Nagasaki Bomb, Photo courtesy of WIkiCommons.
The number of countries demanding the elimination of nuclear weapons as a humanitarian imperative has recently grown to 80.
A joint statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons was released on behalf of many delegations to the 2013 Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in Geneva. This statement discusses critiques of the NPT for ignoring the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons as a global concern.
The joint statement concluded that:
“It is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again, under any circumstances… The only way to guarantee that nuclear weapons will never be used again is through their total elimination.”
As of recent, none of the states known as “nuclear-weapon states”* have signed the statement – United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. Nevertheless, four NATO countries that are members of a nuclear alliance with the United States – Denmark, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Norway – did sign.
The States signing onto this new appeal (not all of them yet listed on the printed version posted to the RCW website) are: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen and Zambia.
It’s time some of the leading countries with nuclear power consider taking a stride towards a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Story courtesy of http://peaceandhealthblog.com/2013/04/24/74-npt-states-issue-humanitarian-appeal-for-abolition/