Key international campaigners from at least six countries will be coming to Faslane to speak at the Nae Nukes Anywhere March and Rally on 22nd September in an expression of global solidarity for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
Confirmed to date are: Sharon Dolev (Israel), Founding director of the Israeli Disarmament Movement, Ekatrina Earsalovna (Russia), Professor of International Relation, Ural Federal University, Anthony Donovan, writer, organiser and documentary maker on peace and disarmament from New York, Emad Kiyaei (Iran), a consultant who provides political, business and civil society leaders with strategic advice in the intersection of political risk, diplomacy and technology, Maaike Beenes (The Netherlands), a young campaigner with PAX in the Netherlands, Members of the People’s Democratic Party (South Korea) who visited Scotland as part of their Peace Expedition, Allison Pytlak (Reaching Critical Will), who was awarded, along with Ray Acheson, the UN Women’s Champion for Change status this year for their advocacy in the campaign for the TPNW and Timmon Wallis (United States) – National Co-ordinator of NuclearBan.US. Visitors are also expected from Kazakhstan and France.
Ekatrina Earsalovna from Russia said:
“Since I already belong to the generation of those who do not know what war is, and future generations are already getting mythological pictures about the war, I want future experts, diplomats and politicians to be on the side of peace, understand its fragility and value.
I do not like the modern rhetorical discourse by Russian diplomats around nuclear weapons. Some Russian experts call nuclear weapons a gift given to us by God. It is not right. I see my role in destroying these myths, in working out a critical view of nuclear weapons by teaching and popularization of peace studies. That’s why it is very important for me to understand how civil society and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom works in Scotland.”
The TPNW was adopted by overwhelming vote at the UN on 7th July 2017 and has already achieved 59 state signatures and 14 ratifications (most recently New Zealand) and will enter into force when signed and ratified by 50 UN member states. It is seen as a game-changer for global nuclear disarmament and follows the pattern of other significant treaties outlawing particular weaponry, such as chemical weapons, landmines and cluster munitions, which have given them pariah status.
Janet Fenton, Vice-Chair of Scottish CND and Scottish Liaison for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) said:
“Our hearts are warmed by the readiness of folk from across the globe to come our site of national shame, to encourage us to continue the struggle against nuclear madness, and to let us know that we in our turn offer hope to the worldwide movement with our rejection of nuclear weapons and our potential to move the UK towards disarmament.”
Contact: Janet Fenton 07795594573 Scottish CND 0141 357 1529