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Open-Ended Working Group reconvenes to address means of breaking nuclear disarmament gridlock

19 August 2013 Today marks the opening of the third and final session in 2013 for the open-ended working group (OEWG) at the United Nations in Geneva. For ICAN, this new arena represents an opportunity to lay the case for a treaty banning nuclear weapons as the logical and decisive next step towards achieving a world free from these weapons. The OEWG was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 67/56, adopted in October 2012, with ... Read More

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“I chose abolition over Los Alamos”: Nobel prize winner Jack Steinberger joins the share your shadow initiative

07 July 2013 Dr Hans Jakob “Jack” Steinberger is stark in his description of the horror of nuclear weapons. And his perspective is perhaps one that warrants special notice. A world-renowned physicist, based at CERN since 1968, Dr Steinberger’s impressive career culminated in the award of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the discovery of a subatomic particle called the “muon neutrino”. His current work focuses on seeking solutions for what ... Read More

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Debunking nuclear myths in Costa Rica

By Carlos Umana Silesky This past May, IPPNW Costa Rica was excited to welcome Ward Wilson, scholar and nuclear myth-debunker extraordinaire, to San José for a 10-day visit. Mr Wilson is the author of the compelling 5 Myths About Nuclear Weapons , which comprehensively takes down the most prominent fallacies about nuclear weapons put forth by proponents of the status quo. Mr Wilson presented his work, with his characteristically engaging flair, at the Ministry of ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

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    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

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    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

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    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

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    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

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    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate