the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The 75th General Assembly, Organizing Committee of the World Conference against A and H Bombs
February 12, 2015Give Back the Human
Give back my father, give back my mother;
Give grandpa back, grandma back;
Give my sons and daughters back.
Give me back myself,
Give back the human race.
As long as this life lasts, this life,
Give back peace
That will never end
From “Poems of the Atomic Bomb” by Toge Sankichi
We will soon commemorate the 70th summer of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. In these past years, the Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) have appealed for “No More Hibakushas” and made a steadfast call for a total ban on nuclear weapons. Their average age has now exceeded 80.
In the summer of 2015, in the same spirit with the Hibakusha’, we will convene the 2015 World Conference against A and H Bombs from August 2 to 9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the theme: “For a Nuclear Weapon-Free, Peaceful and Just World”. We sincerely call on all of you that wish for a nuclear weapon-free world to take part in and/or send your representatives to the Conference. We also ask you to send your support to, and take actions in solidarity with the World Conference.
The demand for the abolition of nuclear weapons has developed into the voice of an overwhelming majority of the world..
Prior to the 2015 NPT Review Conference (to be held coming April-May) where the implementation of the agreement to “achieve a world without nuclear weapons” will be called in question, the U.N. General Assembly last year adopted the resolutions calling for the start of negotiations on a convention banning and eliminating nuclear weapons and the implementation of the agreements reached at the 2010 NPT Review Conference with overwhelming majority support.
Joint statements and international conferences on humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and their call for abolition of them have increasingly obtained support and sympathy from an overwhelming majority of governments of the world.
The driving force of this worldwide trend is the opinion and actions of the people who wish for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Upholding the start of negotiations on a treaty to totally ban nuclear weapons as common aim, the anti-nuclear and peace movements of the world are strengthening actions in their respective countries and trying to rally the people’s desire in New York. Signature campaigns in solidarity with the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons” are being carried out in different parts of the world. In Japan, the number of signatures in support of the “Appeal” has now exceeded 5 million, including those of the heads of 60% of local municipalities, and is still rapidly increasing. In order to lead this momentum to achieving a nuclear weapon-free world, we call on all the people around the world to take and expand actions broadly.
In achieving a nuclear weapon-free world, the governments of the nuclear-armed states and their allies bear particularly heavy responsibility. Justifying nuclear weapons as “deterrence” or “guarantee of national security” is a violation of the U.N. Charter that prohibits the use or threat of force in settling international disputes, and blatant outrage on the agreement to “achieve peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” We must build up powerful public opinion to defeat the nuclear deterrence theory.
Japan, the only country to have suffered the damage of the A-bombing, has a special task and role to play in achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. Japanese government, however, is deepening its reliance on the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” on the premise of use of nuclear weapons in the name of “national security” and is trying to turning Japan to a “war-waging country” in the name of the “right to collective self-defense.” The move of the Japanese government clearly runs counter to the worldwide trend seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons and the basic principle of the Constitution of Japan.
Now is the time to build up public consensus of totally banning nuclear weapons in order to stop Abe government’s “runaway” politics and make it play its due role for achieving a total ban on nuclear weapons as the country having Article 9 in its constitution and the “Three Non-Nuclear Principles.”
The 2015 World Conference against A and H Bombs will be the place to unite the voices and actions of the peoples of the world for peace and against nuclear weapons. It will also be the place to strengthening joint effort and solidarity for those who work for the survival of humanity such as the representatives of national governments and public entities, local municipalities, civil society organizations and grass-roots movements. It will be an opportunity to exchange opinions and deepen solidarity among broad range of generations including those who bear the present and future of the world.
The World Conference will also be an opportunity to develop solidarity with movements for peace, life and welfare, such as those to defend Japan’s Constitution and oppose maneuvers to make Japan a war-waging country, Okinawa’s struggle to stop the construction of a new military base and to remove Futenma Base and the efforts to support the people affected by the disaster of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPP and achieve a shift to renewable energy policy in Japan. We must also develop solidarity with the worldwide movements against war and for peace, the conservation of global environment, support for nuclear victims, overcoming poverty and social disparity, etc.
We sincerely call on you to support and participate in the 2015 World Conference against A and H Bombs. In order to make it a historic conference, we will call on you to create a surge in such activities as collecting petitions towards the planned submission of them to the NPT Review Conference coming April and holding A-bomb exhibitions worldwide. We are determined to make a success of the forthcoming March 1 Bikini Day events in Yaizu, as well as the nationwide Peace March in the leadup to the World Conference. Let us start preparations in every community, workplaces and on school campuses of Japan and the rest of the world to make a great success of the 2015 World Conference which marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing.