Call for Actions: Help save the Iran nuclear deal for peace and nonproliferation

Members of the Abolition 2000 global network to eliminate nuclear weapons, meeting in Geneva for their Annual General Meeting over the weekend, call on peace and disarmament activists to help save the Iran Nuclear Deal – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Under the deal, Iran has agreed to verified control of its nuclear energy program to ensure that it is not possible to divert technology or materials to make a nuclear bomb. In exchange, Iran gets relief from some of the international sanctions that had been imposed on them.

Foreign ministers and other negotiators of the Iran deal partners when it was concluded – China, France, Germany, the EU, Iran, Russia and USA.

President Trump has called for a renegotiated deal, adding additional demands on Iran (such as on their missile program) and for the ‘sunset’ clause to be revoked. Such additional demands would likely lead to Iran leaving the deal.

President Trump has announced that if other partners to the deal – UK, Russia, France, China, Germany and the European Union – do not agree to his demands by May 12, he will not re-certify the deal, and the US will return to aggressive sanctions and the possibility of military attack against Iran.

Abolition 2000 members at the AGM call on activists around the world to publicly support the deal by organizing vigils or delegation visits to US embassies in your country before May 12.

If you cannot vigil at a US embassy, then send them a letter expressing your concern.

Please invite media to these events, or send the media copies of your letters to the US embassies.

And please send us copies of your letters, press releases and photos of your actions. We can forward these to US administration officials.

Find the call at the Abolition2000 website

 

Tony de Brum, former Marshall Islands foreign minister, died on August 22, 2017

Tony de Brum, beloved nuclear disarmament and climate change hero, has died at his home in Majuro, following a long illness. Tony’s unwavering passion and commitment, his warmth and humanity will be sorely missed. Tony was one of a kind. Our hearts go out to his family. Read more about Tony’s life and accomplishments below.

Obituary: Tony de Brum, Marshallese climate and anti-nuclear crusader http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/08/22/tony-de-brum-marshallese-climate-anti-nuclear-crusader-dies-aged-72/

 Former Marshall Islands minister, Nobel nominee Tony de Brum dies http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/08/22/former-marshall-islands-minister-nobel-nominee-tony-de-brum-dies/588769001/

Speech by John Burroughs at rally at Livermore Laboratory in 2016 with focus on the Marshall Islands http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/J.Burroughs_Speech_Aug9_2016.pdf

Award ceremony of the Arms Control Person of the Year award 2017 to Tony de Brum / Republic of Marshall Islands https://www.armscontrol.org/ArmsControl17

Washington Post: Tony de Brum, global voice for fighting climate change, dies https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/tony-de-brum-global-voice-for-fighting-climate-change-dies/2017/08/22/f331761c-87a5-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_story.html?utm_term=.6628e3f9550a

New York Times: Tony de Brum, Voice of Pacific Islands on Climate Change, Dies at 72 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/world/tony-de-brum-dead-climate-change-advocate.html?_r=0

 

Letter to Mrs de Brum by IALANA Germany

Dear Mrs de Brum,

On behalf of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms Germany, it is with a heavy heart that I must send our deepest condolences to you, your family and the people of the Marshall Islands.

Whoever had the fortune and privilege to meet and to know your husband would always be deeply moved by his representation of the Marshall Islands. He displayed great political courage, clarity and fortitude while always remaining warm-hearted and poetic.

When he spoke, one experienced and understood the destiny of the entire Marshall Islands and all its people. The speech he gave in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague about the children of the Marshall Islands who played with the ash of the nuclear fallout as it fell out of the sky, placing it in their mouth as if it were snow, remains one of the most moving speeches ever to be given in a court of law.

The depth of his personality will be a permanent inspiration for us to remain strong in our ongoing efforts to ensure that never again will people, anywhere in the world, have to face the usage of an atomic weapon.

Warmest regards,

Otto Jäckel

Chairman, IALANA Germany

Letter to Mrs de Brum by JALANA