At this dark hour in modern history, we, as Nobel Peace Laureates, are united in our firm opposition to Russia’s attack on the Ukraine. It ends an unprecedented stretch of over 70 years of uninterrupted peace in Europe, the longest in human history. It sets the stage for a calamitous and uncertain future for all of humankind. It raises the spectre of a nuclear war.
We urge an immediate peace dialogue with everyone called to the table.
We call for an immediate ceasefire for the protection of the civilian population.
The planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances are crimes against peace. These cannot be tolerated or allowed to continue.
We have confidence that the international community, acting immediately and without violence, can bring an end to this insupportable conflict.
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate (2011) – Liberia
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate (2003) – Iran
Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Laureate (2011) – Yemen
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Laureate (1992) – Guatemala
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate (1997) – USA