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ABOLITION DAYS en andere akties tegen kernwapens (24 mei 98)


Voor de tweede keer zullen deze zomer de Abolition Days 
plaatsvinden, waarbij opslagplaatsen van kernwapens ge- 
inspekteerd worden. 

De inspekties dienen ertoe om na te gaan of er al gevolg is 
gegeven aan de uitspraak van het Internationaal Gerechtshof op 8 
juli 1996, die stelt dat dreigen met- en gebruik van kernwapens 
in de meeste gevallen een oorlogsmisdaad is. 

Van 3 tot 11 juli komen aktivisten uit heel Europa bijeen in 
Brussel voor een vredeskamp, gevolgd door een aktie bij het 
NAVO-hoofdkwartier in Brussel op 8 juli. 

Rond 1 oktober vinden opnieuw akties plaats. 

Tevens zijn er akties van 10 tot 12 juni, als de NAVO-ministers 
elkaar ontmoeten in Brussel. 

En van 12 juli tot 9 augustus vindt de 'Walk for Nuclear 
Disarmament' plaats, van Brussel naar de 'Trident nuclear 
submarine base' in Faslane (Scotland). 

Tot slot is van 9 tot 25 augustus in Schotland het Trident 
Ploughshares 2000 Disarmament Camp, Faslane. 

Voor alle informatie: For Mother Earth nwad@motherearth.org 

Zie verder onderstaand bericht, dat binnenkort in het Nederlands 
beschikbaar komt. 

-------- Doorgestuurd bericht -------- 

Dear people, 

Please help us to spread the information about the abolition days 
campaign. In these days of growing tensity in Southern Asia we feel 
our campaign is even more vital. If you can publish this article in 
your magazine, or spread it through your mailinglist, or put it on 
your website, we'd be very pleased.... We have pictures available on 
request. If you can link your WWW with ours, 
http://www.motherearth.org, that will surely help!!!!! 

Thanks a lot!!! 

Krista van Velzen    for the @-days organisers 
Following article is also available in dutch! 
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CITIZENS ACTIONS AGAINST NUCLEAR HYPOCRISY 
- ABOLITION DAYS 1998 

They are built to turn living things to dust.  Their ongoing 
construction is polluting and destroying our environment.  Accidents 
and danger levels are rarely reported.  They are here to protect and 
uphold racist and capitalist agendas of exploitation and domination. 

Their existence goes against international law, yet nuclear weapons 
are here. This is despite lots of UN resolutions calling for nuclear 
disarmament. There are no UN inspectors calling to inspect the nuclear 
sites.  In many countries, they are not even on the map.  But they are 
here. 

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: DON'T YOU THINK IT'S TIME THE INSPECTOR CALLED? 

It's early summer 1998, and a new arms race is kicking off between 
India and Pakistan.  The countries that already have nukes are very 
quick to condemn them.  But this nightmare might not be happening if 
the five 'official' nuclear powers - US, UK, France, China and Russia 
- had done the right thing long ago, and negotiated a global ban on 
nuclear weapons.  They have a legal obligation to do this - just look 
at what was said by the International Court of Justice in 1996: "There 
exists a legal obligation to pursue in good faith and bring to a 
conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its 
aspects..  "  In other words, to achieve the complete abolition of 
nuclear weapons. 

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: UP TO US TO TAKE ACTION 

It is with these fact in mind that activists all over the world will 
be taking action this summer. For the second year in the row, a 
campaign called Abolition Days is calling people everywhere to join 
them in conducting 'Citizen's Inspections' of nuclear 'sites of 
crime'.  As last year two action days have been called.  On July 3-11 
activists from all over Europe - and further afield - will be 
gathering in Brussels for a peace camp, followed by an action at NATO 
HQ on July 8, which is the anniversary of the ICJ Opinion. 

The second action days will take place around the date of October 1. 
This is the anniversary of the end of the Nuremberg trials - the 
trials of Nazi war criminals which took place after WW II.  These 
trials produced the "Nuremberg Principles", which enshrine the 
responsibility of everyone on this planet to prevent genocide.  During 
the week of October 1, "Citizens Inspection" actions will take place 
all over the world at 'sites of crime' - nuclear weapons bases and 
related sites. Already many groups around the world are planning their 
actions. 

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: POLLUTING YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND 

The purpose of the campaign is to highlight the hypocrisy that exists 
around nuclear weapons.  We will be challenging the nuclear 
establishment with international law - and imagination!  Why shouldn't 
we inspect these sites?  The UK and the US almost went to war over the 
inspection teams in Iraq - yet they appear to believe that their 
weapons of mass destruction are okay. 

Abolition Days is about challenging the law, and invoking 
[international] law.  It's about working across international 
boundaries, about working together in solidarity to create a safe 
future.  So will you join us in the challenge? 

JOIN THE ABOLITION DAYS DIRECT ACTIONS  1998 
"People's Inspections" and other actions against nuclear weapons 

                        July 3-11 1998 
International Peace Action Camp, Brussels (Belgium) Including action 
against NATO on July 8th. 

  October 1 1998 
People's Inspections and non-violent direct actions worldwide 

Plus additional actions: 

June 10-11-12  1998 - Actions at the NATO-Ministers of Defense meeting 
in Brussels 

July 12-August 9 1998 - Walk for Nuclear Disarmament from 
NATO/Brussels to Faslane/Scotland (Trident nuclear submarine base) 

August 9-25  Trident Ploughshares 2000 Disarmament Camp, Faslane, 
Scotland 

Donations, help and ideas always needed - contact us at the address 
below! 

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MORE INFO: For Mother Earth, Gewad 15, 9000 Gent, Belgium 
tel. +32-9-2334924/2338439 fax +32-9-2337302 nwad@motherearth.org 
postal account # 000-1618561-19 



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