Citizens Inspections: Authorisation
Authorisation for Citizens Inspections pursuant to the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Pursuant to International and Humanitarian Law, and particularly to the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and the 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons, We, the Undersigned, in discharging our responsibilities as Citizens of Countries which have signed and acceded to the NPT, do hereby authorise weapons inspections to be carried out on our behalf by voluntary teams of Citizens Inspectors.
In conformity with the Citizens Inspection Mandate (CWI/2003/CM.1), adopted on July 4, 2003, we authorise the Citizens Inspectors, to inspect, non-violently, declared and undeclared facilities suspected of violating obligations and agreements of international and humanitarian law, specifically the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, including consensus agreements adopted by States Parties on May 11, 1995 and on May 24-25, 2000, as contained in documents NPT/CONF.1995/32 (Part I), and NPT/CONF.2000/28 (Part I), in conformity also with the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons, as contained in United Nations General Assembly document A/51/218 (1996).
Of particular relevance for these Inspections, Document NPT/CONF.2000/28 (Part I) requires States Parties to comply with "An unequivocal undertaking by the nuclear weapon states to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals leading to nuclear disarmament"; "further reductions of non-strategic nuclear weapons"; a "diminishing role for nuclear weapons in security policies to minimise the risk that these weapons ever be used and to facilitate the process of their total elimination"; and commitments to the principles of transparency, irreversibility, verification and regular reporting.
Under the terms of their mandate, the Citizens Inspectors are authorised to inspect for evidence of the presence of nuclear bombs or nuclear weapons-related programmes or delivery vehicles, including evidence of continuing research, development, manufacture, production, testing, siting, deployment, training and exercise, use or threatened use of nuclear weapons. Information is to be gathered on the number and type of any nuclear weapons or nuclear weapon facilities; their provenance, ownership, controlling authority, condition and security measures; and the schedule for removing, dismantling, decommissioning, elimination or closure. Also centres of Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence are subject to inspections.
We expect and require that the civilian and military bodies responsible for the sites designated for Citizens Inspection will provide full cooperation with the Inspectors, enabling them to investigate premises and speak with personnel, as necessary in fulfilment of these Inspections, without let, hindrance, arrest or penalty.
In the interests of Transparency, Open and Accountable Government and the Responsibility of Citizens for ensuring Full Compliance with International Law, the Citizens Inspectors will make public their reports.
Groups who have signed the authorisation:
Century of the Child, USA
Ending War Foundation, USA
For Mother Earth, Belgium
For Mother Earth, Romania
AG Frieden Trier
GlobalCompliance Research Project
New Zealand Peace Council
Nuclear Free New York
Phoenix Angel, Belgium
Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team
Syrian National committe to boycott American products
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
WILPF, L.A. branch
World Congress of Youth, Algeria
World Court Project UK
Prominent individuals who have signed the authorisation:
Kate Holcombe, Weapons Inspector at USAF Fairford, England
Bijayanand Misra, Professor Emeritus & Consultant, New Delhi, India
Douglas Roche, Senator, Canada
Dr. Wolfgang Sternstein, Peace and conflict researcher, EUCOMmunity, Germany
Aaron Tovish, Disarmament Campaigner, Switzerland
Susan van der Hijden, Peace-worker and Plowshares activist, Göteborg, Sweden
Krista van Velzen, Member of Parliament, The Hague, the Netherlands
Hiromichi Umebayashi, President, Peace Depot, Japan
You can also send completed authorisation forms to:
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth Flanders & Brussels (formerly For Mother Earth) is a member of Friends of the Earth International