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Statement of Protest via Steering Committee, Organizing Committee of the World Conference against A and H

April 28, 2022

We strongly protest against the repeated statements by President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov and other Russian leaders threatening to use nuclear weapons.  The nuclear weapons are the “weapons of absolute evil” which, if used, would cause catastrophic humanitarian consequences, and the use of which can never be accepted.

The use of nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction is an outright violation of the UN Charter, the Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear weapons, other international laws and the international humanitarian law. It constitutes a crime against humanity, which cannot be justified for any reason or in any circumstances whatsoever. There should never be another Hiroshima or Nagasaki anywhere on earth.

We call on the Russian Government to scrap all plans and actions relating to the use or threat of nuclear weapons, end the war operations without delay, withdraw all forces, and be engaged in the resolution of the conflicts by peaceful means.

We appeal to all peace-loving people in Japan and all over the world to take action to never ever allow the use of nuclear weapons, to stop the war and to realize a total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons. To put an end to the crisis and open a future, the success in the 2022 World Conference against A and H Bombs (August 4-9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) is now more important than ever. Let us do our utmost for that!

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Organizing Committee of World Conference against A and H Bombs:

Tel: +81-3-5842-6034  Fax: +81-3-5842-6033  Email: intl@antiatom.orgHeiwa-to-Rodo-Center 6F, 2-4-4, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8464 JAPAN

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