The Basel Peace Office encourages you to honour Human Rights Day today (December 10). We report on two recent appeals and two recent awards on nuclear disarmament and human rights.
Prague Youth Appeal to World LeadersOn November 29, young academics, policy analysts and activists from around the world released an appeal focusing on the rights of current and future generations to a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons, and urging world leaders to reduce the risks of nuclear weapons being used and support United Nations initiatives for nuclear disarmament.The appeal was adopted at the conclusion of an international conference Reaching High for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World, which was held at Charles University in Prague, organized by the Abolition 2000 Youth Network and co-sponsored by the Basel Peace Office.

The appeal calls in particular on world leaders to attend the 2018 UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament and use the occasion to make concrete progress on nuclear disarmament.

Participants of the Prague Youth Conference visit the ATOM Muzeum, a former nuclear weapons depot in the Czech Republic
International declaration on nuclear weapons/power, human rights and trans-generational crimesThe Basel Peace Office co-hosted an international conference in Basel from September 14-17 on Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age.The conference brought together doctors, lawyers, scientists and nuclear experts from 27 countries to consider the human and environmental impacts of uranium mining, nuclear testing, nuclear weapons use (against Hiroshima and Nagasaki), nuclear power production and nuclear accidents, as well as the risks to current and future generations from potential nuclear weapons use, further accidents and nuclear waste.

The conference adopted the Basel Declaration on human rights and trans-generational crimes resulting from nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. The declaration draws from the scientific evidence presented to the conference, and the application of international law, to conclude that:

‚the risks and impacts of nuclear weapons, depleted uranium weapons and nuclear energy, which are both transnational and trans-generational, constitute a violation of human rights, a transgression of international humanitarian and environmental law, and a crime against future generations.‘

Nadezda Kutepova describing the Mayak nuclear disaster in Russia.
Photo: Martin Walter
Jeremy Corbyn gives a Human Rights Day speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec 8, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn addresses the UN in GenevaJeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party and a Council Member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, gave a keynote policy speech on human rights at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec 8.Corbyn told the packed auditorium that ‚We need to redouble our efforts to create a global rules based system that applies to all and works for the many, not the few. No more bomb first and think and talk later.‘

In particular he called on U.S. President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un to ‚step back from the brink‚ and to stop threatening ‚a terrifying nuclear confrontation with their absurd and bellicose insults.‘

Sean MacBride Peace Award

Also on December 8, Corbyn received the Sean MacBride Peace Award in a ceremony organised by the International Peace Bureau and hosted by  Rémy Pagani, the Mayor of Geneva.

Sean MacBride was an Irish diplomat and human rights activist who was one of the founders of Amnesty International and a President of IPB. MacBride, Amnesty International and IPB are all Nobel Peace Laureates.

Jeremy Corbyn receiving the Sean MacBride Peace Prize.
Nuclear Free Future AwardThe Nuclear-Free Future Award is an annual award to grassroots campaigners working to protect humanity from nuclear risks by campaigning for an end to nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, and by acting for the rights of those impacted by the nuclear industries.On September 16, the Nuclear Free Future Award was presented in Basel to the 2017 laureates: Almoustapha Alhacen (Niger), Janine Allis-Smith & Martin Forwood (Great Britain), Hiromichi Umebayashi (Japan), Jochen Stay (Germany) and the Switzerland Anti-Nuke Movement.
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