Hibakusha Appeal to End Nukes Now!

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PLEDGE TO WORK FOR A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD!

“So that the people from future generations will not have to experience hell on earth, we want to realize a world free of nuclear weapons while we are still alive.”

Join your voice with those of the Hibakusha to say “Never Again.”
Sign the petition for a new treaty to ban nuclear weapons below.

Hibakusha Earnestly Desire Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

At present, humanity stands at the crossroads of whether to save our blue planet with all living things on it as it is or to go along the road of self-destruction.

The two atomic bombs dropped on August 6th and 9th 1945 by the US forces totally destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an instant and killed and wounded hundreds of thousands of people without discrimination. With corpses charred black, bodies with their skins peeled off and with lines of people tottering in silence, a hell on earth emerged. Those who narrowly survived soon collapsed one after another. For more than 70 years since then, we have struggled to live on, afflicted by the delayed effects and by anxiety about the possible effects of radiation on our children and grandchildren. Never again do we want such tragedies to be repeated.

After 11 years of silence following the A-bomb suffering, Hibakusha assembled in Nagasaki in August 1956 and founded Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A-and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations. There we pledged that we would work to "save humanity from its crisis through the lessons learned from our experiences, while at the same time saving ourselves".

Since then we have continued appealing to the world that "there should never be another Hibakusha." This is the cry of our soul. Wars and conflicts are still going on in the world, and many lives of innocent people are lost. Nuclear weapons are being used to threaten others. There are also moves to develop new nuclear weapons. The destructive power of existing nuclear weapons, which number well over 10 thousand, amounts to that of tens of thousands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined. Nuclear weapons are the "weapons of the devil". They could wipe out the human race and all other creatures. They could destroy the environment and turn the globe into a dead planet.

Human beings have prohibited the use, development, production, and possession of biological and chemical weapons by treaties and protocols. Why do we hesitate to prohibit nuclear weapons, which are far more destructive than these weapons?

We, the Hibakusha, call on all State Governments to conclude a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. The average age of the Hibakusha now exceeds 80. It is our strong ' desire to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world in our lifetime so that succeeding generations of people will not see hell on earth ever again.

You, your families and relatives, or any other people should not be made Hibakusha again. We believe that your signatures appended to this appeal will add up to the voices of hundreds of millions of people around the world and move international politics. They will finally save the future of our blue planet and all life on it. We earnestly appeal to you to append your signature to this petition.

April 2016

Initial Proposers of the Appeal:
Sunao Tsuboi, Sumiteru Taniguchi and Mikiso Iwasa, Co-Chairpersons, Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)
Terumi Tanaka, Secretary General, Hidankyo
Kwak Kwi Hoon, Honorary Chairman, Korean Association of Atomic Bomb Victims
Tsukasa Mukai, President, US Association of Atomic Bomb Victims
Takashi Morita, President, Associacao Hibakusha Brasil Pela Paz
Setsuko Thurlow, Hibakusha of Hiroshima, Toronto,Canada
Yasuaki Yamashita, Hibakusha of Nagasaki, Mexico City, Mexico

International Signature Campaign in Support of the Appeal of the Hibakusha for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Earnestly desiring the elimination of nuclear weapons without delay, we, the Hibakusha, call on all State Governments to conclude a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

I, the undersigned, hereby support the Appeal of the Hibakusha.

NOTE:
After the launch of the International Signature Campaign in April 2016, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on July 7, 2017. This Campaign now calls on all State Governments to join the Treaty and achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Who's signing

Katrina Flower
Liv Haugland
Remy Bassett-Audain
peggy kanada
Yasufumi Sanada
Hitomi Unno
Kate Hino-Mitchell
Karen Hendrickson
Susan Hebson
Trine Pejstrup
Donna Haraway
Dimity Hawkins
Leigh Pruden
Barbara Tittyle
David Rothauser
Bobbie Paul
Summer Jarosky
Helga Oswald
barry mendel
Steve Kolak
Georgina Wong
Suze Rutherford
Ellen Ferranti
Chad Hale
Brandon Whitehead
Taku Nishimae
Ekaterina Michonova
Philip Szmedra
James Halstead
9,400,411 SIGNATURES
100,000,000 signatures

