Three of Peace & Planet’s Japanese partner and other organizations here have launched an audacious campaign, a signature campaign titled “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons” for which they are seeking HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of petition signatures worldwide.
The goal is to add global force to the door that has opened toward nuclear weapons abolition by the United Nations Open Ended Working Group, whose draft report will be issued tomorrow, and which for the first time will lead to a U.N. process of nuclear weapons abolition negotiations.
I AM WRITING TO ASK THAT YOU SIGN, CIRCULATE AND OTHERWISE SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL PETITION CAMPAIGN which has been launched by the Japan Confederation of A- & H- Bomb Sufferers organizations. it is supported by a broad spectrum of Japanese disarmament and peace organizations.
In today’s World Conference rally Hibakusha from across Japan, South Korea and North Korea spoke about their hopes for the campaign, and Bui Lien Huong of the Vietnam Peace Committee presented more than 80,000 signatures they collected in Vietnam over the past two months.
The Vietnamese representative reported that they have already collected 70,000 signatures
You will find the petition at:www.antiatom.org/sig-press/ (in several languages).
Please sign the petition. Please share it via social media, and print out copies for use in Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day commemorations and through the coming year.
In our lifetime!
Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons
In August 1945, two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki instantly turned the two cities into ruins and took the lives of about 210 thousand people. Even now, more than 200,000 Hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors, are carrying with them scars. Their tragedy should not be repeated anywhere on earth.
The call for the elimination of nuclear weapons is becoming ever widespread across the world. Citizens are taking actions, and many governments are endeavoring to reach this goal. The surest guarantee against there being another Hiroshima, or Nagasaki, is a total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons.
In May 2010, the 189 parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including the Nuclear weapons States, agreed “to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”. Now is the time to act to accomplish it.
We call on all governments to enter negotiations without delay on a convention banning nuclear weapons.
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