Call for a Global COVID-19 Ceasefire and Lifting of Sanctions!

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Secretary-General Guterres and Permanent Members of Security Council

On March 23, 2020, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ called for “an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world,” in order to win the war against the coronavirus pandemic. “That is why today,” Secretary-General Guterres said:

“It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives. To warring parties, I say: Pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns, stop the artillery, end the airstrikes. This is crucial — to help create corridors for life-saving aid. To open precious windows for diplomacy. To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

On March 26, 2020, the U.N. Secretary-General said,  “This war needs a war-time plan to fight it.”

“We are at war with a virus – and not winning it. It took the world three months to reach 100,000 confirmed cases of infection. The next 100,000 happened in just 12 days. The third took four days. The fourth, just one and a half. This is exponential growth and only the tip of the iceberg.This war needs a war-time plan to fight it. Solidarity is essential. Among the G-20 – and with the developing world, including countries in conflict. That is why I appealed for a global ceasefire. “

On March 26, 2020, according to Presstv.com, The diplomatic missions of Russia, China, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that

“[W]arned about the negative impact of the sanctions on the international efforts aimed at containing the deadly virus. … The letter described the pathogen as the “common enemy” of mankind and said unilateral sanctions imposed by some countries were complicating the fight against the coronavirus. … They called on the United Nations (UN) chief to ask for the lifting of unilateral sanctions on various countries that are hindering the global fight against the new coronavirus.”

On April 3, 2020, Secretary-General Guterres said, according to AP News in France,

“That warring parties in 11 countries had responded positively to his March 23 appeal — Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Colombia, Libya, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen have also expressed their acceptance. But he warned that turning words into peace will be enormously difficult.”

The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) understands that the struggle to maintain this global ceasefire, and to build a “better world” will be even more difficult.

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Presidents Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump

On April 15, 2020, according to an AP News article, French President Emmanuel Macron said ”he hoped that “in the coming days” the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council can discuss and endorse U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for a cease-fire to all conflicts in the world in order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.” President Macron said in this interview with French radio RFI broadcast,

“(T)hat he is only waiting for agreement from Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold the 5-country video conference. (China’s) President Xi Jinping confirmed to me he agrees. (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump confirmed to me he agrees. (British) Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed to me he agrees. I think President Putin will agree too. “When he does, we can have this video conference and therefore endorse it (Guterres’ call) with great solemnity, strength, and even more efficiency.”

Imprisoned Gang members in El Salvador

In 2011, there were approximately 1.4 million active streets and prison Gang (Nation) members in more than 33,500 gangs, in more than 2,500 communities across the United States. Approximately 230,000 gang members were in U.S. prisons or jails. Chicago had 150,000 members, the most of any city in the U.S., and Los Angeles County, the Gang Capital of America, had an estimated 120,000. In 1999, Hispanics accounted for 47% of all gang members, Africans (Black) 31%, Whites 13%, and Asians 7% in the U.S. There were 39 gangs with 5,000 members on the Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. There were more than 250,000 gang members in El Salvador.

Since the late 1950’s Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokely Carmichael), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Movement, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, and our Allies worldwide have worked with Gangs (Nations) and struggled for Gang Truces, locally and nationally, across the United States and the World.

The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) takes the occasion of the U.N. Call for a COVID-19 Ceasefire issue a call for a COVID-19 Gang Truce in every community and country in the United States, Africa, the African Diaspora, and the World. We ask them to turn their tremendous power and potential towards helping win the War against the Coronavirus.

COVID-10 Update

As of 04:18 GMT on May 3, 2020, there were 3,484,483 coronavirus cases,  2,118,127 were active including 2,067,269 (97%) in mild condition and 50,858 (2%) in serious or critical condition. There are 1,366,356 closed cases, 1,121,576 (82%) recovered / discharged and 244.780 (18%) deaths.

In the interest of all Peoples of the World, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) respectfully agrees with:

  1. The UN Secretary-General’s Call for an immediate Global COVID-19 Ceasefire.
  2. France’s proposal to hold a P-5 summit meeting immediately, via videoconference.
  3. Russia’s and the 10 elected UN Security Council members call for an in-person summit of the five UN Security Council members, immediately after the P-5 videoconference.
  4. The United States’ call for “transparency.”
  5. The Calls for the declaration of COVID-19 hostis humani generis, a “common enemy of mankind;” for the lifting of unilateral sanctions; and for an increase in funding to the World Health Organization greater than the scale and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an act of solidarity with all Peoples, especially Youth of the World, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC) requests that progressive and revolutionary organizations and individuals who agree with the above five points and Call for a COVID-19 Gang Truce help build a worldwide movement forward this post to every corner of the World, and help win the War against the Coronavirus.

All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)

Posted on 21 April 2020

Revised on 3 May 2020