Statements Archive
Feb 5, 2011 - Global Hibakusha Forum Statement for a Nuclear-Free World
We Global Hibakusha from Japan, Australia and Tahiti came together on Peace Boat from 23 January – 5 February 2011 to share testimony, information and our vision for a nuclear-free future. We have reached consensus on the statement below and will continue to exchange to realise our goals by increasing cooperation and networking.

Hibakusha is the name given to those who survived the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 66 years ago with nuclear weapons which are indiscriminate. There are now 2nd and 3rd generation Hibakusha and overseas Hibakusha, who were exposed to the atomic bomb and later moved to another country. They suffer the inter-generational genetic affects of their parents' and grandparents' exposure to ionising radiation. They demand recognition that does not discriminate based on nationality and their country of residence.

Hibakusha have suffered discrimination, and yet they have courageously re-lived the events of 6 August and 9 August 1945 to teach about why horrific and cruel nuclear weapons must never be used again. We celebrate the endurance, strength and determination of Hibakusha and encourage and remember their testimony. We join their call for genuine peace education in our schools. We join their call for the total abolition of nuclear weapons through a Nuclear Weapons Convention to rid the world of these weapons that have been described as "weapons of terror" by the Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction.[1]

We define the term "Global Hibakusha" to mean all victims of radiation at each link in the nuclear chain - uranium mining, nuclear reactors, nuclear accidents, nuclear weapons development and testing, and nuclear waste. We recognise that Indigenous people have suffered radioactive racism through being targeted for uranium mining, nuclear testing and nuclear waste dumping. This has contaminated their land, water, culture, economies and health.

Ionizing radiation is a toxic poison that damages our DNA - the genetic material in living cells. The nuclear age has introduced radiation in forms that can become airborne and breathed in, or find their way into the water table and gene pool, entirely unlike naturally occurring background radiation. Nuclear testing scattered radiation poison across land and water and continues to be a present danger, which in Polynesia still threatens the collapse of atolls around Moruroa and Fangataufa. Nuclear reactors routinely release radiation. Nuclear waste stockpiles are growing daily, and include tonnes of plutonium which will remain toxic for 250,000 years.

Each link in the nuclear fuel chain releases radiation – beginning with drilling for uranium. To protect future generations and prevent future Hibakusha we must stop creating more radiation, and phase out all sources. We must invest in renewable clean energy for a sustainable future.

Instead of truthful data about radiation, we have received official government denial, self-serving control of information and refusal to redress the shameful wrongs. Governments must make the archives of information about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, about Fangataufa and Moruroa, and about Maralinga transparent, accepting responsibility for the damages and injuries caused. Resolving the effects of nuclear activity and the nuclear threat is a matter of our survival. We cannot contain nuclear dangers, contain environmental damage or support the sick and dying without truthful information.

We Global Hibakusha desperately request

- That governments immediately commence negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention, with a goal of presenting their final treaty to the 2015 NPT Review Conference and completing the disarmament processes by 2020.

- That governments address climate change by investing in clean and renewable energy sources.

- That all civil society groups, NGOs, media, youth and religious organisations redouble their efforts towards a nuclear-free world.

- That responsible governments officially apologise for their nuclear crimes.

- That governments disclose all medical and environmental records on radiation exposure.

- Peace education, including the truth about the nuclear age, be part of official school curricula.

- Proper compensation and proper subsidised medical treatment for all Global Hibakusha.

- Court cases made by Global Hibakusha for truth, justice, recognition, compensation, environmental clean up and health treatment require support from civil society and sincere response from governments.

- Governments should develop public contingency and evacuation plans for populations potentially affected by nuclear accidents and incidents.

- Retaining of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution which renounces war and inclusion and implementation of similar clauses in all constitutions.

- The conversion of the 1.5 trillion global military budget to health and education programmes and measures that address our real security challenges such as climate change and poverty.



No More Hibakusha! No More Global Hibakusha!

No More Hiroshima! No More Nagasaki! No More War!




Adopted 5 February 2011 on Peace Boat

Papeete, Tahiti


[1] The International Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, chaired by Dr Hans Blix and supported by the Swedish Government, published its Final Report Weapons of Terror: Freeing the World of Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Arms in June 2006. English, French, Japanese and other versions of the Report are available at: http://www.wmdcommission.org/



Youth Statement

We, youth from Japan, Australia and Tahiti came together from 23 January – 5 February 2011 to participate in the Hibakusha Project on Peace Boat.

