A world free from fear and misery


Dear friends: "To live better lives after the Covid-19 emergency, we cannot ignore one fundamental fact, namely that the many moral, social, political, and economic crises we are experiencing are all interconnected, and what we see as isolated problems are actually causes and effects of one another. Consequently, we are called to confront the challenges of our world in a spirit of responsibility and compassion." (World Day of Peace Message 2023, 5)

We live in multiple global crises and an ocean of fears. Fear reminds us to be cautious and consider the consequences of our actions, but it should not stop us. Truth and human dignity mobilize us to confront them. "Every human being has the right to live with dignity and to develop integrally; this fundamental right cannot be denied by any country. People have this right even if they are unproductive, or were born with or developed limitations" (FT 107). This is the thrust of the Concerted Action "Facing our fears and reconnecting the world", which Justice and Peace Europe will develop in 2023-2024 and which advocates greater international cooperation, reinventing new forms of communication and fostering initiatives that reinforce the feeling of being part of a wider community.

The Platform for Tax Justice launches the campaign "Let's call a spade a spade" to request the RAE to change the term Tax Haven in Spain. The horizon is the eradication of these places in the medium term, implementing a multilateral tax regime that avoids tax incentive competition between States and addresses tax transparency, automatic exchange of information and the fight against fraud.

It is two years since the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and we continue the work for its ratification by more and more countries, including Spain. We invite joint participation at different levels and initiatives: ICAN cities, inviting municipalities to join; support of the Catholic Church for the TPNW; activities of the Alliance for the TPNW in Spain and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) itself.

Since the last newsletter we have participated in the different working groups, highlighting the public activities of "Connect yourself for Justice" and the seminar on the balance between personal, mutual and nature care; "Church for Decent Work", with the incorporation of the celebration of 8M in its activities; "Migrants with Rights" and the working meeting the Southern Border; and "Weaving Networks against Trafficking" and the celebration of the circle of silence on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Trafficking in Persons.

With all these actions, we seek for "a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom from fear and want" (UDHR).

Isabel Cuenca Anaya
Secretary General

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