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Letter from Nagasaki to All Governments

Nagasaki Resolution, 2016 World Conference against A and H Bombs

        Assembled in the A-bombed city of Nagasaki on August 9, 2016, we appeal with Hibakusha, the A-bomb sufferers, to all governments to take action to achieve “a world without nuclear weapons” without delay.

        Seventy-one years ago, two atomic weapons of mass destruction were used for the first time against humans. With indescribably cruel effects, they claimed the lives of about 210,000 people by the end of that year. The use of nuclear weapons is a crime against humanity, which should never ever be repeated.

        The Hibakusha who barely survived the calamities were further tormented by diseases, wounds, anxiety and anguish. In the midst of this hardship, however, they refused to indulge in hatred or reprisal, but resolved to work to “save the world” (the founding declaration of the Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers’ Organizations, 1956). They have since devoted the rest of their lives to achieving “a world without nuclear weapons.” Their struggle has given courage to many millions of people, and impelled world leaders to act. The voices in favor of focusing on the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons now prevail in international politics. We urge leaders throughout the world to visit the A-bombed cities to face the truth of the damage caused by nuclear weapons.

        There are still more than 15,000 nuclear warheads in the world. The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons are never used again is through their total elimination.
        In the current session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) of the United Nations in Geneva, a majority of States called for legally binding measures, such as a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, and a proposal for the UN General Assembly to convene a conference in 2017 to negotiate an instrument to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons is supported by many countries. These are what civil society around the world, both in nuclear weapons and non-nuclear weapons states, with the Hibakusha in the forefront, have long appealed for.
        We sincerely hope that on the basis of the discussions of the Open-ended Working Group, the coming 71st Session of the UN General Assembly will make an epoch-making decision to open the door to a world without nuclear weapons.

        The average age of the Hibakusha now exceeds 80.  They appeal that there should never be another Hiroshima or Nagasaki anywhere on earth, that there should not be another Hibakusha, and therefore that nuclear weapons should be eliminated in their lifetime.
        We cordially request your Government to give heed to the appeal of the Hibakusha and take bold steps by undertaking the following actions.

        - Make every effort for the commencement of negotiations for a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons and make the nuclear disarmament deliberation this coming autumn at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly a decisive turning point towards the achievement of this goal:
        - Ensure that political leaders deepen their awareness of the inhumane consequences of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by listening to Hibakusha and using photo-panels; and make widely known to the people the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons.

        We sincerely hope that responding to the intense desire of the Hibakusha that “Nagasaki be the last victim of nuclear weapons”, you, Government leaders, will join hands with us civil society movements to open the road to a “Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World”.

August 9, 2016
2016 World Conference against A and H Bombs - Nagasaki