Centre Delàs joins ICAN’s actions in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs
The Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau, as an active member of the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), is joins the series of actions organized for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the launch of the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We continue to work alongside ICAN campaign for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons to overcome the devastating human, ecological and social consequences derived from it.
On August 6 and 9, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the launch of the first atomic bombs in history, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. In the summer of 1945, at the end of World War II, the administration of Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, ordered the bombing of Japan with nuclear weapons. The human aftermath and political implications of this war movement were unimaginable: approximately 100,000 people died immediately after the explosion, another 60,000 were mortally wounded and a new era was beginning, the nuclear one, in which the US took the lead as a political and cultural superpower.
To avoid an event of similar magnitude, ICAN, an international campaign aimed at the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons, was founded in 2007. Under the guidelines of this campaign, civil society around the world is moving to promote governmental adherence to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which has now been ratified by 40 countries (see the list of signatory countries at http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/tpnw). The good work done by this campaign meant that in 2017 it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons“.
Last year, the nearly 550 ICAN partner organizations promoted actions in 103 countries. This year, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we join ICAN’s call for action. The campaign launched a website for civil society to show commitment to honor the survivors and remembrance of the victims and to join in the struggle to achieve the prohibition of nuclear weapons (https://rise.icanw.org/)
In addition, they have organized a series of commemorative actions:
- Live tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (on-line): July 22, 2020 11:30 AM – ICAN’s Instagram
- Hear the Voices of the Survivors: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years on – Mr. Takashi MORITA (webinar on-line): July 23, 2020 14:00 PM
- Live tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum: July 24, 2020 11:30 AM – ICAN’s Instagram
- Hear the Voices of the Survivors: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years on – Mr. LEE Jongkeun (webinar on-line): July 31, 2020 9:00 AM
- 75 years after Hiroshima – the need for new steps to disarmament (webinar on-line): August 6, 2020 03:00 PM
- Never Again Hiroshima (Facebook event): August 6, 2020 20:00 PM
- 75 years later is now: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & the ending of the Nuclear Threat (on-line): August 6, 2020 03:00 AM
- “The Vow From Hiroshima” 24 hours screening (on-line): August 9, 2020 18:00 PM
For more information on the activities organised by ICAN, please consult their website https://www.icanw.org/events.