PAX kicks off campaign for a national ban on nuclear weapons in The Hague
September 19, 2014
On September 18 in the Hague, ICAN partner PAX launched a major campaign: “Sign Against Nukes” (www.tekentegenkernwapens.nl). “Sign Against Nukes“ aims to push the idea of a national law banning nuclear weapons onto the Dutch political agenda. To do this we need to collect at least 40,000 signatures from Dutch citizens. In the Netherlands, any initiative by citizens that collects 40,000 signatures can put an issue directly on the parliamentary agenda. In the past, this has proven to be a successful method to change Dutch policy. Supported by the Dutch Red Cross society and the ethical bank ASN, 40,000 signatures seems certainly doable – but it still requires a huge effort by an army of volunteers that are set to flood Dutch streets with signature forms and information leaflets. With this initiative, we want to make sure the Dutch government is getting ready for the start of negotiations on an international legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons and leading to their elimination.