We have learned about each other's countries and how they have been affected by nuclear issues. We have identified the problems and solutions. The goal of a nuclear free future must be achieved.

We strongly believe that now is the time to speak out, teach, learn and seriously confront global nuclear problems. This will require educating in our schools and communities to overcome indifference and the manipulation caused by the one-sided information of the nuclear age.

As a generation born into a world with nuclear weapons, we directly face the threat of radiation on our health and our environment. Not only is this a big concern for us, we must also consider that many future generations will be affected by the mistakes of the last 66 years. We want to pass on knowledge about the horror of nuclear weapons and radiation. Our wish is for a peaceful world for all the generations to come.

We want to create a student network that goes beyond national borders to frequently share the information we learn through our activities in each location. Our goal is to expand the activities that already exist, such as the "10,000 Petitions Campaign," extending the Japanese students' "Peace Messenger" activities and networking to a global level. We also want to create documentaries, animations, comic books, webpages, songs and books to promote awareness about the urgency to abolish nuclear weapons.

"National security" is used as a justification for nuclear weapons. We believe there is no security for nations or individuals in a world with nuclear weapons. When some nations stubbornly hold onto their nuclear weapons, other nations will want them. This creates a domino effect that must be broken.

Governments and politicians should make nuclear disarmament an urgent priority. Governments must also acknowledge the existence and rights of nuclear victims, rather than hiding information and medical records using the "Top Secret" stamp. Nuclear victims must receive adequate compensation; currently compensation is either not sufficient or non-existent.

Radiation pollution from the past, as well as the radioactive waste created by today's nuclear industry affects everything it touches in our ecosystem as well as people and the culture we inherit.

The nuclear industry creates risks of radiation leakage, earthquakes, tsunamis, and contaminating coral reefs and sea life. We can prevent this from happening if we all take a part in cleaning up affected areas, speaking out more about nuclear issues, and promoting awareness and knowledge about the health and diseases.

Some youth hesitate to be involved in serious nuclear issues because they simply don't know the risks.

Our goal is to increase youth involvement by expanding our networks and creating fun activities while promoting awareness. By reaching out internationally and in our own regions we are becoming even more powerful and strong.

We believe that despite the differences of language and cultural background, we can come together on this issue as one: No more excuses! No more ignorance! Make a change!

Adopted 5 February 2011 by Youth Group members of Global Hibakusha Forum – Pacific
Papeete, Tahiti


Global Hibakusha Forum - Pacific

Yokohama, Japan to Papeete, Tahiti

23 January – 5 February 2011

Participants


AUSTRALIA
Della Rae MORRISON, Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
Felicity HILL, Research and Policy Advisor to Senator Scott Ludlam
Veronica WELLINGS*, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
Vernadine HARDY*, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
Frear ALDERSON*, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation

TAHITI
Régis Haamarurai GOODING, Moruroa e Tatou, Former nuclear test site worker
Heiava Myrna LENOIR, Moruroa e Tatou
Teva DOOM*
Allan Tanuanua GOODING*, 2nd generation nuclear test site worker
Marc PUGIBET*

JAPAN
Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World Participants

FUKAHORI Akira
HIRAI Shoso
NISHIDA Goro
OKUMURA Eiji
SUENAGA Hiroshi
TAKAHASHI Setsuko
TASAKI Noboru
TSUBOI Susumu
YAMANAKA Emiko
MARUO Ikuro, 2nd generation Hibakusha
SAKAGUCHI Hiroko, 2nd generation Hibakusha

High School Peace Messengers
KONNO Eriko*
OGAMI Sakurako*
SASO Haruka*
SUZUKI Keiji*
YAMAGUCHI Marie*

Forum Host - Peace Boat
KAWASAKI Akira
ISHII Mariko
Laure NOREST
UE Yasuho

Communication Coordinators
Sophia SWANSON, IWAMOTO Noriko*, OGASAWARA Sumie and OSAKI Inaho*

Photo and Videographer
UMEWAKA Naotomo


* Youth Group members


Documents for Download (pdf)

Global Hibakusha Forum Statement (English)
Global Hibakusha Forum Statement (French)
Global Hibakusha Forum Statement (Japanese)

Global Hibakusha Forum Youth Statement (English)
Global Hibakusha Forum Youth Statement (French)
Global Hibakusha Forum Youth Statement (Japanese)

Global Hibakusha Forum - Pacific Participants list