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Red Cross calls for nuclear weapons ban

The Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement agreed a four-year action plan to work towards the elimination of nuclear weapons at their meeting in Sydney, Australia, on 17 November.

Supporters of the Red Cross in Scotland might want to raise this within the British Red Cross and ask them to implement what was agreed in Syndey.

To fullfil the resolution the British Red Cross should inform the public, especially young people, of the effects of nuclear weapons, the lack of any adequate response to their use, and the incompatibility between nuclear weapons and international humanitarian law. However, reports from the conference in Sydney suggest that the delegates representing the British Red Cross were not enthusiastic about this approach. They proposed amendments to water down the resolution.  But their moves were opposed by the majority of delegates from other countries and the resolution was adopted unanimously.

The resolution takes forward an earlier agreement made at a meeting of the Council of Delegates of the Red Cross in 2011. The new action plan calls on national societies of the Red Cross to to inform the public about the Red Cross's concern about nuclear weapons through literature, websites and hosting events. National Red Cross societies should also encourage their governments to participate effectively in multilateral meetings discussing the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons.

Draft Resolution to Red Cross Council of Delegates
Background Paper to Red Cross Council of Defegates

If you would like more information on this please contact John Ainslie, Scottish CND Coordinator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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