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Dutch nuclear weapons: the end of ambiguity

By Susi Snyder and Wilbert van der Zeijden, IKV Pax Christi Word is out, finally, on the American nuclear weapons in Holland. After decades of maintaining an Israeli style policy of ambiguity no less than three former Dutch ministers confirmed there are nuclear weapons in the Netherlands. Two former Prime Ministers- Ruud Lubbers (1982-1994) and Dries van Agt (1977- 1982), as well as former defence minister Bram Stemerdink (1977) have on radio, and on television, confirmed


The end of ambiguity, the beginning of transparency?

By Susi Snyder, Nuclear Disarmament Programme Leader for IKV Pax Christi  In a National Geographic documentary on the cold war, former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers broke the cone of silence surrounding the U.S. nuclear weapons stored at the Volkel air base in the Netherlands. For decades, the Netherlands (along with most other NATO allies) have kept a policy of ambiguity around the presence of these weapons on their territories. The Germans, in their government coalition agreement of


THE TIME TO DIVEST IS NOW

On May 14, activists gathered at the five-star Okura hotel in Amsterdam to protest at the annual shareholders meeting of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company (EADS). The Netherlands-based arms giant is a known supplier of nuclear weapons components to the French government.  Krista van Velzen of IKV Pax Christi, an ICAN Partner in the Netherlands, was one of the concerned shareholders in attendance who asked critical questions of EADS’ management and demanded the complete cessation


Swiss bankers must divest from nuclear weapons

Investing in the production of nuclear weapons is now illegal in Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Council recently responded to an interpellation submitted by Evi Alleman of the Swiss Social Democratic Party who, referring to ICAN’s report Don’t Bank on the Bomb, demanded clarifications on whether investing in nuclear weapons is illegal according to Swiss law. The interpretation of the law provided by the Swiss Federal Council was unambiguous in declaring that the financing of nuclear


Swedish FM attacks signatories of Humanitarian Initiative: ”Not serious states”

The Swedish Foreign Minister (and former Prime Minister) Carl Bildt has found himself in hot water after his curious comments on a radio show in response to questions over Sweden’s refusal to recognize the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons at the committee of state parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty this past April (NPT PrepCom). The Swedish government has been criticized for neglecting to join 80 other countries – including its Scandinavian neighbours Norway, Denmark


79 States sign Joint Statement on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Applause rang through the Assembly Hall in the Palais des Nations at the 2nd PrepCom after South Africa read out the names of the 79 states who comprised the newly-formed Humanitarian Initiative and signed the statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa read the statement which expressed deep concern on behalf of the signees about the catastrophic humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and demanded their “recognition as a fundamental and


NPT: concern over humanitarian impact is growing among states

Two days into PrepCom 2013 and already we are seeing some key shifts in the language of nuclear disarmament. A growing number of the delegations, including those from several nuclear umbrella States, are emphatically recognizing the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, while welcoming the initiative by the Mexican government to hold a follow-up meeting to the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo


The road to Mexico

Back in March in Oslo, 500 campaigners from around the world gathered to add their voices to the demand that states recognize the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. There can be no doubt that the historic conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was a clear success. The 127 states in attendance heard expert testimony about the impacts of nuclear weapons, and many of them



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    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

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    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

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    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

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    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

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