Humanitarian consequences

18.05.2016

Medical professionals: The more we know about nuclear weapons the worse it looks

Medical professionals: The more we know about nuclear weapons the worse it looks

Co-president Tilman Ruff addressed the Open-Ended Working Group on nuclear weapons on May 13 in Geneva, on behalf of IPPNW’s Australian affiliate, MAPW, and ICAN. His remarks follow: Given some views expressed here in recent days, I feel a medical responsibility to highlight for representatives in this room some… »

08.01.2016

UN Condemns Israeli Demolition of Homes of Palestinian Bedouins in West Bank

UN Condemns Israeli Demolition of Homes of Palestinian Bedouins in West Bank

Human Wrongs Watch Condemning the demolition by Israeli authorities of the homes of Palestinian Bedouins in the West Bank, a senior United Nations relief official on 7 January 2016 called on Israel to end such destruction and halt its plans to forcibly relocate Bedouin families. “The humanitarian consequences of… »

13.05.2015

Time to look beyond the NPT

Time to look beyond the NPT

By John Loretz, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. When this NPT Review Conference began, I wrote that the outcome would depend on how seriously the humanitarian impacts initiative and the Austrian Pledge were taken up by the member states as a basis for new and… »

07.05.2015

Will the NPT sink or swim?

Will the NPT sink or swim?

“We were waist deep in the Big Muddy. The big fool said to push on.” — Pete Seeger The NPT member states have to choose between two irreconcilable narratives, and the success of the 2015 Review Conference depends upon their making the right choice. by John Loretz of International Physicians… »

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… »

17.02.2014

Momentum builds for a ban on Nuclear Weapons

Momentum builds for a ban on Nuclear Weapons

Ray Acheson, Beatrice Fihn, and Katherine Harrison* “Nayarit is a point of no return,” concluded the Chair of the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, held from 13–14 February in Nayarit, Mexico. In his summary of the meeting, he called for the development of new… »

10.12.2013

Nobel laureate warns two billion at risk from nuclear famine

Nobel laureate warns two billion at risk from nuclear famine

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the 1985 Nobel Peace Laureate, and its US affiliate Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today released a new report concluding that more than two billion people—a quarter of the world’s population—would be at risk of starvation in the event of a… »

17.11.2013

The Red Cross and Red Crescent adopts a 4-year action plan towards the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

The Red Cross and Red Crescent adopts a 4-year action plan towards the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

The global Red Cross and Red Crescent movement today reiterated its deep concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and adopted a four-year action plan towards ensuring that nuclear weapons are never used again. The world’s largest humanitarian organisation reiterated its objective to prohibit the… »

24.04.2013

NPT conference: Joint Statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

NPT conference: Joint Statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

At the NPT prepcom in Geneva today, South Africa presented a statement on behalf of 74 states highlighting the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.  Pressenza publishes the statement in full here. Delivered by Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations at Geneva, 24… »

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