75th Anniversary

Published on August 5th, 2020 | by Maaike Beenes


Today we remember Hiroshima

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the horrific atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Together with the bombing of Nagasaki on 9 August, the two bombs killed about 240,000 civilians by the end of 1945 and sickened many more with cancer and chronic diseases.

75 years after these bombings, survivors are still working for nuclear abolition. On 6 August, we stand with them to remember these bombings. We can’t change the past. But we must remember the horrors the survivors of atomic bombings have endured and honor them by our actions to make sure it never happens again. To bring the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into force. To end nuclear weapons.

All over the world, actions and events will be organized to remember and to act. In the Netherlands, local groups will be organizing events in 10 cities across the country. In Amsterdam for example, there will be a die-in at 100 seconds before noon, the time of the Doomsday Clock. The Peace Palace will play peace songs on its carillon. And we will deliver signatures from Dutch citizens to the Hague, asking the government to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and reject nuclear weapons.

In addition, financial institutions, parliamentarians, religious groups and other organisations will commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Sunday, the day Nagasaki was bombed, churches across the Netherlands will dedicate prayers to the victims and survivors.

Live updates:


Nog meer goed nieuws op deze al geweldige dag! De gemeente #Amsterdam tekent het #ICANCitiesAppeal. Loco-burgemeester @RutgerGW: "Wij willen samen met andere steden duidelijk maken wat wij van kernwapens vinden: ze zijn immoreel en onmenselijk" https://paxvoorvrede.nl/actueel/nieuwsberichten/amsterdam-tekent-ican-cities-appeal #nuclearban

Met de ondertekening door Amsterdam van het Cities Appeal blijft de lokale steun in Nederland voor het VN-kernwapenverbod groeien. #nuclearban


I strongly encourage all States and all people to work decisively toward promoting conditions necessary for a world without nuclear weapons, contributing to the advancement of #peace and multilateral cooperation which humanity greatly needs today.

Wondering how the people of Hiroshima are feeling on this historic day when nuclear weapons become illegal? Join some of the celebrations, LIVE on our instagram: https://instagram.com/nuclearban/live/17915677828539059?igshid=1es7h1zhm27qn

Vanmorgen stelde @SicovanderMeer op @NPORadio1 dat NL het TPNW niet kan tekenen omdat het daarmee uit de NAVO zou stappen. Maar wist je dat de Franse kernwapens ook helemaal buiten de NAVO staan? Onderzoek wijst uit dan ook uit dit wél kan: https://www.icanw.org/can_a_nato_state_join_the_tpnw

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