Archive for August 7th, 2014

07/08/2014

Message of Peace from Hiroshima – 69 Years on, Peace Is Still the Best Self-defense

Human Wrongs Watch

6 August, 2014, Greenpeace* –– Greenpeace believes that peace is the best self-defense, and that war is the biggest threat to the environment. This story is a call for peace by Daisuke Miyachi of Greenpeace Japan. Daisuke is from Hiroshima and his grandmother was one of the surviving victims of the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.

The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15 am on August 6, 1945. 

Sixty-nine years have now passed.

Photo from: International Campaign against Nuclear Weapons - ICAN

Photo from: International Campaign against Nuclear Weapons – ICAN

It unleashed a thermonuclear fury of toxic destruction that indiscriminately destroyed everything within a two mile radius.

The far-reaching radioactive fallout would also leave its unrelenting and unforgiving scars on the people and natural environment of Hiroshima and surround areas.

For the current generation of Japanese and global citizens everywhere, the city’s name has become synonymous with a tale of warning about the wrongs of war.

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07/08/2014

'Humans Search for Life on Other Planets While Modernizing Weapons That Can Destroy All Life on Planet Earth'

Human Wrongs Watch

6 August 2014 — One of the great ironies of modern science is that humans are searching for life on other planets while retaining and modernizing weapons of mass destruction that, if used, can destroy all life on planet Earth, said UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon today on the occasion of the 69 anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and, later, Nagasaki.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Photo: UNESCO/G. Boccardi

Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Photo: UNESCO/G. Boccardi

Remembering all those who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and, later, Nagasaki, Ban said that the atrocious memories of that tragedy must inspire new generations to work towards a world free of nuclear weapons.*

“This solemn commemoration connects memories of a tragic past with the vision of a future free of nuclear weapons,” said Ban through a statement delivered by his High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane at this year’s Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima.

“Hiroshima’s many messages of peace and hope have educated the world about the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, inspiring a global campaign focused on the unacceptability of using these arms under international humanitarian and human rights law.”

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