voor Vrede Enschede, the
NETHERLANDS, contact: Tiny Hannink
tinyhannink3 (at) gmail.com

Wiener Plattform Atomkraftfrei
Viennese Platform Nuclearfree ,
, contact: Johanna Nekowitsch atomkraftfreiezukunft (at) gmx.at
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
, contact: Paula Shaw ukwilpf.peace (at) gmail.com
World BEYOND War,
GERMANY, contact: Andreu Ginestet Menke
Andreu_Ginestet (at) email.de

XR Peace,
UNITED KINGDOM, contact: Angie Zelter
reforest (at) gn.apc.org

Oksana Chelysheva
, political refugee, journalist and human rights
defender, Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression,

oksana.chelysheva (at) yahoo.com
Frank Hornschu, Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund – Kiel, GERMANY

Frank.Hornschu (at) dgb.de

Kateřina KONEČNÁ, The Left group in the European Parliament

katerina.konecna (at) europarl.europa.eu
Prof. Dr. Klaus Moegling,
GERMANY klaus (at) moegling.de
Thomas Roithner, Friedensforscher und Privatdozent für

Wien, AUSTRIA thomas.roithner (at) univie.ac.at
Gulnara Shainian, UN Special Rapporteur in slavery
gulnara.shainian (at) gmail.com
Madis Vasser, researcher, University of Tartu,
madis.vasser (at) ut.ee

Thomas Vollmer, Scientist For Future Kassel
kassel (at) tonline.de

The letter has also been forwarded as ”for your

to the presidency of the UN Human Rights Council and
to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the 47 member

The letter is available in Finnish, Swedish, English,
German, French, Spanish and Russian at the
homepage of Women for Peace – Finland


For further information:

Women for Peace Finland

Women Against Nuclear Power Finland

Ulla Klötzer


+ 358 50 569 0967

Lea Launokari


+ 358 50 552 2330

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