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2012 AGM & Seminar Report Back

WILPF members at the Annual General Meeting and Seminar.

On Saturday, March 17th, UK WILPF had its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Seminar on the Universal Periodic Review. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, keynote seminar speaker, spoke movingly of the plight of the Jeju islanders whose world heritage homeland is being devastated to make way for another base foe nuclear armed craft close to China. She suggested that everyone present contacted the Save Jeju Island Campaign and to write personally to Ban Ki Moon to ask why he is allowing such devastation.

WILPF members from across the UK attended the events at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre in London, taking steps to further the campaign initiatives as well as the structure and strength of the organisation making WILPF even more efficient and effective in creating social change in 2012.

Raised Voices and Honorary Friend Award Reception

Raised Voices sang Jeremy Corbyn, MP into the esteemed position of "Honorary Friend."

Raising Voices sang Jeremy Corbyn, MP into the esteemed position of “Honorary Friend.”

 

 

Prior to the seminar, Raised Voices sang a series of political songs, ranging from women’s suffrage, labour unions, racial justice, and anti-nuclear issues.

 

 

 

Corbyn proudly displays his Honorary Friend Award from WILPF and his new coffee mug!

 

 

 

Jeremy Corbyn, MP of North Islington, received his Honorary Friend of WILPF Award in recognition of his long term support of WILPF and commitment to peace and social justice.

 

 

Seminar on the Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review, as defined by the United Nations, “is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years.” This year, in 2012, the United Kingdom is up for review.

Dr. Johnson’s presentation included graphic images to show the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of even a small nuclear detonation.

 

This seminar was an opportunity for WILPF members, friends and supporters to learn about the WILPF’s consultative status to the UN from keynote speaker Dr. Rebecca Johnson to ensure the voices of women are heard and the state’s obligation to protect all from harm is implemented.

 

 

Dr. Rebecca Johnson is the Vice Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) Vice President, and the Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.

Statement on Hiroshima Day

6 August 2011

On 6 and 9 August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. WILPF deplored these bombings and pays respect to the victims of this atrocity every year. In March this year, WILPF also expressed its grief for the loss of life and devastation in Japan resulting from the disaster at its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. It is a terrible tragedy that the very nation that sustained and survived an attack with nuclear weapons is today sustaining more radiation exposure and contamination.

The development, manufacture, testing, deployment, and sharing of nuclear weapons continues today. The threat of the use of these weapons still exists. The arms race is continuing.

All of the states that currently possess nuclear weapons have plans to modernize these weapons in the coming decades. The Obama administration has committed to spend $185 billion dollars over the next 20 years to modernize the US nuclear arsenal and delivery systems and the facilities used to build these weapons. He made this commitment in exchange for US Senate ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. For a minimal arms control treaty, the administration in essence pushed the possibility of nuclear disarmament off the US agenda for any foreseeable future. This also provides cover for other states to keep their nuclear weapons and for others to acquire them.

This commitment to invest further in nuclear weapons comes at a time of global economic crisis. It is a classic, heartbreaking example of wasted financial and human resources. The money and scientific effort could be better put to use in creating jobs, building homes and schools, providing health care, developing renewable energy technologies, and so much more.

Nuclear weapons do not exist in a vacuum. They are inherently linked to the pursuit of corporate profits over human security, political corruption and secrecy, environmental devastation, negative effects to health of human bodies, especially women’s bodies, and the undermining of human security, collective international security, and peace. Nuclear weapons are in violation

Many governments still accord political and economic “value” to nuclear weapons. This value must be dispelled by dismantling the myth of nuclear deterrence and by highlighting nuclear weapons’ incompatibility with international law.

WILPF calls on all nuclear weapon possessors to cease their plans for the modernization of their nuclear weapons, delivery systems, and related infrastructure as a step toward the good faith pursuit of nuclear disarmament and a nuclear weapon free world. WILPF calls upon these governments to redirect funds spent on nuclear weapons to meet human and environmental needs and to pursue policies that are consistent with achieving nuclear disarmament.

WILPF also expresses solidarity with the people of Ganjeong, South Korea in their struggle to stop the construction of a military naval base which is designed to host US Aegis destroyers that will carry missile “defence” systems. Military bases are a visible structure of militarism and imperialism; they undermine more constructive forms international cooperation and engagement; and they perpetuate militarism and military spending. On 6 August 2011, WILPF stands with the local villagers and their international supporters facing the power of the military to protect their homes, livelihoods, the environment, and peace