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UK admits to not considering impact of nuclear detonation on third country

Mr Tobias Ellwood, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Mr Tobias Ellwood, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Mr Tobias Ellwood, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), admitted in the House of Commons on December 18 that the UK government has not undertaken any research to determine what the UK’s obligations in international law would be in the event of economic or environmental damage being caused to other countries by radioactive fallout or blast arising from a British nuclear weapon being (a) accidentally detonated or (b) deliberately targeted and the effects spread to a third country. Read more »

Time to Ban the Bomb

by Alice Slater

The ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna included Karipek Kuyukov, a second generation victim of Soviet nuclear tests. Karipbek is the ambassador for the ATOM Project

The ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna included Karipek Kuyukov, a second generation victim of Soviet nuclear tests. Karipbek is the ambassador for the ATOM Project

Global Momentum is building for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons! While the world has banned chemical and biological weapons, there is no explicit legal prohibition of nuclear weapons, although the International Court of Justice ruled unanimously that there is an obligation to bring to a conclusion negotiations for their total elimination.   The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), negotiated in 1970 required the five existing nuclear weapons states, the US, Russia, UK, France and China (P-5) to make “good faith efforts” to eliminate their nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world promised not to acquire them (except for India, Pakistan, Israel, who never signed the NPT).  North Korea relied on the NPT Faustian bargain for “peaceful” nuclear power to build its own bomb, and then walked out of the treaty.  Read more »

Victory in Vienna!

1470323_1017918964891689_1073541099009892595_n-620x3509 December- The Austrian government has pledged to work with all interested stakeholders to “ to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons“. The government conference, following on ICAN’s incredible civil society forum, resulted in both a Chair’s summary document and the Austrian Pledge. Read more »