Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | November 14, 2010

Nobel Peace Laureates urge remaining nine countries to bring the CTBT into legal force

“We call on China, the United States, Egypt, Iran, Israel and Indonesia to ratify, and on India, Pakistan and North Korea to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, that has already been ratified by 153 nations, so that the Treaty can be brought into full legal force,” said a final declaration from the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

The World Summit held in Hiroshima, Japan, November 12-14, 2010 declared “that the use of nuclear weapons against any people must be regarded as a crime against humanity and should henceforth be prohibited.”

The Laureates also called for the ratification without delay of the START agreement by the United States and Russia and for follow-on negotiations for deeper cuts in all types of nuclear weapons.

“Nuclear weapons cannot be disinvented, but they can and must be outlawed, just as chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions have been declared illegal,” said the Hiroshima declaration.

The three day summit was organized by the Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Laureates Summits and the City of Hiroshima. Attendees included the Dalai Lama, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Frederik Willem De Klerk. It was also addressed by Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

Read full Summit declaration here.
Read more about Summit here.
Read statement by CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth here.


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