Webinar: The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits: Why the tiny Marshall Islands took on the Nuclear Nine
The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits:
Why the Tiny Marshall Islands Took on the Nuclear Nine
On the anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Women’s Action for New Directions and the NuclearZero.org consortium presented a webinar about the latest grassroots disarmament movement. On April 24, 2014, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice and U.S. Federal District Court against the nine nuclear-armed nations. Why the Marshall Islands? What does the RMI hope to achieve? Where do the lawsuits stand?
Rick Wayman, Director of Programs & Operations for Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Rick is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and Political Advocacy from the School for International Training. Rick began working full-time on nuclear weapons issues with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK before moving to California in 2007 to join NAPF.
Neisen Laukon, originally from Rongelap Atoll (part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands). Neisen Laukon, currently of Springfield, Arkansas, works with the Marshallese Education Initiative to share her story across the United States about the health effects she and her community suffered following the Castle Bravo nuclear bomb test by the U.S. military on March 1, 1954. Neisen was not on the Atoll on the day of the test but was returned there by the United States with her family in 1957.
Erica Fein, Nuclear Weapons Policy Officer at WAND. Erica introduced the speakers and moderated the discussion.
The RMI lawsuits contend that the nine nuclear-armed nations (including the United States, United Kingdom, China, Russia, France, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea) have failed to comply with their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and customary international law to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.
This webinar is brought to you by:
And Women's Action for New Directions (WAND).