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Hanoi calls for nuclear weapon ban

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07:39 | 07/04/2020

Over 277,700 signatures have been collected in Hanoi in the first phase of a campaign called “Appeal of the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors)”, which calls for a total ban on nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

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Collected by the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO), the signatures have been handed over to the Vietnam Peace Committee (VPC), HUFO said on April 6.

According to HUFO Vice President Tran Thi Phuong and Hanoi Peace Committee President Tran Thi Ngoc Thanh, the signatures were collected from people at government offices and residential zones as well as at bus stations and public spaces around Hanoi.

They expect to gain more signatures from students in the capital during subsequent phases, when local schools and universities re-open after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

VPC Secretary General Dong Huy Vuong spoke highly of HUFO and the Hanoi Peace Committee’s contributions to the campaign.

The signatures collected in Vietnam will be handed over to the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo).

As planned, Gensuikyo will visit the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in New York and hand over a symbolic signature of the appeal for a total ban on nuclear weapons in 2020.

Gensuikyo delegations have been coming to New York to follow the First Committee debate on disarmament issues where we dialogue with delegates of Member States to promote the adoption of resolutions seeking the elimination of nuclear weapons.

As of 1 October 2019, 33 states have ratified the NPT. Once ratified by 50 countries, it will enter in force. Gensuikyo hopes that the tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) would achieve substantial progress toward nuclear disarmament. This year will also mark the 50th anniversary of the treaty entry into force./.

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