The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR), represented by Mr. Sarhan Saadi, the organization’s General Coordinator, participated in the activities of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for 2017. It took place from December 8 to 12, 2017 in the Norwegian capital of Oslo at the invitation of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Events of the three days program included intensive seminars and demonstrations which highlighted ICAN’s promotion of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its dangers to humanity and the environment. ICAN is a coalition of about 500 organizations from almost 100 countries. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony held at the Oslo municipality building in the presence of survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed about 220,000 people some 72 years ago. Today too, the world faces a new nuclear threat from nuclear manufacturing countries.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Ms. Beatrice Finn, ICAN Executive Director, praised the efforts of all non-governmental and human rights organizations that contribute to the maintenance of peace and security through the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and also warned of hotbeds of nuclear tension, including Iran.
“Will the end of nuclear weapons come to us?” Ms. Beatrice Finn asked. “The logical approach is to stop living in circumstances where our mutual destruction does not require more than a tantrum,” she added, calling for the planet to be cleared of atomic weapons. “The presence of these weapons urges others to join the nuclear race,” she said, “it does not protect us, it leads to conflict.”
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons praised the role of the Arab Federation for Human Rights in promoting the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, stressing that it is the only Arab country entitled to do so because it is the largest Arab human rights group.
It was agreed during AFHR’s meetings with the Executive Office of the ICAN that a partnership would be formed through which the Arab Federation for Human Rights would promote the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and address the nuclear dangers in North Africa and the Middle East through awareness and communication programs with civil society organizations and representatives of Arab governments .
It is also worth mentioning that the Arab Federation for Human Rights participated in the meetings of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in March this year. AFHR equally organized seminars in collaboration with the International Organization for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, in which it promoted the importance of linking the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban with human rights and the concept of human security. It further stressed the need to establish accurate and strict monitoring mechanisms for the Iranian nuclear agreement to prevent the activation of Iran’s nuclear program, with the need to stop Iran for all ballistic missile tests.
Arab Federation for Human Rights
Geneva, December 13th 2017