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  • Katrina Flower
    signed 2019-04-09 20:49:58 -0400
  • Liv Haugland
    signed 2019-04-08 23:19:31 -0400
    Thank you for taking the lead in such a vital matter.
  • Remy Bassett-Audain
    signed 2019-04-08 17:28:07 -0400
  • peggy kanada
    signed 2019-04-07 21:04:34 -0400
  • Yasufumi Sanada
    signed 2019-04-06 20:30:56 -0400
  • Hitomi Unno
    signed 2019-04-06 02:17:29 -0400
  • Kate Hino-Mitchell
    signed 2019-04-06 02:10:25 -0400
  • Karen Hendrickson
    signed 2019-04-05 23:29:11 -0400
  • Susan Hebson
    signed 2019-04-05 19:31:36 -0400
  • Trine Pejstrup
    signed 2019-04-05 16:18:45 -0400
  • Donna Haraway
    signed 2019-04-05 13:50:26 -0400
  • Dimity Hawkins
    signed 2019-04-05 12:52:09 -0400
  • Leigh Pruden
    signed 2019-04-05 12:51:14 -0400
  • Barbara Tittyle
    signed via 2019-04-05 11:43:24 -0400
  • David Rothauser
    signed 2019-04-05 08:54:54 -0400
  • Bobbie Paul
    signed 2019-04-05 08:49:51 -0400
  • Summer Jarosky
    signed 2019-04-05 08:47:31 -0400
  • Helga Oswald
    signed 2019-04-05 07:35:21 -0400
  • barry mendel
    signed 2019-04-05 06:30:38 -0400
  • Steve Kolak
    signed 2019-04-05 05:20:47 -0400
    It was said that World War I would be the war to end all wars. Chemical weapons that wreaked untold suffering during that war was so horrific that the Geneva Protocol was enacted which outlawed their use and possession.


    Tragically, the next world war broke out a mere 2 decades later. World War II witnessed the use of 2 atomic bombs dropped upon humanity and the unspeakable horror of nuclear annihilation. It is terribly regrettable that an international law commensurate to the Geneva Protocol was not enacted to totally outlaw nuclear weapons. Over 7 decades have passed since the nuclear holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, the threat of these ultimate weapons of mass destruction looms as great as ever. The number of countries in the world possessing nuclear weapons has increased to 9. 15,000 nuclear weapons (many, a thousand times more powerful than the ones used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) are scattered throughout the world threatening the existence of our human family. And the insane voices of using them during times of conflict and war has even advocated by some leaders who could unleash them.


    Hiroshima and Nagasaki have followed the lead of the Hibakusha who warn the world about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to humanity. Sadly, the Hibakusha’s cherished aspiration of seeing nuclear weapons eliminated from the face of earth is yet to be fulfilled. An Hibakusha who gave a testimony at the Hiroshima YMCA International Youth Peace Seminar closed his presentation by saying, “As long as I have breath left, I’ll keep telling my story. Let’s all join hands together and do everything we can to build a peaceful world free from nuclear weapons where everyone can live safe and happy lives.”


    Near Hiroshima is the World Heritage Site of Miyajima Island. It is a stunning place of beauty and ancient Japanese culture. On the top of the mountain is the Eternal Fire which has been kept for 1,200 years by Buddhist monks. A flame from that ancient fire was placed in Hiroshima Peace Park in 1964. The city of Hiroshima vows to work for the total abolition of nuclear weapons and will keep that flame continuously burning until every nuclear weapon has been abolished. This can only be realized by people around the world uniting and acting together. Let us all strive together so that one day that flame can be extinguished. And then let us rejoice in relighting it as a symbol of humanity’s will to overcome evil with peace.


    Each of us must play a significant role to realize the fervent appeal and hope of the Hibakusha – that nuclear weapons be abolished from the face of the earth and that humanity lives in Peace.
  • Georgina Wong
    signed 2019-04-05 04:31:16 -0400
  • Suze Rutherford
    signed via 2019-04-05 02:13:57 -0400
  • Ellen Ferranti
    signed 2019-04-04 23:37:13 -0400
  • Chad Hale
    signed 2019-04-04 18:02:37 -0400
  • Brandon Whitehead
    signed 2019-04-04 17:32:07 -0400
  • Taku Nishimae
    @Takunishimae tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-04 17:07:45 -0400
    Sign the petition: Hibakusha Appeal to End Nukes Now! https://www.peacinstitute.org/endnukesnow?recruiter_id=11
  • Taku Nishimae
    signed 2019-04-04 17:07:21 -0400
    HI Steve, I’ve got all of our collaborators in NY willing to help this drive. Let’s talk!
  • Ekaterina Michonova
    signed 2019-04-04 17:01:39 -0400
  • Philip Szmedra
    signed 2019-04-04 16:51:39 -0400
  • James Halstead
    signed 2019-04-04 14:29:03 -0400

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