Hiroshima ~ Peace Declaration

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Indian Hindu and Muslim students pray for those who were killed in the Japanese city of Hiroshima and to promote world peace inside their school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 6, 2008. Tens of thousands bowed their heads at a ceremony in Hiroshima on Wednesday, the 63rd anniversary of the world's first atomic attack, as the city's mayor hit out at countries that refused to abandon their bombs.

Hiroshima ~ Peace Declaration 2009

That weapon of human extinction, the atomic bomb, was dropped on the people of Hiroshima sixty-four years ago. Yet the hibakusha's suffering, a hell no words can convey, continues. Radiation absorbed 64 years earlier continues to eat at their bodies, and memories of 64 years ago flash back as if they had happened yesterday.
Fortunately, the grave implications of the hibakusha experience are granted legal support. A good example of this support is the courageous court decision humbly accepting the fact that the effects of radiation on the human body have yet to be fully elucidated. The Japanese national government should make its assistance measures fully appropriate to the situations of the aging hibakusha, including those exposed in "black rain areas" and those living overseas. Then, tearing down the walls between its ministries and agencies, it should lead the world as standard-bearer for the movement to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020 to actualize the fervent desire of hibakusha that "No one else should ever suffer as we did."
In April this year, US President Obama speaking in Prague said, " the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act." And "...take concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons." Nuclear weapons abolition is the will not only of the hibakusha but also of the vast majority of people and nations on this planet. The fact that President Obama is listening to those voices has solidified our conviction that "the only role for nuclear weapons is to be abolished."
In response, we support President Obama and have a moral responsibility to act to abolish nuclear weapons. To emphasize this point, we refer to ourselves, the great global majority, as the "Obamajority," and we call on the rest of the world to join forces with us to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020. The essence of this idea is embodied in the Japanese Constitution, which is ever more highly esteemed around the world.
Now, with more than 3,000 member cities worldwide, Mayors for Peace has given concrete substance to our "2020 Vision" through the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, and we are doing everything in our power to promote its adoption at the NPT Review Conference next year. Once the Protocol is adopted, our scenario calls for an immediate halt to all efforts to acquire or deploy nuclear weapons by all countries, including the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which has so recently conducted defiant nuclear tests; visits by leaders of nuclear-weapon states and suspect states to the A-bombed cities; early convening of a UN Special Session devoted to Disarmament; an immediate start to negotiations with the goal of concluding a nuclear weapons convention by 2015; and finally, to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020. We will adopt a more detailed plan at the Mayors for Peace General Conference that begins tomorrow in Nagasaki.
The year 2020 is important because we wish to enter a world without nuclear weapons with as many hibakusha as possible. Furthermore, if our generation fails to eliminate nuclear weapons, we will have failed to fulfill our minimum responsibility to those that follow.
Global Zero, the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and others of influence throughout the world have initiated positive programs that seek the abolition of nuclear weapons. We sincerely hope that they will all join the circle of those pressing for 2020.
As seen in the anti-personnel landmine ban, liberation from poverty through the Grameen Bank, the prevention of global warming and other such movements, global democracy that respects the majority will of the world and solves problems through the power of the people has truly begun to grow. To nurture this growth and go on to solve other major problems, we must create a mechanism by which the voices of the people can be delivered directly into the UN. One idea would be to create a "Lower House" of the United Nations made up of 100 cities that have suffered major tragedies due to war and other disasters, plus another 100 cities with large populations, totaling 200 cities. The current UN General Assembly would then become the "Upper House."
On the occasion of the Peace Memorial Ceremony commemorating the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing, we offer our solemn, heartfelt condolence to the souls of the A-bomb victims, and, together with the city of Nagasaki and the majority of Earth's people and nations, we pledge to strive with all our strength for a world free from nuclear weapons.
We have the power. We have the responsibility. And we are the Obamajority. Together, we can abolish nuclear weapons. Yes, we can.

Tadatoshi Akiba
The City of Hiroshima

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Comment by Teresa Hernandez on August 6, 2009 at 2:00am
My own family was personally touched by the radiation fallout of the atomic bomb testing in New Mexico. My grandparents lived near the testing site.Although the US governement has never assumed responsibility for the Cancer that later resulted in their deaths..many elders from their hometown and their children who resided in New Mexico near the testing site have fallen to Cancer. Every innocent man, women and child who died or suffered eventual illness from this nuclear tragedy are reminders to our need to advocate for Nuclear disarmament!
I pray that we humans can learn and evolve to a better society. Our planet and all who share it depend on our combined voices to remember and resolve the errors of our past. Teresa R. Hernandez
Comment by David Gould on August 6, 2009 at 1:34am
One vision of the future that I pray we never see....

Tomorrow’s Walk

Somewhere in the vastness of space,
wanders a dead planet spinning,
whose people could have stopped
and thought a little
and cared.
But they didn’t.
so men grow trees
of blasted ash
and love wasted
the song of the muse.

I wish they had told us
the day the fire fell
that I would see,
men walking trees aflame;
visions of hell,
roasted eyes
and wasted peace dream

I said politicians were blind
safe in burrows beneath,
for nothing they plan
since our children hate,
dying at birth.
Someone forgot to tell us
that fire would consume
our emotional bankruptcy.

Then the world went dark,
the clouds kissed the sun farewell
and cold as intense as the heat,
rolled the bone dust
into senseless heaps,
while taking a walk to oblivion
for an ideal, forgotten.

