Peace and Disarmament

14.12.2014

South Sudan: Future of an Entire Generation of Children, Stolen in One Year

South Sudan: Future of an Entire Generation of Children, Stolen in One Year

Human Wrongs Watch The scale of the crisis facing children in South Sudan is “staggering” according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which on 12 December 2014 warned that the future of an entire generation of the country’s children was being “stolen” by the year-long conflict.  Since… »

13.12.2014

Courage, passion and humour in the Summit of the Nobel Peace Laureates

Courage, passion and humour in the Summit of the Nobel Peace Laureates

The passion and strength of those who dare to challenge the seemingly impossible, the sense of humour of a spiritual guide who knows how to communicate profound messages without useless and heavy solemnity and still the noticeable presence of a great fighter for nonviolence who died a year ago, dominated… »

13.12.2014

Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates: The Dalai Lama’s speech

Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates: The Dalai Lama’s speech

In the second session of the Summit, “Living in Peace for human development – the threats to sustainable human development”, at the end took the stage His Holiness the Dalai Lama accompanied by a standing ovation from the entire room. Without losing his subtle sense of humour, he explained that… »

12.12.2014

The XIV Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates opens in Rome

The XIV Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates opens in Rome

With Mairead Maguire’s inaugural speech, committed to the nonviolent resolution of the ethno-political conflict in Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Prize 1976, the first day of the Rome Summit opened this morning. The first session, called “Living Peace, Living Democracy”, counted on the participation of several Nobel Peace Laureates and… »

12.12.2014

Wars on Gaza: Over 100,000 Homes Damaged, Destroyed; 600,000 People Affected; Blackouts of up to 18 Hours per Day

Wars on Gaza: Over 100,000 Homes Damaged, Destroyed; 600,000 People Affected; Blackouts of up to 18 Hours per Day

Human Wrongs Watch Reconstruction efforts in Gaza continue as thousands of people will soon have access to building materials for urgent repairs to their homes following last summer’s conflict in the war-ravaged enclave, the UN special envoy in the region said. The UN estimates that over 100,000 homes were… »

12.12.2014

USA and UK to nuclear conference: “This means nothing to me. Aaaahhh Vienna!”

USA and UK to nuclear conference: “This means nothing to me. Aaaahhh Vienna!”

Three days after attending four days of intense nuclear weapon conferences in the Austrian capital, the title for this opinion piece comes to me as I recall the words sung by Ultravox on their 1981 hit, conveniently called Vienna also. Over those intense four days we saw and heard… »

10.12.2014

Nuclear weapons effectively illegal under humanitarian law

Nuclear weapons effectively illegal under humanitarian law

In the two-day international conference on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons in Vienna on the 8th and 9th of December 2014, Dr. Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was invited to present an overview of the legal status of… »

10.12.2014

Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons

Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons

Humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons must initiate treaty process in 2015 After 44 states called for a prohibition on nuclear weapons at a conference in Vienna on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, Austria delivered the “Austrian pledge” in which it committed to work to “fill the legal gap for… »

09.12.2014

ICAN calls for nuclear weapon ban following in the footsteps of biological and chemical weapons

ICAN calls for nuclear weapon ban following in the footsteps of biological and chemical weapons

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) statement to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons 9 December 2014, Vienna I am speaking on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over 360 organisations in more than 90 countries. We are a… »

09.12.2014

“The myth of the good war”: an essay worth reading

“The myth of the good war”: an essay worth reading

It is not often that one finds in a newspaper, unassuming amongst other articles and comments, a thorough analysis of the futility of war, the propaganda that tries to give it some sense and the devastating consequences of armed struggle. Geoffrey Wheatcroft writing today… »

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