Peace and Disarmament

12.11.2013

50 Organizations Seek Ban on Armed Drones

50 Organizations Seek Ban on Armed Drones

Fifty organizations and over 75,000 individuals are asking . . . the United Nations Secretary General to investigate the concerns of Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s top human rights official, that drone attacks violate international law — and to ultimately pursue sanctions against… »

08.11.2013

Is Kenya on the brink of religious war?

Is Kenya on the brink of religious war?

I had joined my fellow members of ‘Sitarusha Mawe Tena Peace Campaign’ and several partners in marking the ‘International Day of Peace’ on the 21st September, 2013 when news of the attack at the Westgate Mall came in. We had decided to mark the day by holding a cleanup exercise… »

03.11.2013

Where is the wrong? Arms trade on trial

Where is the wrong? Arms trade on trial

Occupy London Press Release Protesters arrested for taking action against an international arms fair in London have vowed to defend their right to challenge the arms trade. A solidarity demonstration will take place in their support when they appear in court on Monday 4 November. (Photo opportunity: 9.15am. Mon 4… »

03.11.2013

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Syrian way

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Syrian way

Not being a Bible reader I can only take my information from Wikipedia-style hearsay. So, apparently, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were originally in the Book of Revelation named as Conquest, War, Famine and Death. But somewhere along the way, described as ‘in popular culture’ Conquest became Pestilence.  We only… »

28.10.2013

Protests in UK about invitation to Alvaro Uribe to talk about the Colombian peace process

Protests in UK about invitation to Alvaro Uribe to talk about the Colombian peace process

Canning House and the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) have invited former president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, to speak on 31 October about “What Price is Peace in Colombia?” A number of Human Rights and Latin American organisations are staging protests and circulating a petition to prevent this event… »

24.10.2013

UN granted award to Argentina’s program for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) has granted its “2013 Future Policy Award” to Argentina, for its National Voluntary Surrender of Firearms Program.  From New York, Justice Minister Julio Alak said that the prize acknowledged “an Argentina’s sustained policy that proves that a change is possible when there… »

22.10.2013

Kenya: workshop on Palestine

Kenya: workshop on Palestine

Mazin Qumsiyeh* has just returned from a trip to Kenya where he facilitated four days of workshops for a group of young people (aged 18-26) who came from several countries (Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Zambia, Sri Lanka). “I like to work with young people and this also provided… »

21.10.2013

New Zealand statement at the UN on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

New Zealand statement at the UN on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

Today, 21st October, 2013, at 17:20 in New York, Disarmament Ambassador Dell Higgie from New Zealand delivered the following statement on behalf of 124 states in the UN General Assembly’s First Committee. “I am taking the floor on behalf of the following Member States, Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda,… »

21.10.2013

124 states condemn unacceptable effects of nuclear weapons

124 states condemn unacceptable effects of nuclear weapons

“very survival of humanity depends on nuclear weapons never being used” NEW YORK – A joint statement on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons was delivered by New Zealand today at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Expressing deep concern for the catastrophic consequences that any use of… »

21.10.2013

Who should be on trial? Protesters against the London Arms Fair due in Court

Who should be on trial? Protesters against the London Arms Fair due in Court

Protesters who attempted to disrupt the DSEI arms fair in London in September are due to appear in court on 4th November 2013. Mel Strickland, one of the activists, has been interviewed on Occupy Radio. The War Machine – Occupy Radio LDN Mel writes: “A group… »

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