A new treaty will ban nuclear weapons

A new treaty will ban nuclear weapons

By Gaynor Lloyd

Waking unreasonably early this morning, having forgotten the clocks go back an hour, I was struggling to greet the day with cheer. Then I heard the news headlines: the 50th state, Honduras, had just ratified a treaty.  To ban nuclear weapons.

The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) opened for signature three years ago. It’s a treaty that will make nuclear weapons illegal in the countries that sign it. The treaty needed 50 countries to ratify it before it before it could come into force – and overnight that milestone was reached.

CND general Secretary Kate Hudson noted: “This is a sea change in international law; never before have nuclear weapons been illegal.”

The treaty will come into force on January 22nd 2021. Shamefully the UK government refused to even participate in the treaty talks and now says it will never sign. The US has written to signatories, telling them they have made “a strategic error” and urging them to rescind their ratification. The Guardian dismissed the achievement as “essentially symbolic”, as the world’s nuclear powers have not signed up to the agreement.

But, for me, what is crucial is what Beatrice Fihn, the Swedish lawyer and executive director of the  Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons, said:  “Decades of activism have achieved what many said was impossible: nuclear weapons are banned.”

Campaigners hope this treaty will be a first rock in an avalanche of change, similar to that achieved by previous treaties on chemical and biological weapons, land mines and cluster munitions, stigmatising their use, changing states’ behaviour and discouraging financial institutions from funding the building of these weapons of terror […]

A new treaty will ban nuclear weapons — Labour Hub

6 thoughts on “A new treaty will ban nuclear weapons

  1. The only countries who are likely to want to bomb the UK are the very regimes our current and previous governments(and I use the term loosely)cosy up to, namely the US who have already demonstrated their total contempt for human life and their best buddy Israel who also has the propensity towards death and destruction. The US killed a few million Iraqi’s on the pretense of Iraq had WMD’s, but nobody yet has lobbed nuclear bombs on to US soil who most definitely do have WMD’s and are totally unstable and untrustworthy, not to mention murderous. The UK under war criminal Blair was involved in crimes against humanity and war crimes in several countries and if it continues to wave around the threat of nuclear attack will be an easy target since only 5 modern nuclear warheads with their massive yield, would not only decimate it’s infrastructure but kill millions of people. The best a Brit can hope for is death from a strike and end up a pile of ashes, the alternative, the wind driven irradiation, is a horror to be avoided, since no-one would be safe from it’s effects.
    Gotta wonder what kind of mentality is so diminished that they are unable to comprehend the obvious.
    Thanks for this article and the many others I read from you.


    • Mohandeer, I just had to laugh at the first sentence of your comment.But you are absolutely right. The US is clearly much more likely to bomb its allies (Caitlin Johnstone calls them “hostages”) than anyone else.

      I was really pleased to see New Zealand sign this treaty. As one of the Five Eyes,they’re normally incredibly obedient to the desires of the US.

      I think we have good reason to expect that we will be able to shame a few of the small nuclear powers into going along with this treaty, as happened with the land mines ban.


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