[Newsletter] April 2020 - TPNW International Signature Campaign in South Korea
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[South Korea] TPNW International Signature Campaign
SPARK Newsletter, April 2020
A complete elimination of all nuclear weapons which have the potential to cause the extinction of humanity and all life forms on Earth, is a universally accepted need for humanity.
For the first time in human history, on July 7, 2017, the UN General Assembly adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which prohibits the use and threat of use of nuclear weapons.
It is a paradox that the South Korean government has not joined the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) because the Korean peninsula faces the highest risk of a nuclear war and the South Korean government has publicly declared its pursuit of denuclearization. The South Korean government should immediately join the TPNW and provide care to Korean A-bomb survivors, as well as lead the way to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, establish a peace regime, and actualize a nuclear-free world.
International Petition to Urge All States to Sign
the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)
On January 14, 2020, the Korea Atomic Bomb Victims Association and the SPARK have launched an international signature campaign calling for all states to sign and ratify the TPNW. Currently, more than 30 civil society organizations are participating in the campaign as a joint promotion organization.
So far, a total of 5,097 signatures have been collected (April 18, 2020). They plan to continue the campaign until the TPNW enters into force. The collected signatures will be submitted to the United Nations.
Let's make a nuclear-free world with Korean atomic bomb victims
By dropping nuclear bombs, the U.S. committed inhumane war crimes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, indiscriminately harming 700,000 civilians, including killing 240,000 instantaneously. Few knows that at the time of the bombings, there were 70,000~100,000 Koreans in Hiroshima and Nagasaki who had been conscripted to serve as laborers in Japan during its colonial occupation of Korea. 40,000 Koreans died from these bombings.
Suffering from exposure to atomic radiation, a majority of Korean survivors returned to Korea after Korean liberation from Japan, only to live in pain and poverty and suffer from social discrimination and a lack of national attention. Their descendants were also affected. Some have died and others are still fighting various illnesses related to radiation exposure. The U.S., Japan and South Korea have never recognized the hereditary nature of radiation exposure. Arguably, Korean A-bomb survivors are the most severely suffered victims of Japanese occupation and exploitation.
With this international petition, we, including Korean A-bomb survivors and supporters, demand not only the South Korean government but also all other nations to sign on to TPNW to realize a nuclear-free world.
Your signature can advance the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the nuclear-free world!
The efforts of youth in Korea for nuclear-free world!
The youth members of SPARK are engaged in activities such as recording oral statements of the Korean A-bomb victims, campus programs related to peace on Korean Peninsula, and also a campaign to sign and ratify the TPNW that could contribute to advance the nuclear-free world. Looking forward to your interest and support
Let's create a new era of peace together!
SPARK is a peace organization, founded in 1994.
Its work is made possible by donations from 3,000 members all around Korea. SPARK works for national self-determination, peace, denuclearization, disarmament, and the reunification of Korea.