There are likely not many of us know that in last December the Nobel Peace Prize was won by the Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Also, with the support of the majority of world states, a Nuclear Ban Treaty was introduced. In July2017.
At the Ceremony in Oslo, Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of Hiroshima said from the podium: “I saw all around me devastation – a procession of ghostly figures shuffled by, grotesquely wounded people, bleeding, burned, blackened and swollen.” From Nagasaki and Hiroshima there are fewer people now alive to give a first-hand account of what it was really like. Nuclear bombs today are many times more powerful and utterly more devastating. In one strike there would not be any emergency services left, capable of responding.
Any use of Nuclear weapons is contrary to the principles of international law. They are by their existence a threat to global humanity. The UK and other nations possessing nuclear weapons opposed the treaty. Our own UK government holds that after Brexit, we shall need to retain our nuclear weapons, to ensure we have an active engagement in world affairs. What a miserable state of affairs that this is being regarded as a bargaining point for the UK to be at the world peace table.
China has made it quite clear that it wants to see North Korea dismantle its nuclear weapons capacity. We can only really diminish the stockpiles of nuclear weapons everywhere when all nations are prepared to enter into comprehensive treaties for multi-lateral disarmament.
UNA Shropshire branch unanimously agreed to align ourselves with the campaign to urge our government to use its influence to call all nations to enter into that dialogue. Around the world we are seeing the most promising disarmament initiative for more than 2 decades. The climate is better now for humans everywhere to urge all governments to make nuclear weapons illegal.
We would be interested in learning from others who share our hope that this may happen in our lifetime. We will be calling all the 100 branches in the UK to similarly align with the Campaign for multi-lateral nuclear disarmament.