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Milestones

Some milestones from our history

2017
ICAN, International Campaign to Abolish Nucelar Weapons, is awarded the Nobel Peace Price. SPAS is part of the campaign and has acted against nuclear weapons since the 1950:s.

2015
The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) had acted against the far-reaching military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia since it was signed in November 2005. In March 2015, the government declared that it will terminate the contract.

2013
SPAS is part of the international network Control Arms and acted for an international arms trade. On April 2, 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted  the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It is the first international agreement that regulates trade in conventional arms. It entered into force on Christmas Eve 2014 when 50 states had ratified the agreement. 

2011
SPAS campaign for democracy criterion for arms exports and against arms exports to dictatorships achieved a partial victory when the parliament in 2011 decided to tighten export controls over non-democratic states. A year later, an investigation started with the aim to sharpen the guidelines. It was completed June 26, 2015.  

2008
The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) runs the Swedish section of the global campaign against cluster munitions which in December reaches its goal of a total ban on cluster munitions.

1997
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines receives the Nobel Peace Prize. SPAS formed the Swedish section of the campaign in 1992.

1995
As a reaction to the war in Chechnya, SPAS protests against the war outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm and engages in cooperation with the Russian Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers.

1984
SPAS reveals illegal arms deliveries from the Swedish company Bofors. This is followed by a public debate on illegal as well as legal arms trade which infl uenced the government to adopt stricter export guidelines.

1958
The writer Per Anders Fogelström (president of SPAS 1963-77) takes, together with others prominent in Sweden’s cultural life, the initiative to a campaign against Swedish nuclear arms. Th e campaign challenged ideas among some Swedish military and politicians to build a Swedish A-bomb. In 1968, Sweden fi nally joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

1920
Sweden adopts its fi rst law to provide an alternative service for conscientious objectors.

1905
Norway breaks out of the union with Sweden. Th ere were discussions within Swedish society and the military about using military force to prevent the Norwegians from leaving the union. But after campaigns by SPAS and others the dispute was solved peacefully. It was also decided that future disputes between Sweden and Norway should be solved by arbitration.

1883
Some 80 members of the Swedish parliament, mainly liberals, gather to form The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS). The meeting was a reaction to a proposal from the government to increase Sweden’s military spending.

Publicerad 2011-10-31