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Australian nuclear test survivor took her story to the Vienna Conference

“Enough.” Time for a ban. Photo: Jessie Boylan Indigenous Australian nuclear test survivor, Sue Coleman-Haseldine, spoke to over 150 governments at the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna on 8–9 December 2014. The Kokatha-Mula woman was about three years old when the British nuclear weapons tests took place at Maralinga in the remote West of South Australia. Coleman-Haseldine told delegations from over 150 governments that the British and Australian governments


Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years on

Last week marked the 69th anniversary since the devastating nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On the 6th and 9th of August this year, people around the world took the time to remember the tragic loss of lives, and the disastrous effects the atomic bombs had on Japan and so many of its people. On the 6th of August 1945, a 12 year old boy was at school in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was


ICAN reveals Australia’s plan to undermine the work of civil society for a ban treaty

Documents obtained by ICAN campaigners in Australia through freedom-of-information laws reveal that the Australian government refused to endorse the 80-nation humanitarian statement delivered at this year’s Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting in Geneva because it referred to a Red Cross resolution with which the government fundamentally disagrees, and because it had concerns that the statement was designed to build support for a ban on nuclear weapons. The declassified diplomatic cables, ministerial briefings and foreign ministry emails show



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