OWP Advocacy

The Organization for World Peace provides a critical voice in the international system, promoting peaceful and innovative solutions to complex issues. In doing so, the OWP seeks not only to educate the public, but to lobby those with significant influence to use their power to make decisions that promote peace and protect those who are most vulnerable.

The OWP advocates on a range of issues, all with an inherent link to peace and eradicating violent conflict. These issues include disarmament and the de-escalation of conflict and tension, the protection of human rights, and encouraging cooperation on complex issues. 

Peace without Justice is an impossibility.

I remain convinced that most human conflicts can be solved through genuine open dialogue conducted with a spirit of openness and reconciliation.

The OWP Advocacy team promotes the consideration of peaceful solutions to complex issues by providing thorough research and well-thought out recommendations to resolve conflict. This includes directly lobbying decision makers and key actors to take actions that promote peaceful resolution to these issues. We endeavor to publish our advocacy work for all to see, and for others to share. 

The OWP's Advocacy Letters

TO: Egyptian Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq

ACTION: halt any plans to forcibly return Alem Tesfay
Abraham and Kibrom Adhanom Okbazghi to Eritrea and release them

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: US President Joe Biden

ACTION: Grant clemency to Leonard Peltier, a member of the American
Indian Movement (AIM).

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Bangladesh Prime Sheikh Hasina Wazed  

ACTION: calling for the Bangladesh government to conduct Rohingya refugee 
relocations under a rights-respecting framework.

Read our advocacy letter here

TO: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken

ACTION: calling for the Biden administration to publicly declare its support for pro-
democracy demonstrators in Bahrain.

Read our advocacy letter here

TO: Kevin Foster MP
Member of Parliament for Torbay

ACTION: calling for the
Home Office to re-implement the U.K. global resettlement scheme with immediate effect.

Read our advocacy letter here

TO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

ACTION: pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020 in the US Senate to protect American citizens’ rights.

Read our advocacy letter here

TO: To Egypt’s Public Prosecutor, Hamada Al-Sawi

ACTION: the release of Zyad el-Elaimy, Hossam Moanis, Hisham Fouad and other
individuals who were detained in case 930/2019 (the ‘Hope case’).

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Carrie Lam,
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive

ACTION: proceed with Hong
Kong’s legislative council elections before the end of 2020.

Read our advocacy letter here.

To: Mr Nicolas Schmit,
European Commissioner for Jobs and Social

ACTION: a stronger response to the inhumane treatment of seasonal migrant workers across Europe.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO:Morse H. Tan,
Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of Global
Criminal Justice at the
US Department of State.

ACTION:take action in order to preserve human rights
that are being threatened by MBS and the Saudi government.

Read our advocacy letter here

TO: Brazilian Minister of Health, General Eduardo Pazuello.

ACTION: Encourage the Brazilian Government to follow health guidelines in relation to COVID-19.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

ACTION: Launch an independent investigation into allegations that your government is violating due process of law for asylum seekers entering from Turkey.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Indian Minister for Rural Development, Narendra Singh Tomar.

ACTION: Expand support for India’s internal migrant worker population.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO:  Venezuelan Minister of the People’s Power for Interior Relations and Justice, Néstor Reverol.

ACTION: Condemn the use of forced disappearances as a political tool by the Maduro administration.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO:  ICC Judge and President, Chile Eboe-Osuji.

ACTION: Launch an independent international investigation into the genocide of Uighur people in China.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Office in Geneva and President of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger

ACTION:Launch an independent international investigation on the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

ACTION: Grant asylum to Rohingya people seeking refuge in Malaysia

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin

ACTION: Outlaw the use of ‘chokeholds’ by Police officers.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: U.S. Rep. John Garamandi

ACTION: End Program 1033

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters.

ACTION: Take a stronger stance on the issue and condemn these actions.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Andrea Prasow, Washington Director of Human Rights Watch

ACTION: Investigate the United States’ on human rights issues.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Charanya Krishnaswami, Americas Advocacy Director at Amnesty International 

ACTION: To publicly reject the attempted undemocratic overthrow of the Venezuelan President.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Dr. Ariv-ur-Rehman Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of  Pakistan

ACTION: To ensure improved living conditions for prisoners in the midst of Covid-19.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Keith Ellison, Attorney General of Minnesota

ACTION: Reject the injection of military support to suppress Black Lives Matter protesting.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Chris Murphy, United States Senator

ACTION: To oppose the provision of military weapons and support for Saudi Arabia.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Francois-Phillippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs 

ACTION: Cancel permits allowing military exports to Saudi Arabia and cease arms negotiations.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Adam Smith, Chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee

ACTION: To increase United States humanitarian aid to Yemen and stop cutting humanitarian aid funds.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Pete Visclosky, Chairman of the United States Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

ACTION: Approve funding request for better tracking and prevention of civilian deaths in fight against terrorism abroad.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Y.A.B. Tuan Amirudin Shari of the Selangor Government.

ACTION: Stop the degazetting of Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Director David Fathi of the American Civil Liberties Union.

ACTION: Support lawsuits to reinstate the visitation rights of prisoners in Knox County jail.

Read our advocacy letter here.

TO: Director Jesse Bless of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

ACTION: Support lawsuits against the unjust Prompt Asylum Claim Review policy.

Read our advocacy letter here.

Our Analysis and Recommendations

Nile River Water Crisis Report

This report provides in-depth analysis of the Grand Ethiopian Rannaissance Dam (GERD) project, its effects on access to water and consequent political tension between actors in the Nile River basin.

The Global Arms Trade Report

In this report, we analyse key issues in the global arms trade that prevent peace, perpetuate conflict and ensure instability. The report aims to provide a set of realistic recommendations to reduce the flow of arms.

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in becoming an OWP advocate, please see the advocates page in our careers section.