Beatrice Fihn1, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the campaign awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work for the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), will visit Scotland on Wednesday, meeting Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, on behalf of the Scottish government, before joining a vigil at Faslane naval base in the afternoon, where she will be welcomed by a 14 year-old girl piper. 2
Since the Nobel award Beatrice has travelled extensively to meet political and civil leaders worldwide and her visit is in recognition of Scotland’s distinctive stance within the UK on nuclear weapons3 and the encouragement that stance gives to the international disarmament movement.
The piper who will welcome Beatrice to the Faslane vigil is Emma Montgomery, (14), of Bellshill, from a family noted for its witness against nuclear weapons. Emma’s grandmother Fiona and great-grandmother Jean were both arrested at protests against Polaris and Trident, and Fiona, who worked for Scottish CND in the 80s, is a committed and active campaigner.
“I am really, really pleased to be able to play my bagpipes at Faslane to help Scottish CND and ICAN. My gran and my great grandma were both arrested protesting against nuclear weapons and I am proud of what they did. I want to support a really big CND demonstration at Faslane in September. I don’t want Scotland to have nuclear weapons.”
Emma’s great grandmother Jean Hammerton (83), from Callander , said:
“I felt these weapons were immoral in the 1960s and that it was vital to protest. While it is incredibly sad that all these years on there are still nuclear weapons in Scotland, I am really inspired by the work of ICAN and the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons. I am thrilled that my great granddaughter Emma will be playing the pipes at Faslane when Beatrice Fihn visits. Young people deserve a world free of nuclear weapons.”
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Press Call at the Scottish Parliament at 11.15 a.m. Wednesday 14th March
Photo call at Faslane’s North Gate 4 p.m. Wednesday 14th March
ICAN Partners in Scotland are Scottish CND, Medact Scotland, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, UN House Scotland, Trident Ploughshares.
1. Beatrice Fihn is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. Since the Nobel awards ceremony in Oslo, where Beatrice, along with Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, made the acceptance speech on behalf of ICAN, Beatrice has visited heads of state as well as having an audience with Pope Francis and contributing to high level diplomatic negotiations around the world.
2There will be a press call at the Scottish Parliament at 11.15 on 14th March. Bea will join the regular vigil at Faslane’s North Gate at 4 p.m .
3A majority of Scotland’s parliamentarians have signed the ICAN pledge in support of the TPNW.