Scottish campaigners head for Paris disarmament forum

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Press Release: 13th February 2020 – for immediate use

A group of Scottish anti-nuclear campaigners are today travelling to Paris to take part in a major international disarmament forum called by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

14 Scots are expected to attend the forum at a critical time for global nuclear disarmament. The 5 – yearly review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty takes place in April/May and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is likely to gain 50 state ratifications and enter into legal force this year – all against the background of the increasing threat of nuclear confrontation.

Iona Soper, of Faslane Peace Camp said:

“I’m beyond pleased to be carrying a torch for Scottish CND and the Faslane Peace Camp at the ICAN Paris forum this week. It’s an important opportunity for a meeting of minds with our brothers and sisters from across the international anti-nuclear community, as well as a chance to hear and learn from some of the most prominent and inspiring figureheads of this vital and unifying campaign. The panel I’m most looking forward to is ‘Detoxting From Deterrence and Other Lies’ which aims to expose and counter the patrichical, military-industrial and colonialist frameworks that facilitate mankinds continued engagement with these terrible weapons.”

Also attending is Dr. Michael Orgel of Medact Scotland, an affiliate of both IPPNW (International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War) and ICAN. Michael said:

The Paris Forum will have special focus on education (especially of youth and students) about the existential crises of both climate change and nuclear weapons. It is now more important than ever to work together with international partners to get all countries to sign and ratify the U.N. Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. “

Underlining the links between the climate emergency and the threat of nuclear war, Grace Quin, a computer games student from Edinburgh and a member of the Scottish Youth Climate Strike, will take part in a panel at the forum. Grace said:

Activism and encouraging people not to just accept everything they are told to believe is something that I have been passionate about since I can remember, so I was enthusiastic when I was offered an invitation to speak on a panel about standing up and trying to bringing change for the better. I’m looking forward engaging in topics that I am passionate about and to listen to other speakers.’

Contact: Iona Soper 07500 043226 Janet Fenton 07795 594573

1 Campaigners in Scottish CND, Trident Ploughshares, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, MEDACT, Northern Friends Peace Board, UN House Scotland, Scottish WILPF, Mayors for Peace and Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland working with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

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