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Column: ‘With a few surviving classmates, I stepped carefully over the dead and dying’

[From TheJournal.ie] By Jamie Walsh ON FRIDAY 28 March, Ms Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, will speak at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. As a 13-year old schoolgirl, Thurlow was one of a group of 30 students assigned to help at an army headquarters in central Hiroshima. She was on the second floor of a wooden building, ready to start her first day of work, when at 8:15 am ... Read More


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Campaigners in Costa Rica co-host Central American Peace Conference

Earlier this month, ICAN partner IPPNW Costa Rica teamed up with the Arias Peace Foundation to organize the Central American Peace Conference (CAPC) in San José, Costa Rica. The meeting gathered over 40 participants from more than 30 different peace-related organizations from all Central American countries to discuss conflict mediation, small arms and the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Nobel Laureate and former President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias gave the opening address and called ... Read More


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Irish FM Underlines Importance of Nayarit Conference

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Member of Parliament Eoghan Murphy about whether Ireland would take an active role at the Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons (the “Nayarit Conference”) hosted by Mexico in February, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore affirmed Ireland’s strong support of international efforts to focus on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and promised the keen engagement by Irish officials at the conference. ... Read More


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Hibakusha testimonies at Nayarit Conference reveal lasting legacy of nuclear attacks

In a programme full of eye-opening and compelling presentations at the recent Nayarit Conference (13, 14 February 2014), one that stuck in the memories of many of the attendees and those following the proceedings online was the testimony of the Hibakusha – the survivors of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At the Nayarit conference we heard first-hand accounts of the horror of the detonations over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the testimonies of Setsuko ... Read More


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Nayarit point of no return: Mexico conference marks turning point towards nuclear weapon ban

(14 February 2014, Nayarit), Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico—The Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, concluded today with a call from the Mexican hosts for states to launch a diplomatic process to ban nuclear weapons. Over 140 governments participated from all regions of the world. With a large group of countries calling for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons the meeting marked a turning point in the process to outlaw and eliminate these ... Read More


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ICAN closing statement to the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Ray Acheson, ICAN International Steering Group and Reaching Critical Will of WILPF I am speaking on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of over 350 organisations in 90 countries. We have been given over the past two days a chilling reminder of what nuclear weapons are, and what they do. They do not bring security. They bring death and destruction on a scale that cannot be justified for any reason. ... Read More


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Austria to host next step in humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons

The Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, announced today that he will host an international conference later this year on nuclear weapons. The conference will discuss how best to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again, by design, miscalculation, or accident. Discussions are expected to consider existing and potential international legal and political frameworks to address the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. Austria’s announcement comes on the morning of a major international conference in Mexico, ... Read More


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