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> United Nations global ban treaty has entered into force

On Friday 22 January, history was made when the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) "entered into force". This means that the nuclear ban has become a binding instrument under international law - but only for those countries that have signed and ratified it. None of the nuclear-armed countries have signed the treaty, so what does this mean now?

At the time of writing, 86 countries have signed the treaty, and 52 have ratified it. 135 nations came together at the conference in 2017 to draft the treaty, and 122 voted to accept the treaty text and open it up for signatures. Once the number of ratifications reached 50, it automatically triggered the process of "entering into force" which means that - for those countries - nuclear weapons are illegal. They have, of course, always been immoral. But now we really can call nuclear weapons what they are: prohibited weapons of mass destruction, just like chemical weapons, biological weapons and land mines. Just as with those other UN treaties, the world didn't change overnight - every country's legislative process is different, and there is a battle for hearts and minds that usually has to be won by civil society to persuade their government to act. But when a UN treaty enters into force, the moral and legal arguments become much stronger, and (hopefully!) the change becomes inevitable.

What can you do to support the campaign?
  1. Please sign CND's petition if you haven't done so already click here
  2. Ask your local MP to sign Early Day Motion EDM1072 click here
  3. Contact your MP to ask for a virtual meeting to talk to them about the TPNW. CND has put together a briefing for you to have to hand and made it easy for you to send your request click here
> Exeter CND archives and heritage project

We're moving ahead in a limited fashion during the lockdown with our exciting heritage project, so this is another call for our more venerable members to please take a look in your attics and other places to check for any historical documents, newsletters, local press cuttings and so on - especially old photographs of events and demonstrations from the 1908s onwards. We would be very pleased to borrow and copy, or add them to the rest of our archive for you. Click here to send us an email.

> Peace Shop remains closed

Due to the ongoing lockdown, the shop is still closed. However, if you do want to support us you could have a look at the bottom of this email to see all the lovely new stock we bought in the brief period last year when we were allowed to be open. If you would like to buy anything, please do get in touch. Click here to send an email. If you're in Exeter city centre, we could arrange a delivery (and you can pay by contactless card on our mobile card machine); if you're further afield, we could find out the postage cost and arrange for you to pay by bank transfer or through PayPal.

Gillian Harbord

Our dear friend Gillian has very sadly passed away recently, after a short illness in hospital. She died on 26 January at the age of 89.

For more than twenty years she was a volunteer in the Peace Shop, and organised the rota of shop helpers for most of that time too. She could always be relied upon to be there whenever we had a stall at a fair or in the High Street.

All of us at Exeter CND will miss her terribly, and we send our warmest thoughts and sincerest condolences to her husband Claude and children Alison and Roger.

Her funeral took place on yesterday (11 February) at St David's church (with very limited numbers due to the covid restrictions), and was followed by a woodland burial.

Her family very generously suggested that - instead of flowers - people were welcome to give a donation either to Exeter CND or to the Exeter Quakers.

As well as being a dedicated supporter of Exeter CND, Gillian was also a regular attender at the Friends Meeting House. Ian Martin of the Quakers has written the following:
Gillian Harbord was one of the most dedicated peace campaigners I have met in Exeter, equally with Exeter Quakers as with Exeter CND. Her funeral service was in St David's Church yesterday.
She bought the tea bags and the milk. She handed out leaflets in the High Street, some of which I wrote. In the pre social media times she spread a message of peace by placing it in the hands of passers-by. Inspirational campaigners like Ray Hainton were only so effective because Gillian joined others to work alongside her.

I attended a brief commital service for her with her family on a beautifully bleak and windy snow-covered ridge above theTeign Valley. I thanked her family for the time she spent with us working for peace.
A silver birch tree will be planted beside her grave bringing her full circle as her childhood family home was called Silver Birch.

We might remember at times to 'be more Gillian' . In remembering the tea bags and turning up to hand out the leaflets - doing the simple things faithfully - we can all make a difference in the world.
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Thank you all for your continued support of the campaign.

With all best wishes,
in peace, and for peace,

TJ Milburn
Chair & Organising Secretary
Exeter Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

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