AIMS of the NONLETHAL SECURITY FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN:
The overall purpose of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign (NLSPC) is to reduce the damage of war, specifically to:
- Reduce death and injury in warfare by promoting the use of non-damaging technology in conflict resolution
- Influence peace-keeping agencies (such as the UN) to move progressively from lethal to non-lethal weaponry
- Subsequently influence defence forces in nations around the world to make the same transformation to non-lethal defence
- Over the course of time, change world culture from lethal to non-lethal conflict resolution, with the result that the nuclear weapons that threaten our species will finally be eliminated
- By removing lethality from conflict resolution, help to lower the overall level of violence in society, promoting a more peaceful and just world.
RECENT NEWS – 28 September 2019
BRITISH DEFENCE CHIEF CALLS FOR MORE NON-LETHAL OPTIONS
The head of UK Defence, Sir Nick Carter recently said that British forces need more “non-lethal” options. General Carter warned that the world is a less stable place than at any time in his 42-year career. The pace of change is “more profound than anything humanity has experienced outside of the two world wars,” he said. Speaking to an international audience at a Defence and Security event in London, the Chief of the Defence Staff said the British military needed to develop more non-lethal options to give politicians greater options in future conflicts.
COMMENT 13 August 2019 – Guns guns
There have been more mass shootings in the USA in the last week or so. Despite demands from communities around the nation, American governments will still not regulate the sale of assault rifles let alone handguns. Perhaps we can achieve nonlethal security between nations before US citizens regulate domestic weapons. That would be interesting. Domestic gun violence is tragic, but killing in war is much more serious.
COMMENT 7 June 2019 – D-day without death
Our last comment was on the anniversary of the end of World War One. It is now the anniversary of the D-day landing in Normandy. Not much changed in lethal warfare between the World Wars and there has been little change in attitude to the concept of lethal warfare since D-day. The only exception is a fear of nuclear war because it could eradicate the human race. Despite this the nuclear-armed nations are not rushing to reduce their weapon stocks, let alone to get rid of them.
The need for D-day cannot be disputed and neither can the courage of the fighters on both sides, but we must not forget what immense slaughter and pain took place to contain and overcome the ambitions of a few power-mad (and indeed insane) world leaders. Unfortunately, from time to time, such people will continue to gain power. We have the ability to contain and overcome the damage they wreak using technology which does not kill or injure people around world. There was much death on D-day. In the future there may be D-days where we overcome tyrants but it should be with nonlethal technology – without death.
COMMENT 11 November 2018 – the end of the war that did not end all wars
It’s exactly one hundred years since the end of World War One – the war that was supposed to ‘end all wars’. Humankind has made huge progress in that time, but we have not changed the way we that we handle conflict between nations. We can build spacecraft that roam the solar system and bring us pictures of the surface of far planets. You’d think that it would not be a huge task to design technology that kept people safe from aggression without death and damage. And yet, year by year. we still spend vast amounts of money developing ever more deadly machines for ‘defending’ ourselves from enemies
Let’s hope that one hundred years from now we’ll be able to celebrate a world where we can resist aggression and maintain our liberty using technology that does not kill or injure.
COMMENT 16 June 2018 – Maybe…
Trump and Kim Jong-Un have met and talked. Just possibly denuclearisation will proceed. Maybe…
COMMENT 28 April 2018 – Good sense comes to Korea?
It’s impossible to judge what will finally emerge from today’s remarkable summit meeting between the South Korean President, Moon Jae-In and North Korean President, Kim Jong-Un. If the quick removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsular is achieved then this will have been a truly landmark occasion. Even if the removal does not happen immediately, at least we’ll have been granted a glimpse of what could happen. Lethal warfare is not inevitable.
COMMENT 5 April 2018 – Good news from New Zealand
In contrast to so much current news, it’s very encouraging that New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is reviving the portfolio of Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control. Perhaps we can see just a glimmer of sanity returning to the world.
NON-LETHAL WEAPONS SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR PAPERS
The 10th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons is to be held in Brussels, Belgium 20-23 May 2019
In this long running event subject matter experts can come together and discuss the complex topics surrounding the development and deployment of Non-
The deadline for the Submission of Abstracts is 15 October 2018.
IMPORTANT NEWS 8 October 2017
ICAN Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
ICAN, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, has just been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Nuclear weapons are of course the ultimate lethal weapon. Eliminating nuclear weapons is therefore the most important goal of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign.
Many congratulations to ICAN!
ICAN is now an international organisation but like the NLSPC it started in Australia. At present the Australian government does not have a great record in supporting the elimination of nuclear weapons, or indeed in observing human rights in its treatment of refugees.
Let’s hope that the 2017 Nobel Prize will stimulate the Australian government to make some improvements in this area.
For a current summary of the aims of the campaign, see this recent article in New Democracy Supporting Peace by Reducing the Damage of War.
THE SHETLAND TO SCILLY – NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR PEACE JOURNEY
In 2016 the Coordinator of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign, Andrew Greig, journeyed the length of Great Britain the Shetland Islands to the Scilly Isles promoting ‘New Technologies for Peace’. He travelled by bicycle from John o’Groats to Penzance symbolising another change taking place across the world, that of energy technology – away from power generation from fossil fuel to new sustainable technologies.
RECENT: For an excellent readable summary of nuclear disarmament up to the present see: Filling the Legal Gap on Nuclear Weapons by Daryl Le Cornu, President of the World Citizens Association of Australia
TWO GOALS of the NONLETHAL SECURITY FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN
One day, except as curios, guns designed for killing people will be illegal
(Sporting guns – for responsible shooters – will be OK)
Explosives will only be used in mining, engineering and fireworks.
From controlarms.org :
‘every minute one person dies from armed violence, 16 people become refugees and 15 new weapons are created’
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