Declarations for a Nuclear-free World
George Farebrother, World Court Project
For many months individuals and groups have been collecting
signed Declarations for a Nuclear-free World. These
Declarations have been initiated by the World Court Project
as one of their efforts to implement the 1996 International
Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the legality of the threat
or use of nuclear weapons.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the most widely
supported non-proliferation and disarmament treaty ever with
188 signatory States, is under threat as the nuclear weapon
States (NWS) have not implemented their solemn disarmament
promises made in the treaty and reaffirmed at the last NPT
Review Conference in 2000.
In the lead-up to the make-or-break NPT Review Conference
in May this year, everyone who wants to see the NWS honour
their legal obligations and abolish these terrible weapons
forever can sign a Declaration. These will be presented at
UN headquarters in New York during the Conference.
The Declarations are not petitions. They are personal commitments,
individually signed, intended to reflect the ‘dictates of
public conscience’ recognized under international law as an
important component of customary legal restrictions on weapons
To make a declaration see www.abolition2000europe.org.