Archive for August 7th, 2016

07/08/2016

To Barack Obama from ‘Hibakusha’ Setsuko Thurlow

Human Wrongs Watch

I6 August 2016 (ICAN)* – In June Setsuko Thurlow was awarded the Arms Control Person of the Year Award and a group of us travelled to Washington DC to celebrate with her. 

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Setsuko Thurlow | ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

During this time she met with Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s speech writer, who accompanied him to Hiroshima this past Spring.  Setsuko and Ben had a friendly exchange of views, during which time she ask him to hand deliver a letter to President Obama. 

Although she left the envelope open so Ben could read the contents before passing it on, he declined stating: “I want the President to be the first to read you letter and I promise to have it in his hands by late this afternoon.” 

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07/08/2016

‘No More Hiroshimas. No More Nagasakis. Never Again’

Human Wrongs Watch

With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, “the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 6 August 2016 said, citing the determination and perseverance of those survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks as an example for championing peace and a seeking a better future for all.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome). Photo: UNESCO/G. Boccardi

In a message delivered to the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan, by Kim Won-soo, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, the Secretary-General commended the solemn gathering to remember the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the first use of nuclear weapons in war.

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