The Arms Control Association, a prominent Washington, DC-based group promoting arms control policies, has announced the finalists for its annual Arms Control Person of the Year award.
One of the finalists is the government of the Marshall Islands and its former Foreign Minister Tony de Brum, “for pursuing a formal legal case in the International Court of Justice in The Hague against the world’s nuclear-armed states for their failure to initiate nuclear disarmament negotiations in violation of Article VI of the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law.”
The courage and foresight demonstrated by the Marshall Islands in filing these cases is unparalleled. And let’s not forget that the Marshall Islands’ case against the United States is still active. Receiving this award would help bring added attention to this ongoing effort in U.S. Federal Court. The Marshall Islands’ sustained effort to bring these issues to the highest judicial forums deserves strong recognition.
You are encouraged to submit your vote for the Marshall Islands in this year’s contest, and to ask your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. Voting is open now through January 5, 2017, at this link: https://www.armscontrol.org/acpoy.
The Arms Control Association is a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.
Since 2007, the Association’s staff and Board of Directors has nominated individuals and institutions that have advanced effective arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament solutions or raised awareness of the threats posed by mass casualty weapons. A full list of previous winners is available here.
Each of this year’s nominees has, in their own way, provided leadership to help reduce weapons-related security threats.