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PEACE IS THE PRIZE – A party near you this weekend

Across Scotland this coming weekend people will be celebrating the award on Sunday in Oslo of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN for their work towards the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)1 which was adopted by the UN in July this year. Here is a list of the events we know about. If you are are organising one that is not on this list please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We aim to post photos from all the events on the Scrap Trident Facebook Page. These events are open to all.

 List of events

Majority of Scottish Parliamentarians formally back new UN nuke ban treaty

With the mass signing today by all SNP MSPs a clear and cross-party majority of Scottish parliamentarians are now committed to work for the new UN nuclear ban treaty – the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons 1(TPNW).

At Holyrood all SNP and Green MSPs, plus three Labour MSPs (including leader Richard Leonard), and all of the 35 SNP MPs at Westminster, plus Labour's Ian Murray, have signed the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge2, which commits signatories “ to work for the signature and ratification of this landmark treaty by our respective countries . “ First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also signed the Pledge. Today's signing comes just two weeks before ICAN, the civil society organisation that has worked for the Treaty, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo3.

CO Memorial Competition Now Open Deadline for Applications 15 December

CO Memorial Competition Now Open

Deadline for Applications 15 December

The Peace & Justice Centre and the Conscientious Objectors Memorial Committee are pleased to announce the Design Competition for a permanent Memorial to Conscientious Objectors to be created in Edinburgh's Princes St Gardens.

Artists are invited to submit applications by 12 noon 15 December 2017. A shortlist of three or four artists will be engaged to create designs for the Memorial.

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Background 

Following approval of our petition for a memorial to conscientious objectors the City of Edinburgh has committed to work with us to find a suitable location for the memorial.

Our proposal for a site in Edinburgh's Princes St Gardens will be considered for approval when we submit a design. We aim to install the Memorial by April 2019, the centenary of the end of the First World War for COs who were released from prison in April 1919.

2017 Scottish CND AGM & Conference

Please join us for our AGM and Annual conference at 

St Columba's by the Castle, 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW 

on Saturday November 11 

( please note, this is not the venue originally advertised) 

Scottish Green Party, Green CND and SGP conference 2017

Green MSPs have been supportive of the  UN Treaty to Prohibit  Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) ,  every one of them signed has signed the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge and supported the action at the Parliament the day the TPNW opened for signature.

Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at 2017 SNP Conference

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP conference speech:

DELIGHT AS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE GOES TO ICAN

Scottish Scrap Trident Coalition - Press Release: 6th October 2017
 
DELIGHT AS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE GOES TO ICAN
 
Campaigners against nuclear weapons are delighted by the news that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the advocacy group that has worked for the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), is the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Peace.

Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND, said:

This is a well deserved award to a campaign which does outstanding work in the struggle to rid our world of the evil of nuclear weapons and played a major role in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted this year with the support of 122 countries. Scottish CND are proud to be a partner of this international campaign and will continue working with them to achieve a nuclear free world.”

Write to your represenatives to sign the pledge

As you will be aware, there is a new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) signed by more than 50 member states which will soon be coming into force. Parliamentarians across the world played a major role in realising the TPNW through their actions in the campaign. Now we are seeking their help to promote the signature and ratification of the treaty by all nations. The Parliamentary Pledge is a commitment by parliamentarians around the world to work for their government to join the treaty.

Given the position of the Scottish Parliament in opposing nuclear weapons, this is a very important way in which they can put pressure on the UK Government.

You can see if your parliamentarians have signed here.

If they have not, please ask your MSPs and MPs to sign it.

Send them a letter (model below) and follow up with a phone call to their office. If you are unsure who your representatives are, this website might be of help https://www.writetothem.com.

Response to US leads missile interception tests in Scotland

Scottish CND have responded to a report in the Independent newspaper article which gives details of a huge new military exercise involving thousands of troops, ships and fighter jets.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said:

We understand that the purpose of this exercise is to practise shooting down nuclear missiles.

We also understand that US forces are leading the exercise alongside troops from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

Mr West added:

It is also very unsettling that the exercises are taking place until October 18 in what is known as the MOD's Hebrides Range, which is just off the north-west coast of Scotland.

It is the view of Scottish CND that the UK Government would be more effective in safeguarding the population if it supported the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Mr West said that the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons which was recently adopted by 122 nations at the United Nations offers a way forward to rid our world and country of nuclear weapons.

Instead of indulging in war games off-Scottish coast the countries involved would better serve their populations by supporting a ground breaking treaty which offers real peace and security to our world.

Scottish CND highlight the nuclear weapons elephant in the room

Scottish CND say that the storing of US nuclear weapons in Europe is an elephant in the room which needs to be dealt with.

Arthur West chair of Scottish CND said -

It is our understanding that the US spends a remarkable 100 million dollars annually to store nuclear weapons in five different European countries.

Mr West said:

"Research by Scottish CND and other peace movement groups indicates that 150 US nuclear bombs are stored in underground bunkers in Germany, Holland, Turkey, Italy and Belgium."