Good News!

December 2011

An attempt by the US, China and Russia to regulate, rather than ban, cluster bombs has failed.  Fifty countries objected, following a campaign, saying that anything less than an outright ban would be an unprecedented reversal of human rights law.

Past news posts have reported that the US wants to build a base, probably for its missile defence programme, on Jeju Island in South Korea.  It seems that the protests of the local people are being heeded.  The three remaining political prisoners have all been released from prison and the blast at Gureombi, which would have destroyed a coastline, home to many endangered species, has not taken place.  The people of Jeju send their thanks to everyone who wrote in their support.

 Al Jazeera has produced a documentary video about the struggle.  It is at http://space4peace.blogspot.com/2011/11/jeju-video-now-available-for-viewing.html

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have adopted a resolution that:
emphasizes the incalculable human suffering that can be expected to result from any use of nuclear weapons, the lack of any adequate humanitarian response capacity and the absolute imperative to prevent such use; finds it difficult to envisage how any use of nuclear weapons could be compatible with the rules of international humanitarian law, in particular the rules of distinction, precaution and proportionality
appeals to all States to:
a) ensure that nuclear weapons are never again used, regardless of their views of the legality of such weapons;
b) pursue in good faith and conclude with urgency and determination negotiations to prohibit the use of, and completely eliminate, nuclear weapons through a legally binding international agreement, based on existing commitments.