15 October 2019, The Tablet

Bruce Kent honoured with peace award

Bruce Kent has throughout his life campaigned tirelessly for the cause of peace and nuclear disarmament

Bruce Kent honoured with peace award

Bruce Kent pictured earlier this year on the Ash Wednesday Walk of Witness
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Bruce Kent, Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, will receive the 2019 International Peace Bureau (IPB) Sean MacBride Peace Award this weekend.

The prize ceremony is being held on 19 October at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London. He told The Tablet this week: "It reminds me of Sean MacBride, whom I knew in his later years – a man who was absolutely devoted to building a more peaceful world; it is a great honour to be given this award in his name."

Kent is an internationally known peace activist who, even in his 90th year, remains an active campaigner for peace. He was one of the main speakers at the huge march and demonstration against nuclear weapons in London in 2016 and attends the annual Ash Wednesday Pax Christi witness against nuclear weapons.

Just last week, he joined Extinction Rebellion at London’s Ministry of Defence to urge that expenditure on updating Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons be cancelled and to highlight the link between militarism and climate change. Kent was IPB President from 1985 till 1992 and, according to the IPB “has been an inspiration to so many people of all ages in the UK and elsewhere”. The Prize is a non-monetary one, consisting of a commemorative medal.

Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985, launched the MacBride Appeal against Nuclear Weapons, which gathered the names of over 11,000 international lawyers from all parts of the world, many of them at the very highest level. This effort paved the way for the World Court Project on nuclear weapons, in which IPB played a major role. This resulted in the historic 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Use and Threat of Nuclear Weapons.

Bruce Kent was among those who took part in Ash Wednesday Witness earlier this year


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