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Published on March 25th, 2017 | by Susi Snyder

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Activists at nuclear weapon bases say: Time to go! Ban nuclear weapons!

In the last week, actions have taken place at air bases across Europe. These activities are in support of the nuclear weapon ban treaty negotiations in New York. Actions at Aviano (Italy), Kleine Brogel (Belgium), Büchel (Germany) and Volkel (the Netherlands) generated significant local attention to the negotiations.

Activists in Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands call on their governments to participate constructively in the nuclear negotiations and remove the nuclear weapons from their countries.

“For decades we have tried to get these weapons out, and been refused at every step.” said Pieter Teirlinck, from Vrede in Belgium, “Now that nuclear weapons will be illegal, it is finally time for them to go.”

In addition, parliaments in Belgium, Germany and Italy are discussing resolutions calling on their governments to participate in good faith in the negotiations, as the Netherlands has already committed.

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About the Author

Susi is the project lead for the PAX No Nukes project, she also coordinates the Don’t Bank on the Bomb research and campaign. She is an expert on nuclear weapons, with over two decades experience working at the intersect between nuclear weapons and human rights. In addition to the annual Don't Bank on the Bomb reports, Susi has published numerous reports and articles, including Banned but Allied: Next steps for NATO Alliance members after the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2018); Escalating tensions: The perfect time to negotiate the outlaw and elimination of nuclear weapons(2015); Dealing with a ban (2015); The Rotterdam Blast: The immediate humanitarian consequences of a 12 kiloton nuclear explosion (2014); ‘Disarm, dismantle and make a profit: A cost-benefit analysis of nuclear modernisation versus nuclear disarmament’ (2013), and Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe (2011). She represents PAX on the International Steering Group of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Susi is a 2016 Nuclear Free Future Award Laureate. Previously, Mrs. Snyder served as the Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) at their Geneva secretariat, and she is still President of the WILPF United Nations Office. She was named Hero of Las Vegas in 2001 for her work with Indigenous populations against US nuclear weapons development and nuclear waste dumping. Susi currently lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands with her husband and son.



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