We are a broad group of UK civil society organisations, faith groups, academics and scientists. We write today to urge you to send UK diplomats to observe the First Meeting of States Parties of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), taking place in Vienna from 21-23 June 2022. We also call on the UK to attend the associated Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Austrian Government on 20 June. By doing so, the UK would be building on its participation in the original Vienna conference on this issue in 2014.
AOAV is one of eleven civil society organisations that are asking for more to be done to ensure accountability and transparency in the protection of civilians during conflict. A 2021 report by the New York Times revealed critical failures by Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) to prevent, respond to, and be held accountable for civilian harm in Iraq and Syria. These developments need to have important implications for the way the UK approaches civilian
Ahead of the upcoming Queen’s Speech, on 10 May, when plans to repeal and replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) are expected to be announced, AOAV and over 50 other human rights organisations have signed a letter in an urgent appeal to the Prime Minister. The letter warns that repealing the Act will have dire and widespread consequences for the UK, both domestically and internationally.