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Fate of Earth Must Not be Decided by US & Fellow Nuclear States PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 24 April 2017 15:38

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Dr Joan Russow is Co-ordinator, Global Compliance Research Project

Credit: UN photo

Credit: UN photo

VICTORIA, BC, Canada, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) - When the United Nations continues its negotiations in June for an international treaty against nuclear weapons, there must be a treaty that should cover every single aspect of the devastating weapons — and leading eventually to their total elimination from the world’s military arsenals.

As envisaged, the treaty should not only prohibit stockpiling; use and threat of use, and planning for use of nuclear weapons but also the deployment; transfer, acquisition, and stationing; development and production of these weapons—along with testing; transit and transshipment; and financing, assistance, encouragement, and inducement and an obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it.(WILPH, Reaching Critical Will).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:34
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DRAFT; FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND DISARMAMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 14 April 2017 07:54

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

(OUTLINE FROM A LARGER DOCUMENT)

(RELEASED NOW BECAUSE OF TRUMP'S INCREASED MILITARISM AND DEFIANCE OF THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW)

 

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PEACE PROMOTION

*COMMON SECURITY

1. We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military. (Dr. Ursula Franklin, internationally renowned scientist and pacifist (1984 at the lead up conference to Nairobi Conference on Women, 1985)

 2. “True security exists when all are secure, through “common security” (Olof Palme, 1982) whose objectives could be extended to include but not limited to the following:

(a) to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through    reallocation of military expenses and delegitimization of war;

(b) to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including  labour rights, civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, to housing, to safe drinking water and sanitation , right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system; right to water and sanitation

(c) to ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, to reduce the ecological footprint and to move away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption

(d) To enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, energy and transportation,

(e)  to fully implement the UN Declaration the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:29
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In bombing Syria, Trump perpetuates the US disregard for the rule of international law PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 07 April 2017 05:21

by Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project April 6, 2017

 

 

Trump orders military strike against Syria

 

 

Yet again US disrespects the rule international law. Under the Charter of the United Nations is an important Chapter; Chapter VI- the peaceful resolution of disputes. Unfortunately, the US usually bypasses Chapter VI and goes to Chapter VII which does, if supported by the UNSC, legitimize an invasion, and when the US does not receive the support of the UNSC, the US acts, independently.   In this case, Trump did not even attempt to receive support of the UNSC, and did not wait for an investigation into the claim, about the source of the chemical weapons, made by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  Sergei Lavrov opposed the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, all of which were condemned by Trump during the election.

Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are provisions for bringing to justice any state or group that has used chemical weapons; none is military intervention; but going to the International Court of Justice is one of the provisions. 

 

SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES 1. 2. When a dispute arises between two or more States Parties, or between one or more States Parties and the Organization, relating to the interpretation or application of this Convention, the parties concerned shall consult together with a view to the expeditious settlement of the dispute by negotiation or by other peaceful means of the parties' choice, including recourse to appropriate organs of this Convention and, by mutual consent, referral to the International Court of Justice in conformity with the Statute of the Court. 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 18:27
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A Transformational Moment in Nuclear & International Affairs? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 03 April 2017 18:09

 

http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/04/a-transformational-moment-in-nuclear-international-affairs
/John Burroughs is Executive Director of the New York-based Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy & Director of UN Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

 

Credit: UN Photo

Credit: UN Photo

NEW YORK, Apr 3 2017 (IPS) - Is a paradigm shift now underway on nuclear weapons at the United Nations? That was the question posed as about 130 nations gathered this past week to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. The treaty would prohibit development, possession and use of nuclear weapons, but would not contain detailed provisions relating to verified dismantlement of nuclear arsenals and governance of a world free of nuclear arms.

This is the first multilateral negotiation on nuclear weapons since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was adopted in 1996. It is also the first ever such negotiation relating to the global elimination of nuclear arms, despite the fact that the first UN General Assembly resolution, in 1946, called for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.

The hope of the nations leading the negotiations, including Costa Rica, whose ambassador, Elayne Whyte, is president of the negotiating conference, is that the second session, to be held from June 15 to July 7, will succeed in adopting a treaty. The idea is to strike while the iron is hot.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 18:13
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UN negotiations to prohibit nuclearweapons starts next week PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 20 March 2017 15:40
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The first negotiating session of the  UN Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons will take place at the United Nations in New York on March 27.

In December 2016, the UN General Assembly decided - by a vote of 113 in favour, 35 against and 13 abstaining - to commence negotiations on a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, regardless of whether or not the nuclear-armed and allied states join such a treaty.
 
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UN Security Council Seats Taken by Arms Exporters PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:54

By Lyndal Rowlandsol

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 28 2016 (IPS) - Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters will sit on the UN Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018.

 

The nine include four rotating members — Spain, Ukraine, Italy and the Netherlands — from Europe, as well as the council’s five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to 2015 data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), these nine countries make up the world’s top ten exporters of arms. Germany ranked at number 5, is the only top 10 exporter which is not a recent, current or prospective member of the 15-member council.

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27 October 2016: the day when the big reversal in history became possible PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 October 2016 15:02

ACDN = Action of Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament

Published 29 October 2016

What a fantastic day. It will count as a red letter day in contemporary history " indeed in world history.

Ever since 6 August 1945, the first time an atom bomb was exploded "on a populous city" and by itself, in an instant, caused tens of thousands of deaths, humankind has been living haunted by a possible apocalypse, with the feeling that we might never end to this age of nuclear terror.

But this 27 October 2016 saw three events occur successively in Paris, Brussels and New York, all directed towards an exit from the nuclear age, with the last one opening a door to a change in era.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2016 18:34
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Canada says NO to historic UN Vote on Nuclear Disarmament PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:27

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

By Peggy Mason, Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN, now President of the Rideau Institute released the following statement after Canada’s UN vote today against Resolution L.41.

 

October 27, 2016.

 

“The First Committee on Disarmament and International Security of the UN General Assembly today passed an historic resolution, mandating the launch in 2017 of negotiations for a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.  Such a ban would reinforce customary international law against the threat or use of nuclear weapons and pave the way for further negotiations on their verifiable destruction and ultimate elimination.  

 

Tensions between Russia and the USA are dangerously high.  Massive nuclear weapons modernization programmes are underway.  The negotiation to be launched by this resolution is the best hope the international community has to move away from the nuclear brink.

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DISBANDING NATO AND PROMOTING COMMON SECURITY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:42

DISBANDING NATO AND PROMOTING COMMON SECURITY

Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project

Montreal . Resolution presented  at the World Social Forum

August 11. 2016

 

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“The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).

 

TRUE SECURITY IS NOT MILITARIZED SECURITY, BUT COMMON SECURITY

“We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military”. (Dr Ursula Franklin, 1984)  

AWAREthat NATO states have been complicit or responsible for using the following pretexts for aggressive interventions in other sovereign states

“human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, 1999), “self-defence” (Afghanistan 2001), "Pre-emptive/ preventive" attack (Iraq, 2003) "Responsibility to Protect (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013). Each time the pretext was discredited, a new pretext emerged.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:03
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All nuclear Arms states including NATO countries must support the September 26. 2016 International day for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:08

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 


Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Map

 

In a Statement by NATO is the following : “it commits to the goal of creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons – but reconfirms that, as long as there are nuclear weapons in the world, NATO will remain a nuclear Alliance.”

 

NATO countries  have a chance to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons by  reversing their previous positons taken on May 15 August, 2016  and August 25  2016   

http://www.icanw.org/why-a-ban/positions

 

http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/support-for-a-conference-in-2017-to-negotiate-a-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons/

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 06:58
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