Marshall Islands Appeals U.S. Court’s Dismissal of Nuclear Zero Lawsuit

Small Island Nation Fights On. Archbishop Desmond Tutu Lends Support.

July 13, 2015 – The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) submitted its Appeal Brief today to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, appealing the dismissal of the Nuclear Zero Lawsuit. The case was dismissed in Federal District Court on February 3, 2015 by Judge Jeffrey White.

Nuclear Zero LawsuitsThe lawsuit calls upon the U.S. to fulfill its legal obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law to negotiate in good faith to end the nuclear arms race at an early date and for total nuclear disarmament.

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IALANA and INES Newsletter on the Marshall Islands Case

Dear friends and colleagues,

With the special newsletter IALANA and INES would like to provide you with an overview of the “Marshall Islands Case”, designed to legally support the wide range of activities for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands, a country so cruelly affected by the nuclear tests, had the courage to bring the nuclear powers before court. Memories of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons in 1996 were brought back once again. Continue reading “IALANA and INES Newsletter on the Marshall Islands Case”

Societal verification: wave of the future?

Societal Vertification has been discussed for decades under different names, like ‘citizens’ reporting’, ‘inspection by the people’ and ‘social monitoring’. Although there is no agreed legal definition, societal verification connotes the involvement of civil society in monitoring national compliance with, and overall implementation
of, international treaties or agreements. One important element is citizens’ reporting of violations or attempted violations of agreements by their own government or others in their own country.

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Vancouver Declaration: Law’s Imperative for the Urgent Achievement of a Nuclear – Weapon – Free World

Nuclear weapons are incompatible with elementary considerations of humanity.

Human security today is jeopardized not only by the prospect of states’ deliberate use of nuclear weapons, but also by the risks and harms arising from their production, storage, transport, and deployment. They include environmental degradation and damage to health; diversion of resources; risks of accidental or unauthorized detonation caused by the deployment of nuclear forces ready for quick launch and inadequate command/control and warning systems; and risks of acquisition and use by non-state actors caused by inadequate securing of fissile materials and warheads.

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