24-11-2017 The United Nations will continue official talks on killer robots next year. This was decided today in Geneva. In two sessions of five days each, member states will look into whether or not to regulate lethal autonomous weapons, otherwise known as killer robots. PAX is pleased with the decision, although the organization had hoped for more urgency in order to bring a halt to the development of these dangerous weapons systems. PAX’s programme leader for killer robots, Miriam Struyk, says, “The technology is proceeding full steam ahead. Every month that passes without taking concrete steps towards a ban can mean that it’s too late.”Humanitarian Disarmament
22-11-2017 Today Ratko Mladic has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Yugoslavia Tribunal. 'The butcher of the Balkans' has been found guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Peace organisation PAX is pleased with this verdict and sees it as recognition of the grief of survivors and relatives.Dealing with the Past, Europe
17-11-2017 The bombing of Eastern Ghouta has intensified in the last two days. An area under siege for four years is now on the brink of disaster. Civilians are suffering from malnutrition, lack of access to medical care, and violence.Protection of Civilians, Middle East
17-11-2017 Three community leaders in Colombia’s Cesar mining region have been threatened with physical harm. All three recently made public statements aired in Europe and on the internet calling on mining companies to start a dialogue with victims of paramilitary violence in Cesar. PAX is concerned about their safety, and calls on the Colombian government and relevant companies to take action.Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights, Colombia
16-11-2017 Pope Francis has condemned not only the use of nuclear weapons, but their very possession.
07-11-2017 European energy giant Nuon-Vattenfall requires that mining companies take concrete steps towards a reconciliation dialogue concerning past human rights violations. This clear recommendation is made in a report on the human rights situation in the coal mining region in Colombia which was published today. In the report Vattenfall also makes clear that it is prepared to suspend its coal imports if mining companies do not take concrete actions.Dealing with the Past, Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights, Colombia