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Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Selma van Oostwaard

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Dutch parliament will discuss a nuclear weapons ban

On April 28, the Dutch parliament will discuss a national ban on nuclear weapons. This is the result of a national campaign initiated by PAX. PAX gathered over 45.000 signatures to put this on the political agenda. It will be the first time in history that the Dutch Parliament will discuss a national nuclear weapons ban.

Nederland 2015 TTK aanbiedingsmoment binnenhof c Daniel Maissan RFThe success of the petition has demonstrated broad support for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and citizens’ demands that the Netherlands takes a leading role in this process. Various Dutch VIPs, religious leaders, youth wings of political parties and mayors all over the country have publicly signed the petition and are demanding a ban on nuclear weapons. Dutch Red Cross and ethical bank ASN Bank are key partners.

Citizens in the Netherlands have long called for the removal of US tactical nuclear weapons and this has been reinforced by repeated resolutions in national parliament. Together with its key partners, PAX has built large support from the Dutch population for the Netherlands to fill the legal gap on nuclear weapons starting at home.

Setsuko Thurlov, survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, already has a message to the Dutch politicians: “Make the right decision, for the sake of humanity.”

We encourage everyone to join us at parliament on 28 April. Together we can demand a ban on nuclear weapons, the last weapons of mass destruction! For more information and to register go to: www.tekentegenkernwapens.nl.
Even if you are not based in the Netherlands and cannot join the debate, you can still be of great help. Send us an e-mail to find out what you can do to support us!

Want to take immediate action? Watch and share Setsuko’s message to the Dutch politicians:

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About the Author

Selma supports all the disarmament work at PAX with a special emphasis on the No Nukes team. In 2014 she and other PAX disarmament campaigners launched a public campaign in the Netherlands to initiate the creation of national legislation to outlaw nuclear weapons: www.tekentegenkernwapens.nl. One of the result of this national campaign is that a vast majority of the House wants the Netherlands to start working internationally for a nuclear weapons ban.



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