Peace and Disarmament

27.03.2013

Promoting Peace: Fighting violence against women across the regions

Promoting Peace: Fighting violence against women across the regions

Pressenza is delighted to start publishing the articles of 1000 PeaceWomen.  We start with an article from their latest newsletter. One of the major obstacles to achieving a culture of peace and ensuring gender equality is a problem that still plagues societies everywhere: Violence against women (VAW). Across… »

25.03.2013

UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text

UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text

Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s analysis of a new draft of the treaty circulated… »

24.03.2013

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda now in custody of International Criminal Court

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda now in custody of International Criminal Court

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has welcomed the news of the transfer of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda to The Hague, where he faces charges for a range of alleged war crimes, including rape, murder and the recruitment of children. Mr. Ntaganda has been indicted by the… »

23.03.2013

Tomas Young and the End of the Body of War

Tomas Young and the End of the Body of War

Tomas Young was in the fifth day of his first deployment to Iraq when he was struck by a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad’s Sadr City. The single bullet paralyzed him from the chest down, and changed his life forever. Now, nine years later, at the age of 33, Tomas has… »

22.03.2013

How to win an argument about nuclear weapons

How to win an argument about nuclear weapons

Book review: Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons Maybe this has happened to you… You’re an activist and an idealist and you’ve invested a lot of time into promoting the ideas of nuclear disarmament because you want to live without the insecurity that makes you worry about the future.  One day… »

21.03.2013

Turkey: Ankara to end anti-PKK offensive if fighters lay down arms: PM

Turkey: Ankara to end anti-PKK offensive if fighters lay down arms: PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country’s military will end operations against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces if the group stops fighting. “If there are no more armed actions our troops will not undertake armed actions,” Erdogan told reporters the Netherlands. The comment came hours after jailed PKK… »

21.03.2013

Turkey: PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, announces ceasefire with Ankara

Turkey: PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, announces ceasefire with Ankara

The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan has announced much-expected ceasefire to end the 28-year conflict between the PKK and Ankara. “We are at a stage where guns should be silenced,” Ocalan said in a letter written from his prison cell that was read out by… »

19.03.2013

Peace campaigners letter to Hague & Cameron: do not send arms to Syria

Peace campaigners letter to Hague & Cameron: do not send arms to Syria

Stop the War Coalition opposes lifting of arms embargo on Syria – Letter to PM and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Corbyn MP will be joined by peace campaigners and activists in handing a letter in to the Foreign Office at 10.15am on Wednesday morning. The letter calls on… »

17.03.2013

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… »

17.03.2013

Costa Rican elected as Chair of new nuclear disarmament process in Geneva

Representatives from over 100 governments met in the Palais des Nations (United Nations) in Geneva today for the first session of an open-ended working group (OEWG) established to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations for the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons. The OEWG was initiated by… »

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