IPPNW Bike Tour Kazakhstan 2014
From the eyes of a German participant
My experience in Kazakhstan certainly was so full of new and unexpected surprises that I can hardly choose one of them as the most educational or revealing about a specific topic. Nevertheless, during the conversations with the local community about the nuclear testing in Semipalatinsk some things struck me as peculiar and stuck in my head for some time afterwards.
Vienna conference must lead from knowledge to action
The third international conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons will take place in Vienna from December 8-9, 2014. Hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conference is expected to build upon the scientific evidence presented at previous gatherings of States in Oslo and Nayarit, and to open up space for discussion about how to accelerate the pace of nuclear disarmament.
ICAN has announced plans for a Civil Society Forum, designed to link the government conference with the campaign for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons and to pave the way for their elimination, on December 6-7. According to IPPNW program director John Loretz, the Vienna conference “must be a turning point from knowledge to action. We want a large number of States to declare themselves ready to work for a ban treaty, and to take the political leadership on nuclear disarmament that the nuclear-armed States have refused to take.”
The ICAN Civil Society Forum website, with links to the government conference and a full description of both programs, is at goodbyenuk.es
IPPNW files amicus brief in support of Marshall Islands
Peace & Health Blog
IPPNW, its US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Pax Christi International have submitted an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the lawsuit brought against the US by the Marshall Islands in Federal District Court. The brief advises the court that the Marshall Islands, whose people suffered through more than a decade of nuclear testing by the US, has the right to seek a ruling that the US is legally required to comply with its nuclear disarmament obligations established either the NPT.
The Marshall Islands has filed similar suits against all nine nuclear-armed States in the International Court of Justice. The US has filed a motion asking that the suit be dismissed on the grounds that the Marshall Islands has no standing in US federal court. IPPNW, PSR, and Pax Christi state in their brief that “the risk of nuclear war, either intentional or accidental, poses a substantial risk of injury sufficient to give [the] plaintiff standing.”
IPPNW responds to Gaza crisis
IPPNW calls for an immediate cease fire between Israel and Hamas. We call on Israel to stop its air strikes and ground invasion of Gaza, and we call on Hamas to stop all rocket attacks on Israel We also call on both sides to allow full access to medical care for all those wounded in the fighting.
IPPNW statement on crisis in Ukraine
IPPNW calls call for an immediate cease fire to the fighting in Ukraine and for all states to refrain from any military intervention in Ukraine. We further call on Ukraine to reaffirm its historic decision to renounce nuclear weapons and for Russia to reaffirm the guarantee of Ukraine's territorial integrity that accompanied that decision. We further call for urgent UN mediation to achieve a diplomatic solution to the issues involved in this conflict.
IPPNW European Student Conference 2014
As part of the European Student Conference in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, IPPNW students organized a Target event on one of the city's busiest spots – Narinka Square. As part of a giant flashmob, hundreds of people watched the ICAN video on a large screen and simultaneously collapsed on the square at the detonation of the nuclear bomb in the film. Strangely enough, there was a weapons show by NATO troops on the same square and the soldiers were the prime discussion partners for the medical students and young doctors who swarmed through the city after the flashmob, informing people about the ongoing dangers of nuclear weapons – especially during these days of conflict between NATO and Russia over control the Ukraine.
Check out the photos here
Check out the flashmob here