For Immediate Release: May 31, 2006
Contacts: John Burroughs (LCNP), 212 818 1861,
cell 917 439 4585
Jacqueline Cabasso (WSLF), cell 510 306 0119
Jennifer Nordstrom (RCW), 212 682 1265, cell 718 290 6399
Disarmament Advocates Available
to Comment on the Blix Commission Report on WMD to Be Released June
1 at the UN; wmdreport.org Launched
New York - On June 1, at the United Nations, Hans Blix, Chairman
of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission will present the Commission’s
final report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan and General Assembly
President Jan Eliasson at 11 a.m. and hold a 12:30 p.m. press conference.
The report is now available at www.wmdcommission.org.
It assesses current dangers posed by nuclear, biological, and chemical
weapons, and makes recommendations to reduce those dangers.
Representatives of non-governmental organizations specializing
in disarmament issues are available for comment on the report. The
Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, Western States Legal
Foundation, and Reaching Critical Will/WILPF, in partnership with
the Arms Control Association, have formed a project to assess the
report and analyze its implications, especially for U.S. policy,
and today launched the project’s website, www.wmdreport.org.
Each of the organizations has long experience tracking the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other disarmament/non-proliferation
forums. The New York-based Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy
(www.lcnp.org) specializes in
the legal aspects of disarmament and security matters. LCNP’s
executive director, John Burroughs, is co-editor of a 2003
book, Rule of Power or Rule of Law?, that covers the issues addressed
by the WMD Commission. The California-based Western States Legal
and the blog www.DisarmamentActivist.org)
monitors the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, for instance the recently
delayed explosive test in Nevada, “Divine Strake,” that
would simulate nuclear effects. WSLF’s executive director,
Jacqueline Cabasso, is a widely recognized organizer, advocate,
and analyst. Reaching Critical Will, a project of the Women’s
International League for Peace and Freedom, based in New York, plays
an essential role for both civil society and governments in reporting
on the UN and NPT through its intensively used website, www.reachingcriticalwill.org.
Jennifer Nordstrom, RCW project associate, has been following
developments at the UN and also the Conference on Disarmament in
Geneva on a daily basis.
Civil Society Review of the Final Report of the
a project of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy,
Western States Legal Foundation, and Reaching Critical Will/WILPF,
in partnership with the Arms Control Association
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