Hiroshima nuclear bombing commemorations tomorrow

This video from Britain says about itself:

6 August 2015

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn called for a nuclear free world at the annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration in London, Thursday, demanding that Britain discontinue its Trident nuclear programme.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday 5th August 2016

THE 71st anniversary of the US dropping a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima will be marked by events across Britain and the world tomorrow.

The 1945 attack killed an estimated 200,000 people.

More than 20 towns and cities across Britain will stage commemorations, including “peace tents” and vigils.

Every year, events are held across the world for the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and as part of the fight for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Many of the ceremonies involve members of the international Mayors for Peace organisation.

The organisation is supported by 7,095 mayors around the world, including those of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They have issued an open letter to the UN calling for progress on nuclear disarmament.

4 thoughts on “Hiroshima nuclear bombing commemorations tomorrow

  1. Saturday 6th August 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    To mark Hiroshima Day, MAYORS FOR PEACE issue a statement on the lack of progress towards disarmament

    WE, Mayors for Peace, are writing to voice our strong support for the work of the UN general assembly’s open-ended working group on taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations, which will resume its deliberations in Geneva on August 5.

    We wish to commend all participating delegations for their contributions to previous sessions of this group.

    These efforts have helped to keep nuclear disarmament high on the international agenda, exactly where it belongs.

    We believe that the working group’s mandate of addressing “concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions and norms that will need to be concluded to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons” is timely, well advised, and clearly in the interest of all humanity.

    As mayors, we understand well the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of any nuclear weapons, especially on cities.

    We believe any such use would constitute a gross violation of international humanitarian law and a crime against humanity.

    We are deeply concerned that cities would likely be targets in any future nuclear war and that no such city could conceivably be prepared to respond to the humanitarian, economic and environmental consequences of such an attack.

    While we wish to commend the UN general assembly and the states parties to the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) for their longstanding efforts to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenals as the step toward a world without nuclear weapons, we are dismayed that nuclear disarmament negotiations have not taken place, despite the legal obligation in the NPT — which entered into force 46 years ago — to undertake such negotiations in good faith.

    The lack of such negotiations, coupled with lavishly funded nuclear weapons modernisation programmes in all states that possess such weapons, does not suggest to us any serious commitment to advance the cause of global nuclear disarmament.

    Our cities are not only at risk of a catastrophic nuclear attack, but they are suffering due to the loss of huge economic and financial resources that have been diverted by weapons programmes away from meeting basic human needs of our cities and citizens everywhere.

    This is why the work of this working group is so important.

    We hope that the outcome of its August session will mark a significant new turning point bringing the world closer to achieving a legal prohibition of nuclear weapons.

    This is a cause that deserves the support of all UN member states and all members of civil society, in all states.

    We warmly welcome the recent visit to Hiroshima by President Barack Obama and his sincere and eloquent words concerning the tragic humanitarian consequences of war and the use of nuclear weapons.

    The Obama administration’s reported plan to change its nuclear strategy that includes the adoption of a “no-first-use” policy could be a significant step toward a world without nuclear weapons and we sincerely hope that the change will lead our world closer to nuclear disarmament.

    It is also our hope that all the world’s leaders will visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to listen to the moving testimonies of the survivors of those tragic attacks.

    We are proud that our current membership has risen to 7,095 cities in 161 countries and regions, representing a combined population of over a billion people.

    We are determined to continue to expand our efforts for nuclear disarmament until the day when it is finally achieved.

    On that day, our fellow citizens everywhere will no longer live in fear under the dark nuclear cloud and they will have new resources available to address the real needs of their communities.

    We note that the city motto of Geneva is “Out of darkness, light” (post tenebras lux) and hope that when the working group concludes its work in August, this will be its motto as well.

    For the sake of our own and future generations, may the participating delegations light the way to a world free of nuclear weapons.

    Mayors for Peace, President Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan Vice-President Mayor of Nagasaki. Lord Mayor of Hannover, Germany Vice-President; Mayor of Volgograd, Russia Vice-President; Mayor of Malakoff, France Vice-President; Mayor of Muntinlupa, Philippines Vice-President; Lord Mayor of Manchester, UK Vice-President; Mayor of Akron, US Vice-President; Mayor of Ypres, Belgium Vice-President; Mayor of Biograd na Moru, Croatia Vice-President; Mayor of Granollers, Spain Vice-President; Mayor of Halabja, Iraq Vice-President; Mayor of Brussels, Belgium Vice-President; Mayor of Fongo-Tongo, Cameroon Vice-President; Mayor of Mexico City, Mexico Vice-President; Mayor of Frogn, Norway; Executive Governor of Bangkok, Thailand; Executive Mayor of Fremantle, Australia; Executive Mayor of Semey, Kazakhstan; Executive Mayor of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Executive Mayor of Cochin, India; Executive Mayor of Montreal, Canada; Executive Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand; Executive Mayor of Santos, Brazil; Executive Mayor of Cartago, Costa Rica; Executive Mayor of Bogota, Colombia; Executive Mayor of Des Moines, US



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