Geneva will host the Arms Trade Treaty’s permanent Secretariat!

The decision that the interested circles, civil society, diplomats etc. had been waiting for was finally decided last week, and the outcome is very positive for Geneva – the main quarter of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and proud of its humanitarian tradition – and Switzerland more generally: Geneva will be the host of the permanent secretariat…

The Man Who Saved the World – Movie screening in Basel, 20 September 2015, followed by a panel with the participation of SAFNA

20 September 2015, 11 a.m., Kult Kino Atelier / Theaterpassage, Theaterstr. 7 / 4051 Basel, screening and panel in German  Bester Spielfilm– Sundance Film Festival 2015 The Man Who Saved the World – Filmvorführung Sondervorführung zum Internationalen Tag für den Frieden (21. September) zu gedenken und der Internationale Tag zur vollständigen Beseitigung von Kernwaffen (26. September). In…

Welcome in the IALANA Family!

Please check here for the newsletter of IALANA (International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms), July 2015 (pdf). You can read there that the IALANA board meeting of 3rd May 2015 accepted our Assocation to be a national affiliate of their organization, that has consultative status (category II) with the UN ECOSOC. We look forward to this cooperation!

First SAFNA Arms Control and Disarmament Seminar: The Marshall Island Cases and an Analysis of the 2015 NPT Rev. Conf. (Lausanne, 26 June 2015)

AVOCATS SUISSES POUR LE DÉSARMEMENT NUCLÉAIRE (ASDN) SCHWEIZER ANWÄLTE FÜR NUKLEARE ABRÜSTUNG (SAFNA) invite to their first: ARMS CONTROL AND DISARMAMENT SEMINAR Swiss Institute for Comparative Law (Dorigny, CH-1015 Lausanne) Friday, 26 June 2015, 14.00 – 16.30 The Marshall Islands cases against the Nuclear Weapons States pending before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Featuring:…

Global Wave against Nuclear Weapons 2015: “Say good-by to nukes”

Before and during the NPT Review Conference in NewYork (April/May 2015), a smart, truly global campaign against nuclear weapons has been conducted, involving a lot of young people and school children. Please click here for more information. This article was prepared by Alyn Ware, Basel Peace Office, internationally recognized and awarded consultant for arms control…

Russia Proposes to Convene Conference on Establishment of a Middle East WMD Free Zone, No Later than 1 March 2016!

by Daniel Rietiker (source: newsru.com) The Russian Federation proposes to convene a Conference in Moscow, no later than 1st of March 2016, in view to establishing a Zone free of nuclear weapons and other WMD in the Middle East. This derives from a statement of the representative of the Russian Federation during a press conference held last week within the…

Switzerland’s opening remarks at the 2015 NPT Review Conference – Miles away from the often praised humanitarian tradition!

Introduction [by Daniel Rietiker]: On 27 April, Didier Burkhalter, the Federal Councillor, delivered opening remarks on behalf of Switzerland at the 2015 NPT Review Conference. Our friends from ICAN Switzerland posted some observations on their blog (in German), observations that we largely share. Please click here! We reproduce the speech below for your consideration. Generally speaking,…

Some observations on the legal implications of Palestine’s accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)

by Daniel Rietiker, PhD The facts: On 2 January 2015, Palestine deposited its instrument of accession with United Nations authorities in New York in respect of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). Palestine is the fourth Party to the CCM in the region – following Iraq, Lebanon,and Tunisia – to ban cluster munitions. Since 2010, Palestine has…