5 August 1983
The 22nd Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 31 July – 6 August, 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden:
Weapons that kill are not only means used in war. Acts of terrorism, use of chemicals and poisons against which there is no protection and whose origins may be difficult if not impossible to determine can have long-lasting effects on the physical integrity of the populations. Misleading information and rumours can create a condition of insecurity and fear and can lead to mass hysteria in the population.
All such means of warfare have as their aim the destruction of the physical, mental and psychological state of the individual and the whole society and can have long-lasting effects. They bring with them the breakdown of all moral values that a society may have built over generations and which are so important to peace and freedom.
WILPF considers it urgent to assemble and study information and facts about the use of such methods of warfare and in cooperation with involved specialists, make this knowledge available to appropriate organizations with a view to finding means to immediately halt the use of such methods of warfare.