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SPRING RETURN TO VIENNA FOR SCOTS!

Campaigners will remember that when we celebrated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entering into force in January 2021, 90 days after the fiftieth country had signed and ratified, we looked forward to the first meeting to … Continue reading

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As campaigners call out the UK for its contempt for international law the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons goes from strength to strength.

Following the Westminster government’s announcement that it is increasing the cap on the number of nuclear warheads, CND is reporting the UK to the United Nations for breaking international law.. as confirmed by a specially commissioned legal opinion. We Scots … Continue reading

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Warm Welcome for ICAN NATO Report from Scottish CND

The Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has published its report: “Why NATO members should join the UN nuclear weapon ban”. “Scottish CND warmly welcomes this new, thorough and comprehensive report which makes … Continue reading

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Faslane Nuke Base Blockaded

woman locked to planter with the legend SAFE

This morning, 30th April, three women members of Extinction Rebellion Scotland have blockaded the main entrance to Faslane naval base, home to the UK’s nuclear weapon submarines, with three garden planters carrying the legend SAFE GREEN FUTURE. XR Scotland said: … Continue reading

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THE HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVE AND THE TPNW

Alexander Kmentt is one of the architects of the initiative on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In this article he gives the rationale for the Humanitarian Initiative and counters criticism … Continue reading

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ICAN in the UK Letter to PM as Nuclear Ban Treaty enters into Force

To: Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, UK Prime Minister 10 Downing St London SW1A 2AA Cc: Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Affairs Cc: Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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Marking the Progress of The Nuclear Ban Treaty

As far as the Nuke Ban Treaty is concerned the 22nd January is a day for a double celebration. On that day the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) enters into force as international law, binding those states … Continue reading

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We must maintain the momentum of the Nuclear Ban Treaty

This is a summary of Ambassador Kmentt’s address to Scottish CND’s AGM on 21st November 2020. A recording of the talk is available here. Speaking in a personal capacity Alexander addressed the significance of the TPNW and the arguments against … Continue reading

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Shifting the Norm for Nukes

The Nuke Ban Treaty and the Global Social Norm We are well used to dramatic norm shifts in our recent social history. Recall the low internal visibility, stink and grime of pubs before the smoking ban, or the hahaha from … Continue reading

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NEXT STEPS FOR TPNW –

On 22 January, the states that have ratified the TPNW will be bound by its prohibitions and also its obligations – including universalisation – which means urging all the world’s governments to join. Already, the norm is starting to shift … Continue reading

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