(Picture: Members of Australian Anti-Bases Campaign protest involvement in overseas wars and unnecessary military spending (27 July 2013))
The NONLETHAL SECURITY FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN is born
On 17th May 2013 the Non-Lethal Weapons for Peace Campaign became the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign. (The old name has served its purpose well and will continue to be recognised for a while.)
There are two main reasons for the change. The word ‘weapon’ is associated so closely with harm and lethality that to many people the term ‘non-lethal weapon’ seems contradictory. The second reason is that non-lethal technology employed for security covers a far wider area than non-lethal weapons alone.
COMMENT at 7 December 2013
A major new report just released by the Oxford Research Group shows 11,420 children killed in the Syrian conflict: 7 out of 10 by explosives, 1 in 4 by bullets.
What stupid cruel technology we adult humans still use in our various squabbles. We should be old enough to know better – at the least we should leave the kids out of it.
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.
7th EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM on NON-LETHAL WEAPONS
The 7th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons
took place on June 3-5 2013 at its usual location at the Stadthalle in Ettlingen, Germany. The theme for the symposium was ‘how fielded non lethal technologies have performed in real operational environments’. For the conference brochure go to www.non-lethal-weapons.com .
(For comment on the conference see the August 2013 NLS Newsletter.)
The Purpose of Nonlethal Security for Peace
The purpose of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign is to reduce the damage of war.
- 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.
The US Department of Defense’s Non-Lethal Weapons Program Annual Report for 2012.
(The NLS for Peace Campaign does not agree with everything in the Report – for example the assertion that “Non-Lethals will never replace lethal weapons” – but generally the Program is heading in the right direction.)
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