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The Golden Rule sails again!
In 1958, the Golden Rule sailed from San Pedro toward Eniwetok atoll in the Marshall Islands, to protest against U.S. nuclear tests there. She was twice boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard at Hawaii, and the crew were arrested, tried, and jailed in Honolulu. Their example helped to ignite a storm of world-wide public outrage against nuclear weapons that resulted in the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and which has continued down to the present in the many organizations still working to abolish weapons of mass destruction.
The 31st Summer Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this year and its Opening Ceremony is scheduled for the evening of August 5, local time. In Japan, it will be the morning of August 6, a period which includes 8:15am, the time when the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima on August 6, 71 years earlier.
On May 20, Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima and President of Mayors for Peace, sent a letter to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposing them to invite all participants at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games to observe a minute of silence to remember all victims of armed conflicts and terror, and to revive the Olympic Truce, which calls for an end of violence and the establishment of a sustainable peace.
In March 2016, a dozen French MPs in favour of abolishing nuclear weapons have written to their fellow-parliamentarians (MPs and Senators) inviting them to join them in signing a Bill to organise a referendum on the following question:
« Do you want France to negotiate and ratify with all the States concerned a treaty to ban and completely eliminate nuclear weapons, under mutual and international control that is strict and effective? »
They observed that « a poll conducted in October 2015 by IFOP on the request of Action des Citoyens pour le Désarmement Nucléaire (ACDN), found with representative sample of the population aged over 18, that 74% of those polled answered YES to this question. »
On March 7, 2016, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the world’s highest court, will begin hearings in The Hague, Netherlands, on the preliminary objections raised by the United Kingdom (UK), India and Pakistan in the nuclear disarmament cases brought by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The purpose of the hearings is for the Court to determine whether any legal obstacles prevent the cases from going forward to consideration on their merits. Read more.
On January 28, the UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) will hold its first session in Geneva. The OEWG, open to all UN member states and to representatives of civil society, was established by the UN General Assembly to work on effective legal measures and norms to achieve a world without nuclear weapons, and on interim to increase transparency and eliminate the risk of accidental, mistaken, unauthorized or intentional nuclear weapon detonations.
Mayors for Peace has sent an Open Letter to the OEWG urging all States – especially those possessing nuclear weapons and their umbrella states – to engage in constructive deliberations in the OEWG in order to pave the way for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
Mayors for Peace urges you to sign the online petition calling for negotiations of a nuclear weapons convention – a global treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. Over 2 million people have signed since the petition was launched in 2013. Mayors for Peace is seeking millions more.