The OLOF PALME PEACE FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL (OPPFI), was founded in Ghana, in 1986. It seeks to promote freedom, justice, dignity, unity and peace for the peoples of that nation and the world at large. The OPPFI foundation is affiliated with the United Nations and the Department of Public Information (DPI).
The OPPFI is non-profitable, non-political and in its operations and outreach.
The Founder and Executive President of the organization is Osoronko Nana-Yabani, a Ghanaian Linguist, an international poet and UN Peace Messenger.
The inspiration behind the organization is the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Hon. Olof Palme.
Mr. Palme was a towering figure in the field of international peace and justice for Mankind.
He served as Prime Minister of Sweden twice: from 14 Oct 1969 to 08 Oct 1976 and from 08 Oct 1982 to 28 Feb 1986, when he was assassinated by an unknown gunperson whilst coming from a theatre with his wife. He was the leader of the Swedish Socal Democratic Party from 1969 to 1986. His political legacy covers a worldwide effort to promote peace, elevate the cause of the "Oppressed" and promote justice for all peoples.
The highlights of those efforts include:
a) Criticism of aspects of the Vietnam War.
b) Vocal opposition to the crushing of the Prague Spring by the Soviet Union in 1968.
c) Campaigning against nuclear proliferations.
d) Criticism of the dictatorial Franco regime in spain.
e) Opposition to apartheid and support of economic sanctions against South Africa during the heyday of that racial policy.
f) Meeting with various third world leaders to promote their cause of freedom and economic growth.
Olof Palme was a great man of balance who understood and full well his responsibilities to the Western Alliance and NATO, at the height of the cold war, without compromising his humanitarian principles either for the sake of political alliance with the West or ideological affinity with the East. In his memory, the OPPFI has committed itself to the worldwide pursuit of the general goals followed by Mr. Olof Palme.
Sven Olof Joachim Palme (Swedish: [²uːlɔf ²palmɛ] ( listen); 30 January 1927 – 28 February 1986) was a Swedish Social Democratic politician, statesman and prime minister. A longtime protégé of Prime Minister Tage Erlander, Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party (S) from 1969 until his assassination in 1986, and was a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden, heading a Privy Council Government from 1969 to 1976 and a cabinet government from 1982 until his death. Electoral defeats in 1976 and 1979 marked the end of Social Democratic hegemony in Swedish politics, which had seen 40 years of unbroken rule by the party. While leader of the opposition, he parted domestic and international interests and served as special mediator of the United Nations in the Iran–Iraq War, and was President of the Nordic Council in 1979. He returned as Prime Minister after electoral victories in 1982 and 1985.
Palme was a pivotal, renowned, and polarizing figure domestically as well as in international politics since the 1960s. He was steadfast in his non-alignment policy towards the superpowers, accompanied by support for numerous third world liberation movements following decolonization including, most controversially, economic and vocal support for a number of Third World governments which were guilty of gross violations of human rights. Most famously, he was the first Western head of government to visit Cuba after its revolution, giving a speech in Santiago praising contemporary Cuban and Cambodian revolutionaries.
Frequently a critic of US and Soviet foreign policy, he resorted to fierce and often polarizing criticism in pinpointing his resistance towards imperialist ambitions and authoritarian regimes, including those of Francisco Franco of Spain, Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union, António de Oliveira Salazar of Portugal and Gustáv Husák of Czechoslovakia, as well as B J Vorster and P W Botha of South Africa. His 1972 condemnation of the Hanoi bombings, notably comparing the tactic to the Treblinka extermination camp, resulted in a temporary freeze in Sweden–United States relations. His murder by an unapprehended assailant on a street in Stockholm on 28 February 1986 was the first of its kind in modern Swedish history, and the first assassination of a national leader since Gustav III. It had a great impact across Scandinavia. Local convict and addict Christer Pettersson was convicted of the murder in the first instance court tingsrätten, but was acquitted on appeal to the Svea hovrätt.