Entry into force of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty on Friday 22 January 2021

Interview with Roland NIVET co-national spokesman of the French Peace Movement (Le Mouvement de la Paix) and one of the animators of the National Collective “En marche pour la Paix”.

Rennes: meeting with the citizens of the Republic.

On Friday 22 January 2021, as in many other cities in France and around the world, rallies, parties and meeting points with the population took place to celebrate the entry into force of the Nuclear Weapons Treaty…
On 21 January, Roland Nivet, as national co-spokesman of the Peace Movement and one of the leaders of the national collective “En marche pour la paix”, demonstrated in Paris near the National Assembly and at the embassies of the main nuclear powers that are permanent members of the Security Council (USA, Russia, Great Britain, China).
In Rennes on 22 January, while he was participating in a meeting point with the population, he was interviewed by Ibn TV.

Today is January 22, 2021. It is the day on which the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, which was adopted at the United Nations on 7 July 1017, entered into force.
It was voted by 125 states at the United Nations General Assembly, then signed by 86 and ratified by 51 states. It becomes international law and definitively establishes the illegality of nuclear weapons; it also creates a tool to move towards their elimination.
Today we have three objectives:
To mark that this victory is the result of the struggles led since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, since the appeal of Albert Camus, since the appeal of Stockholm, it is the culmination of all the demonstrations that have taken place in the world.
Yesterday I was in Paris, messages were sent to us by the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who for three years have been collecting petitions for this treaty to come into force.
They have obtained nearly 2 million signatures worldwide.
So the first objective is to celebrate the victory of the peoples who have united to obtain this treaty.
The second objective is to target the responsibilities
We celebrate a victory, a result, it is a point of arrival, a victory, but it is also the starting point of another process in which we have to fight.
Fight against whom? Essentially against the nine powers that have nuclear weapons and in particular the five powers of the Security Council.
Yesterday we were in a delegation in Paris in front of the embassies of the five main nuclear powers of the world, the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain and the French National Assembly. So that’s the second objective, to target those responsible and the blockages.
The third objective is to launch the process today to develop the struggles in the weeks and months to come to get France and all the countries possessing nuclear weapons to commit to the ratification of the nuclear weapons ban treaty.
This is the battle of the days to come. Yesterday we received messages from all over the world: from Japan, from Algeria, from people who have undergone nuclear tests in Algeria, from Mexico, from the USA, from Russia, from Tunisia, from Algeria, from Germany, etc.
All over the world today things are happening like in France; in France there are about 60 cities in which the Peace Movement and the national collective of peace marches supported by 180 organisations are organising initiatives.
Nuclear weapons are illegal, they are morally unacceptable, they are financially an insult and a crime against humanity at a time when we have to resolve the question of global warming, the question of pandemics and future pandemics, the search for vaccines for the whole world, it is revolting that hundreds of billions are being spent to build new nuclear weapons in France, the USA, Russia etc…..

 

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