- Published on Friday, 28 October 2016 09:18
Yesterday, to the delight of International Campaigners for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the First Committee of United Nations voted to put into place a conference in 2017 that will negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, which like the Land Mine and Cluster Munition Ban Treaties will start the process of prohibiting and eliminating these most devastating of weapons of mass destruction.
The historic vote has been achieved in the face of fierce opposition from nuclear-armed states like the UK, and their dependents like the NATO states. The nuclear-armed states have boycotted the discussions and pressurised the smaller states to vote in the negative. The UK’s UN ambassador Matthew Rowland insisted that the UK has a democratic mandate to renew the Trident nuclear weapon system.
- Published on Thursday, 27 October 2016 12:54
Open Letter to Boris Johnson, UK FCO regarding the UN First Committee discussions on a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
On Friday 19 August 2016, the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on nuclear disarmament in Geneva adopted a final report with a recommendation for the General Assembly in October “to convene a conference in 2017 to negotiate a new legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons”. In September, the Austrian Foreign Minister announced that Austria would table a resolution at the UN First Committee in October to convene negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017
- Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 16:29
It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that John Ainslie, co-ordinator of Scottish CND for over 25 years, passed away earlier today, Friday 21st October.
John made a remarkable contribution to Scottish CND and the wider peace movement during his lifetime.
He produced outstanding reports which made the case against nuclear weapons in a way which carried authority and respect across the political spectrum.
John ran the Scottish CND office for many years and he was a tireless organiser of events and activities all aimed at making the case for a nuclear weapons free world.
Scottish CND and the wider peace movement have today lost a massively influential figure and friend who will be sadly missed.
We are immensely grateful to John for his intellectual vigour, organisational and strategic skills, and sheer commitment he gave to our organisation over so many years.
Any condolences and messages of sympathy sent to the office will be collected and sent to John's family.
Funeral details will be publicised when arranged.
Chair of Scottish CND
- Published on Friday, 21 October 2016 13:21
The following resolutions have been submitted for discussion at the Scottish CND AGM (Sat, 12 Nov, Friends Meeting House, Glasgow, 10 am).
Any amendments to these motions should be emailed to the Scottish CND office by Saturday Nov 5th at 12 noon.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:28
We have been contacted by some of our members and supporters expressing concern about one of the puppets we use at campaigning events appearing to shake hands at the SNP conference with someone from a group called SNP Friends For Peace in the Middle East.
- Published on Monday, 17 October 2016 07:52
Scottish CND welcomes Holyrood motion supporting an international nuclear weapons ban
Lodged By: Alison Johnstone
Date Lodged: 13/10/2016
Title: Time for a Nuclear Weapon-free World
That the Parliament welcomes the recommendation from the UN Security Council’s Open-Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament (OEWG) calling for a UN conference in 2017 to negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons and lead to their complete elimination; deeply regrets the UK’s absence from the OEWG’s talks; considers that the Scottish Parliament and citizens of Scotland have stood against the possession of nuclear weapons, including opposing the recent Trident renewal; regrets that Scotland is unable to participate in the OEWG’s negotiations; supports action by states such as Ireland, Austria, South Africa, Nigeria and New Zealand to submit an additional supporting resolution to the First Committee of the UN, and recognises that the Scottish Government's efforts to dissuade the UK Government from supporting Trident are in line with the majority of states participating in the OEWG.
- Published on Friday, 16 September 2016 12:56
The nuclear weapons convoy travelling from the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield to Coulport on Wednesday 15 Sept 2016 was stopped not once, but twice as it made its way across Scotland.
Brain Quail and Alastair Ibbotson stopped the 20 vehicle convoy as it made its way past the busy roundabout next to the fire station and a large housing estate on the outskirts of Stirling. As it passed slowly through the Raploch roundabout just under Stirling Castle they calmly flagged it down and lay in the road in front of it. While the police carried Alastair, a local student, off the road Brian wriggled under one of the vehicles. The convoy was halted for 20 minutes while they were removed and arrested leaving dozens of Stirling commuters wondering what the holdup was. They were taken to Falkirk police station but later released.
Brian has a long history of peaceful protest against nuclear weapons. He was also responsible for single-handedly holding up the convoy for 20 minutes in Balloch in March.