On 6 August 67 years ago, an atomic-bomb attack by the United States devastated the city of Hiroshima and turned it into a hell on earth. The Hibakusha, A-bomb sufferers are still tormented by pain in their bodies and minds that affects their livelihood.
The use of nuclear weapons is a crime against humanity. Nuclear weapons should be banned and eliminated without delay.
Meanwhile, while suffering from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident continue, citizens’ voices and actions for zero nuclear power plants are reaching a groundswell in Japan. Movements to protect lives, livelihoods and peace are also developing nationwide. Grasping this momentum, it is time for us to carry forward the movement to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.
The call for the start of negotiations on a convention banning nuclear weapons is now echoing in the arena of international politics. The signatures we have collected so far are displayed in the United Nations headquarters as a symbol of world public opinion. In response to our call, an increasing number of governments is strengthening efforts to achieve a ban on nuclear weapons, focusing on their inhumanity. It is high time for us to take further actions to realize the abolition of nuclear weapons.
With the aim being set at the coming session of the United Nations General Assembly this fall as well as the next Preparatory Committee to the 2015 NPT Review Conference, let us develop the signature campaign in support of the Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons more broadly, involving whole communities including local governments.
Together with the Hibakusha, let us organize A-bomb photo exhibitions in many more places to make known to a wider range of people the damage of the atomic bombings and the cruelty of nuclear weapons. We can never allow any underestimation of the A-bomb damage. We demand a drastic improvement of the relief measures for the Hibakusha and state compensation. Let us further strengthen activities for support and solidarity with the Hibakusha.
We urge the Japanese government to play a role becoming that of the world’s only A-bombed country on the task of abolishing nuclear weapons. To this end, it should scrap its secret nuclear agreement with the U.S., observe the “Three Non-Nuclear Principles” strictly, and break away from the nuclear umbrella.
Further, let us develop the movements in Okinawa and all over Japan to stop the planned deployment of Ospreys. We demand the removal of Futenma Air Base and all other U.S. military bases stationed in Japan. Let us oppose the deployment and port calls of nuclear warships and broaden the campaign to defend and honor Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.
Let us deepen solidarity with the movements for zero nuclear power plants, sharing one common desire of no more radiation damage. We will study and discuss with a broad range of people about the relationship between nuclear weapons and nuclear power, the damage of radiation, and the inhuman nature of the use of nuclear energy for military purposes.
The cause of the nuclear accident and where its responsibility lies should be made clear. We will work for the provision of compensation and health monitoring for the sufferers, and for cleanup and rehabilitation of the affected areas. Let us develop cooperation and joint efforts for a shift from depending on nuclear energy to the use of renewable energy.
Now is the time for us to join hands with citizens, local and national governments and the United Nations to open the door to a world without nuclear weapons.
August 6, 2012
2012 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs – Hiroshima