World Court Project's Declarations for a
For many months, along with others, individuals and groups have been
collecting signed Declarations for a Nuclear-free World. These Declarations
have been initiated by the World Court Project which tries to utilise to the
hilt the 1996 Opinion by the International Court of Justice that the threat or
use of nuclear weapons is illegal under International Humanitarian Law.
The very existence of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the most widely supported disarmament treaty ever with 188 signatory States, is under threat as solemn promises made at the last NPT Review Conference in 2000 have not been kept.
In the lead-up to the make-or-break Review Conference in May this year, everyone who wants to see the nuclear-armed states honour their legal obligations and abolish these terrible weapons forever can sign a Declaration. These will be presented at UN headquarters in New York during the Conference. It's another means of getting the Voice of the People into that high-level event.
The Declarations are not petitions. They are personal commitments, individually signed, intended to contribute towards the development of international law. If you've not signed a Declaration yet and want to, then you can do it on the web by going to the Home Page of http://www.abolition2000europe.org/ where you can read more about the Declarations and how to sign one.
Please pass on this message to your friends and networks. The greater the number of signed Declarations, the more likely the Nuclear Weapon States will be to take notice.
The World Court Project is an international citizens' network which is working to publicise and have implemented the 8 July 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legal status of the threat or use of nuclear weapons.