met in Nagasaki, a city that suffered an atomic bomb attack 72 years ago, to call
on the world’s governments to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear
Weapons as a first step towards completely eliminating nuclear weapons.
two cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were annihilated in an instant by the
atomic bombings, which took the lives of about 210,000 people by the end of the
year. Those who barely survived had their hometowns burnt down, had to endure
emotional damage from the loss of their loved ones and have suffered from
various aftereffects from exposure to A-bomb radiation. Further, they were
forced to live in economic and social hardships. But the Hibakusha have expressed
the lofty determination to live, saying “Thus, we have reassured our will to
save humanity from its crisis through the lessons learned from our experiences,
while at the same time saving ourselves,” (*) and they have continued
to call for “No more Hiroshimas or Nagasakis.”
wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of the treaty, which meets this aspiration.
The treaty, mindful of the unacceptable suffering and harm caused to the
victims by the use of nuclear weapons (Hibakusha), makes provision to support the
Hibakusha and recognizes the role of the Hibakusha and civil society in calling
for the abolition of nuclear weapons. We urge the world’s governments to act on
this humanitarian position.
as the treaty recalls the first resolution of the UN General Assembly, the elimination
of nuclear weapons is a task that marked the start of the United Nations and
postwar international politics. The realization of a world without nuclear
weapons is essential for equally providing all countries and their people with
peace and security.
outlaws nuclear weapons on the grounds of principles of international law and
prohibits any activities linked to such weapons. It also opens the way for the
states possessing nuclear weapons to join the treaty and suggests a framework
whereby nuclear weapon states can work to achieve a complete elimination of nuclear
weapons. This has been made possible thanks to the reason and intelligence
demonstrated by people in many countries. We call on all governments to fulfill
their responsibilities in line with reason and law.
September 20, the treaty will be open for signature to all states. We request
that your government swiftly sign and ratify the treaty.
members of civil society that helped produce this treaty, and also as a
movement in the only A-bombed country, we are determined to work to fulfill our
duties, in cooperation with the United Nations as well as governments that
share the objective.
(*) From the “Message to the
World”, the founding declaration of the Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb
Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo) in 1956