Anti-war

CND's core strategic objectives include campaigning for the 'Prevention and cessation of wars in which the nuclear weapons of Britain or other countries might be used.'

Since 2001, CND has opposed the US's so-called 'war on terror' and backed solutions to conflict and complex problems based on dialogue and justice. CND's Annual Conference took place just a few days after the terrible atrocities of September 11th and the conference was overwhelmingly united in condemning the terrorism, but also in condemning state terrorism. CND's view was that the criminals who perpetrated the crime should be brought to justice, but we completely opposed plans to launch a NATO-led military attack on Afghanistan in response. The deaths of thousands of innocent Afghani civilians have not been a just response and neither they nor the continuing war on that country have provided a solution to any problem facing Afghanistan or the wider international community.

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In the forefront

Since that time, CND has been in the forefront of anti-war campaigning, working closely on these issues with its allies in the Stop the War Coalition, the Muslim Association of Britain and the British Muslim Initiative. Together we have organised dozens of national demonstrations against war and occupation. CND has also linked with peace and anti-war campaigns internationally, to coordinate international opposition - such as the global day of action against war on Iraq on 15th February 2003. Up to two million people were mobilised in the UK on that day, and millions more around the world.

The war on Iraq - legal initiatives

CND took a strong position against the war on Iraq and worked with a top-flight legal team which, among other things, took the government to court to ask for an advisory opinion on the legality of using Resolution 1441 as a pretext for war. CND believed that war crimes were committed in Iraq, and we sought to bring those responsible to justice. Read more about our work here.

Drones: the new weapons of war

CND is increasingly concerned about drone attacks killing innocent people and promoting conflict. They are currently being used for targeted killings and surveillance in six countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Somalia. The US is the main user but the UK is following its lead without public debate or consultation. New Watchkeeper drones have been tested at Parc Aberporth in Wales and will cost the UK nearly £1 billion. British 'pilots' based in Nevada fly Reaper drones in Afghanistan but soon these will mainly be controlled from RAF Waddington, near Lincoln. NATO and other countries are also buying into the technology.

Thousands of people have been assassinated by drones with no chance to make a case for their innocence or lives. Some sources suggest that a third to a half of all casualties from drones strikes are civilians who are caught up in the attacks, including hundreds of children. As there is no risk to the 'pilots' controlling the drones thousands of miles from those they are killing, a violent attack is more likely to occur than peaceful negotiation and dialogue. In the future, drones may become even more dangerous: they may be able to make their own decisions without human control, they might be nuclear-powered, and future drone bombers may even carry nuclear weapons.

See the Drone Campaign Network and Drone Wars UK websites for more information.


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We work to oppose any attacks on Iran. We do not believe that military interventions, which overwhelmingly affect innocent civilians, are the right way to deal with complex regional problems, or with concerns about potential nuclear proliferation. We support UN resolutions – over many decades – calling for a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.

CND welcomes a report by the Scientists for Global Responsibility emphasising the danger of military action: the report explains that a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would kill large numbers of civilians, result in regional war, and incite Iran to withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and ensure their acquisition of nuclear weapons.