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Publications:  IALANA News February 2007

Return to the International Court of Justice on nuclear disarmament obligations

In 1996 the ICJ concluded that:

There exists an obligation to pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control.

The NWS claim that they are complying with this obligation primarily through reductions in numbers of nuclear weapons. However, the majority of other governments - along with academics, nuclear disarmament experts and civil society organizations - claim that the NWS are violating this obligation by continuing (and even expanding) their policies for the threat and use of nuclear weapons, modernizing and renewing their nuclear stockpiles, and refusing to enter into multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.

Following a conference in the European Parliament in July commemorating the 10th anniversary of the historic 1996 ICJ opinion, IALANA established a working group which has prepared a draft United Nations General Assembly resolution requesting the ICJ for an advisory opinion on the requirements to meet nuclear disarmament obligations.

IALANA, in collaboration with other key organizations (International Peace Bureau, World Court Project UK, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP), is now consulting with governments that might be willing to introduce this resolution to the United Nations. If you would like to support, and if you have contacts with governments that might be interested in supporting, please contact John Burroughs (USA) or Alyn Ware (New Zealand).

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