As the Hibakusha (survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) state in their 2016 international appeal for the elimination of nuclear weapons, which has gathered millions of signatures worldwide, “Today, humanity stands at a crossroads. Either we save our blue planet as it is, with all its living things, or we are heading for self-destruction. Nuclear weapons could wipe out the human species, as well as all other living creatures. They could destroy the environment and turn the earth into a dead planet.
All over the world and in France, actions are being set up as part of the wave of peace launched by the hibakushas (Hiroshima survivors) which will take place between 6 August and 9 August 2021.
The Mouvement de la Paix, which is directly associated with this wave of peace within the framework of a partnership with the Japanese committee against A and H bombs (Gensuiko), will participate in the world conference against A and H bombs organised from Hiroshima on 6 August and will ensure the promotion of this world wave for peace by developing numerous actions throughout France demanding that France respects its international commitments, in particular the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The NPT stipulates that the signatory states “Desiring to promote international détente and confidence-building among States in order to facilitate the cessation of the manufacture of nuclear weapons the liquidation of all existing stocks of such weapons and the elimination of nuclear weapons and their means of delivery from national arsenals by means of a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control” “Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control (Article 6)”.
France’s pursuit of programmes to build new nuclear weapons and the continuation of nuclear laboratory tests are violations of the NPT.
The entry into force on 22 January 2021 of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), drawn up in application of Article 6 of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty signed by France), opens the way to a new period of mobilisation necessary to win the total and definitive elimination of these weapons of mass destruction and to obtain that France adheres to the NPT in order to finally respect its international commitments in terms of nuclear disarmament.
On this occasion, the Mouvement de la paix sent to each of the 925 members of the French Parliament a plea to the parliamentarians to act for the respect of France’s commitments in terms of nuclear disarmament.
In September 2021, the Peace Movement will contribute to the success of the International Day of Peace and to the marches on Saturday 25 September “for peace, nuclear disarmament and climate, for social justice and human rights” organised at the call of the national collective of the Marches for Peace in the framework of the United Nations International Day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
The Peace Movement
30 July 2021