David © 2nd September 1983
Comment by Maria Sotomayor on August 5, 2009 at 9:26pm

Love to join this group that honours the victims of Hiroshima and makes obvious to all that live is so peaceful when we learn the “mistakes” that we made for us to evolve into another direction: the path of peace, of respect, of mutual love and understanding.
We are part of the web that is creating the opportunity for all to become aware, to raise their consciousness and be the change that we want in the world.

My love and peaceful prayers for all the ones that choose to create Hiroshima in order for us all to learn better ways.

Comment by Sandra Reis on August 5, 2009 at 9:06pm
Hiroshima Never Again/ Hiroshima nunca más/ Hiroshima nunca mais

This is a 'protest song', from a Brazilian group, "Secos e Molhados", against the horrors of atomic bomb and its harmful consequences.
Following the lyrics in english, español and português (and sorry if the translation sounds a bit strange)

Hiroshima Rose
Think about the dumb children,
Think about the blind girls,
Think about the women, routes
Think about wounds like warm roses
But! Oh! Don´t forget the
rose, the rose
The rose of Hiroshima, the
hereditary rose
The radioactive rose, stupid
The rose with cirrhosis, the anti-rose
No color, no smell, no pink

Rosa de Hiroshima
Piense en los niños mudos,
Piense en las niñas ciegas,
Piense en las mujeres, rutas
Piense en las heridas como rosas
Pero! ¡Oh! no se olvide la
rosa, la rosa
La rosa de Hiroshima, la rosa
La rosa radiactiva, estúpida
No válida
La rosa con cirrosis, la anti rosa
Sin color, sin olor, sin rosa
Sin nada

Rosa de Hiroshima
Pensem nas crianças mudas,
Pensem nas meninas cegas,
Pensem nas mulheres, rotas
Pensem nas feridas como rosas
Mas! Oh! não se esqueçam da
rosa, da rosa
Da rosa de Hiroshima, a rosa
A rosa radioativa, estúpida
A rosa com cirrose a anti-rosa
Sem cor, sem perfume, sem rosa
Sem nada
Comment by Clicia Pavan on August 5, 2009 at 8:40pm

Hiroshima never again Namaste
Comment by Clicia Pavan on August 1, 2009 at 2:11am

call for nuclear disarmament by the event - 06 August August 6 in Rio de Janeiro
Event: Hiroshima on August 6, 1945
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To avoid future disaster, we must act today.

"The World March for Peace and Non-Violence is a call to the conscience of each one of us is a voice that must raise all together, is a moral and what is to be done in this difficult time we are through.
The horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not in a historical past. The images of pain and death absurd still alive in our consciousness, but at the same time nourish our deep yearning for a world where it is possible that atrocity.
Today, we remember the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to dignify his memory and to strengthen an open and diverse global movement, which rejects all forms of violence and say the human being as maximum value. "

Rafael de la Rubia
Coordinator of the World March for Peace and Non-Violence
Peace,Peace,Peace Hiroshima never again
Comment by Clicia Pavan on July 31, 2009 at 2:21am

A candle for peace --The world remembers, on August 6, the 60 years of nuclear attack that devastated the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace,Peace,Peace Hiroshima never again
Comment by Clicia Pavan on July 31, 2009 at 1:30am

Ipeace- The world remembers, on August 6, the 60 years of nuclear attack that devastated the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Second World War came to an end with the use of a weapon with a potential of destruction hitherto unknown and unique.
Hiroshima was rebuilt with help from the national government, the law of the peace memorial in Hiroshima - City of Reconstruction, adopted in 1949. The government donated land that were used in the past for military purposes, but also financially to the reconstruction of the city not forget damage guerra.Hiroshima today is a milestone for peace, a peace that the men who do not want . .. Humanity today is made of fear
stop, stop no more wars and nuclear weapons, Hiroshima never again

A dense column of smoke rising to over 60 thousand feet of altitude on the Japanese port of Nagasaki. It was the second time you used an atomic bomb during World War II
One of the biggest brakes to advance nuclear was the signing of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation in 1968, with the accession of five atomic powers (U.S., USSR, Britain, France and China) and also from countries that did not have arsenal nuclear. These, to sign the treaty, have received some assurances: the great powers begin to disarm, would not transfer to atomic weapons denuclearized nations, and also share the technology for civil use of nuclear energy. Today we are part of the 188 countries. Among the nations that have not signed this treaty, are Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea. Another significant agreement was made in July 1991 between President H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev: the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Arms (Start-1), where U.S. and USSR undertook to remove half of strategic warheads.
With these and other agreements, the arsenals the U.S. and Russia have been decreasing little by little. The U.S., at the height of the Cold War, had 32 thousand nuclear warheads, now have 10 thousand. Already the former USSR, which then had about 45 thousand warheads, even as Russia has about 16 thousand.
Currently, when you think of nuclear threat, there are fears about the situation of two countries: North Korea (which is believed to have an arsenal of six to eight warheads) and Iran (which is suspected to produce atomic weapons). But this is not the worst risk, a nation can hardly more than a terrorist nuclear arsenal is in obtaining sufficient raw material - 15 kilograms of enriched uranium or 4 kilograms of plutonium - to build an atomic bomb. It is expected that any attempt coming from them is unsuccessful. Unfortunately, the "Pandora's Box" opened in 1945 still scares the evils caused.
References found:
JOURNAL National Geografhic Brazil. The ghost of the pump. Aug. 2005--
Clicia Pavan
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Peace,Peace,Peace Hiroshima never again

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