Congress Resolution on No Foreign Military Bases Network

27 July 2007

Whereas Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom from its inception has sought to put an end to war and militarism; 

Whereas foreign military bases have a particularly negative impact on the lives of women; 

Whereas maintenance of such bases diverts vast sums from the meeting of human needs; 

Whereas such bases can be used for wars of intervention and other policies that are against the interests of people and governments; 

Whereas these bases function as enclaves of impunity where international law and human rights are violated; 

Whereas foreign military bases also violate the rule of law in both the sponsoring countries and the nations where they are located; 

Whereas such bases often cause disastrous environmental damage in the host countries, and these detrimental effects usually continue even after the bases are evacuated; 

Whereas such bases have a disastrous social impact with increases in the level of violence against women including rape, prostitution, social dislocation, the destruction of local economies and poverty; 

And whereas WILPF members from Germany, Japan and the United States were present at and participated in the formation of the new Network for the Abolition of Military Bases in Ecuador, March 5 to 9, 2007; 

Therefore the 29th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting July 21-27, 2007 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia: 

Supports the Abolition of Military Bases Network and working by non-violent and truthful means for closure of such bases around the world; 

Supports holding the base occupier fully responsible for follow up cleaning and for refunding the population for health problems due to the destructive effects of their military presence; 

Calls for in-depth independent studies on the effects of foreign military bases on the host nations and their populations.