Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembrance Statement

8 August 2006

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) remembers the destruction and devastation caused by the US Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 61 years ago. WILPF recognizes and shares the work of the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) since 1945 to eliminate nuclear weapons from the planet, and to prevent their ever being used again.

Currently there are still thousands of nuclear weapons in existence, many of them on hair-trigger alert, putting the entire global population at risk. The only option is to fully implement the first UN General Assembly resolution (1946) and totally and universally disarm all nuclear weapons.

Plans in some nuclear weapon states—including the US, the UK, France and Russia—to modernize their nuclear weapons arsenals or delivery systems continue to violate Article VI of the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty wherein “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…“ WILPF calls on these governments to fully implement their treaty commitments and to cease modernizing their arsenals as a step toward the good faith pursuit of nuclear disarmament and the ultimate goal of a nuclear weapon free world.

Nuclear sharing under bilateral and plurilateral agreements—including the NATO nuclear sharing agreement—is a violation of the NPT. We call on all non nuclear weapon states who currently host nuclear weapons on their soil or shores to demand the immediate removal of these ecocidal, suicidal, genocidal weapons from their territories. We also call on all non nuclear weapon states to take urgent action to prevent the stationing of nuclear weapons on any foreign soil as called for in“Weapons of Terror” the report of the independent Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction (p 95-98). WILPF supports the work of European Parliament members who are calling for the removal of nuclear weapons from European non nuclear NATO states.

Japan, the country that survived the only war-time use of nuclear weapons, continues to sit beneath US nuclear weapons protection. The US nuclear umbrella over Japan removes the moral authority the Japanese government has in calling for nuclear abolition. In addition, the current move by conservative forces in Japan to remove the peace article (Article 9) from the constitution is a step in the wrong direction. WILPF supports peace and justice advocates in Japan and around the world who are working to protect Article 9 in the Japanese constitution and calls on other governments of the world to use Article 9 as a model for their own national legislation.

WILPF recognizes that certain war profiteers—particularly Bechtel, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon—all benefit financially from the ongoing development and maintenance of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. WILPF calls on these corporations to take responsibility for designing verifiable plans to eliminate these weapons and their delivery systems.

All states bear a responsibility to disarm their nuclear weapons, whether they are recognized nuclear weapons states under the NPT or not. WILPF calls on China, France, the Russian Federation, UK, US, India, Pakistan, and Israel to verifiably disarm their nuclear weapons arsenals and immediately commence negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons completely.