Peace and Disarmament

14.11.2014

UN opens the door further to a nuclear-weapon-free world

UN opens the door further to a nuclear-weapon-free world

UN General Assembly takes forward proposals from the UN Open Ended Working Group and reaffirms its decision to hold a High Level Conference on Nuclear Abolition During the month of October the United Nations General Assembly considered a number of reports and resolutions on nuclear disarmament. Amongst these was the… »

12.11.2014

Starting Over: A Nun, a Wedding Singer and a Pair of Self-described Nerds Seek Refuge in Northern Iraq

Starting Over: A Nun, a Wedding Singer and a Pair of Self-described Nerds Seek Refuge in Northern Iraq

 Human Wrongs Watch A Syrian singer’s songbook, a Turkmen calligrapher’s ink, a Palestinian Iraqi’s lucky lighter, a Yazidi teenager’s Taylor Swift album. These are a civil war’s survivors and the things they carried.’  By Lauren Bohn*, November 2014 — The profiles below introduce some of the newly… »

11.11.2014

Major powers must learn trust

Major powers must learn trust

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev visited the former Berlin Wall border crossing point Checkpoint Charlie, November 7, 2014. At one of functions marking this commemorative day he remarked that tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War. At 83 and still looking strong… »

09.11.2014

Anti-nuclear campaigners pleasantly surprised as US joins humanitarian forum

Anti-nuclear campaigners pleasantly surprised as US joins humanitarian forum

The US government signalled its intention to participate in the forthcoming Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in early December. The conference is the third in a series of such conferences that started in early 2013 in Oslo, Norway and which was followed up in Nyararit, Mexico… »

08.11.2014

Why arming rebels will fuel Syria’s inferno

Why arming rebels will fuel Syria’s inferno

The Syrian conflict is taking yet another dramatic turn as the militant jihadists of Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate, rout rebels from their strongholds in Idlib, threatening to eliminate entirely any presence by moderate rebels in northern Syria, as the Islamic State has already done in the… »

04.11.2014

Poppies – wishing that WWI violence is never repeated again

Poppies – wishing that WWI violence is never repeated again

Armistice Day, November 11. Bright red poppies have appeared in their thousands to adorn the spaces around the Tower of London. The symbolism evokes the image of poppies springing up from destruction and decay in Belgium’s Flanders Fields, sites of many of the ‘Great War’s’ bloodiest battlefields. The scene was… »

04.11.2014

Syria — New UN Plan to ‘Freeze’ Conflict, Stop ‘Carnage’

Syria — New UN Plan to ‘Freeze’ Conflict, Stop ‘Carnage’

  Human Wrongs Watch The war in Syria must be “frozen locally” on the ground so that the growing threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may be fully confronted, a United Nations envoy on 3 November 2014 said, suggesting that a peace introduced… »

30.10.2014

PNND Council member becomes new EU Foreign Minister

PNND Council member becomes new EU Foreign Minister

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) Dear Friends The past two months have been exciting for PNND. Members have taken action around the world to highlight the first International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. And we have elevated the nuclear disarmament issue at the… »

29.10.2014

Initiative on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Takes Centre Stage at UN General Assembly

Initiative on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Takes Centre Stage at UN General Assembly

  Human Wrongs Watch It took a full 5 minutes for New Zealand’s Ambassador for Disarmament, Dell Higgie, to read out the list of the 155 co-sponsors of the Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.*   The overwhelming support for the statement demonstrates concretely the… »

22.10.2014

‘Clock Is Ticking’ for War-Ravaged Gaza; Promises on Rebuilding Must ‘Quickly Materialize’

‘Clock Is Ticking’ for War-Ravaged Gaza; Promises on Rebuilding Must ‘Quickly Materialize’

  Human Wrongs Watch On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 October 2014 told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the… »

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