75th Anniversary

Published on August 5th, 2020 | by Maaike Beenes

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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:

   

📰 In her latest article, @PatriciaMary of @ChathamHouseISR argues that we need a new way of thinking about nuclear weapons and how to deal with them. 💭"One way to think of them is as a wicked problem in a complex adaptive system.”💡

Read it here: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/the-world-today/2021-04/nuclear-disarmament-thinking-outside-silo

In his recent essay, Ward Wilson, director of RealistRevolt explains why nuclear deterrence is doomed to fail: “Nuclear deterrence is inherently flawed. It will fail. It is not a question of if, but merely a question of when.” Read the full article here👇https://bit.ly/3muTbGG

Kernwapens moeten weg uit Nederland en de rest van de wereld! Ook als ze niet gebruikt worden, vormen ze een gevaar. Daarom zijn wij op zoek naar mensen die 1000 euro willen bijdragen zodat we de strijd tegen kernwapens voort kunnen zetten. Help jij mee? ⏩https://bit.ly/3dKFMX6

Recent onderzoek heeft aangetoond dat de Franse kernproeven die uitgevoerd werden tussen 1966 en 1974 veel meer schade hebben aangericht dan gedacht. Lees hier meer over de gevolgen van deze kernproeven voor de bevolking van Frans-Polynesië: https://bit.ly/2QaVzX3 #nuclearban

Happy 25th, Treaty of Pelindaba! #OnThisDay the treaty making Africa a nuclear weapons free zone opened for signature. For decades, African nations have been true leaders for nuclear disarmament through #Pelindaba & #nuclearban! We congratulate all signatories & states parties 👏

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