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Anti-Nukes Move from Norway to Bahrain

After a full week of intensive activities in Oslo during the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, major anti-nuclear campaigners moved Monday to the Bahraini capital, Manama, in yet another step towards the abolition of atomic weapons. “Nuclear weapons – the most inhuman and destructive of all tools of war – are at the peak of a pyramid of violence in this increasingly interdependent wo ...

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Striving for a Nuclear Weapons Free World

Since the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site 20 years ago, Kazakhstan has been committed to put an end to nuclear weapons. Last year, the Nazarbayev Center was created in Astana to pursue this fight. Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Director of the Center, is very much involved in this issue. He was a few weeks ago in Oslo for the two conferences on nuclear weapons and has written an opinion article we ...

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Oslo: Historic global conference prepares ground for new initiative towards ban treaty

Press release from the International Campaign Against Nuclear weapons (ICAN) The historic Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons has concluded with the announcement of a follow-up meeting to be hosted by Mexico. A wide range of states and organisations agreed that an understanding of the global humanitarian consequences of nuclear detonations should be the starting point for urgent ac ...

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Historic movement begins towards ban on nuclear weapons

Pressenza republishes this press release from Article36 website. 127 states have taken part in the first-ever conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, and will meet again in Mexico to take the next step in this initiative to address the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. This marks a pivotal move towards establishing a treaty than bans nuclear weapons. “States, inte ...

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Nations agree to continue working towards a ban on nuclear weapons

In Oslo today 127 nations, together with international organisations and civil society representatives wrapped up their 2 day conference on the humanitarian consequences of a nuclear war. Presentation after presentation by organisations, experts and survivors left those delegates present in no doubt that nuclear weapons have no place in global politics or military strategy.  Peter Maurer, President of The R ...

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Book review: ’5 myths about nuclear weapons’ by Ward Wilson

By Jean-Marie Collin, “Blog Défense et Géopolitique, Alternatives-Internationales” Here’s a book worth reading!  Its author, Ward Wilson, deconstructs in simple terms the myths that “protect nuclear arsenals”.  His book is a success, because after publication in January last year, he hasn’t stopped travelling the world and large international bodies to present his reflections.  On the 20th of February he wa ...

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Potential nuclear attack ‘devastating and catastrophic’, says senior UN humanitarian official

Senior humanitarian aid workers, United Nations organizations and civil society members are meeting today in Norway to discuss what the international humanitarian community can realistically do to prepare for and to respond to the humanitarian impact of a nuclear weapon detonation. “The humanitarian consequences of a nuclear attack or an accidental nuclear blast are potentially devastating and catastrophic, ...

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UK government criticised for ignoring peace conference

Bill Kidd MSP, a Co-President Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, is the only parliamentarian from anywhere in the UK attending the historic conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons organised in Oslo by the Norwegian Government. Mr Kidd said: "I am attending this very important conference in Oslo because I believe we must take the issue of nuclear disarmament extr ...

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Desmond Tutu: Nuclear weapons must be eradicated for all our sakes

We cannot intimidate others into behaving well when we ourselves are misbehaving. Yet that is precisely what nations armed with nuclear weapons hope to do by censuring North Korea for its nuclear tests and sounding alarm bells over Iran's pursuit of enriched uranium. According to their logic, a select few nations can ensure the security of all by having the capacity to destroy all. Until we overcome this do ...

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Red Cross “Use of nuclear weapons: No effective relief would be possible”

Ahead of the international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons that will take place in Oslo on 4-5 March, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is stressing the lack of capacity at the international level to provide appropriate humanitarian assistance to survivors in the event of a nuclear explosion. The conference, to which States, international organizations and non-gove ...

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