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Oct 5, 2016 - Peace Boat Hibakusha Project in Belgium, the Netherlands and New York
Peace Boatfs Hibakusha Project
Activities in Belgium (Oct. 5), the Netherlands (The Hague and Amsterdam) (Oct. 5-6) and New York (Oct. 20-21)

Contact: Akira Kawasaki Tel: +81 90 83 10 5370

(Background in Japanese here)

As the UN First Committee (on disarmament) of the General Assembly starts its proceedings, with the introduction by a group of states of a resolution to start negotiations towards a new treaty that would prohibit nuclear weapons, Peace Boat is engaging in advocacy and public actions calling for a nuclear weapons ban, while the 92nd Voyage for Peace sails from Europe to United States with a delegation of Hibakusha taking part in the Global Voyage.

The states leading this UN initiative are Mexico, Austria, Ireland, Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa. While a majority of states have expressed support for developing a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, fierce opposition to this resolution is expected from the nuclear-armed states. States will vote on the resolution during the period 24 October to 2 November. Peace Boat and the Hibakusha are holding meetings with number of governments officials (including in Malaysia, Greece, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands) and will visit the United Nations in New York on October 20-21.

NETHERLANDS - October 5-6

Photo Action in front of the Peace Palace
Wednesday October 5
Time: 9:00AM

Venue: Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will read its judgments on whether it has jurisdiction in the Marshall Islands' nuclear disarmament cases against India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. If it decides to proceed, it would be a historic moment for the World Court to be seized over the legal obligations concerning negotiations relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race and to nuclear disarmament.

Seizing this opportunity, a picture will be taken with Hibakusha and nuclear disarmament campaigners to highlight the fact we stand with the victims, highlight the humanitarian impact of these weapons and call for their abolition.

Present:
Ms Noriko Sakashita, Hibakusha
Ms Mariko Higashino, Second Generation Hibakusha
Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat/ICAN
Selma van Oostwaard, PAX/ICAN
Peace and disarmament activists

International Court of Justice's Delivery of Judgment in the Marshall Islands Case
Wednesday October 5
Time: 10:00AM
Venue: Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague
Link: ICJ Press Release
Hibakusha will attend the reading of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgments on whether it has jurisdiction in the Marshall Islands' nuclear disarmament cases against India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. One of the Marshall Islandfs lead lawyers and Vice-President of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, Phon van den Biesen, will greet them.

Present:
Ms Noriko Sakashita, Hibakusha
Ms Mariko Higashino, Second Generation Hibakusha
Ami Terachi, Peace Boat
Selma van Oostwaard, PAX/ICAN

Address at the Dutch Parliament (Foreign Affairs meeting)
Wednesday October 5
Time: 14:00AM
Venue: Plein 2, 2511 CR, The Hague

The Hibakusha will be welcomed at Parliament during a 'special procedure'. PAX and the Hibakusha will give a testimony and call on MPs to urge the government to support the start of negotiations for a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017.
Present:
Ms Noriko Sakashita, Hibakusha
Ms Mariko Higashino, Second Generation Hibakusha
Ami Terachi, Peace Boat
Selma van Oostwaard, PAX/ICAN
Krista van Velzen, PAX/ICAN
Maaike Beenes, PAX

Meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders
Wednesday October 6
Time: 16:00PM
Venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, 2594 AC, The Hague
Mr Morikawa will speak about his experiences in Hiroshima and highlight the need and urgency for nuclear disarmament and a ban treaty. Together with PAX, he will ask the Foreign Minister to support the UN General Assembly resolution that will be submitted during UNGA First Committee, calling for the start of negotiations for a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017.
Present:
Takaaki Morikawa, Hibakusha
Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat/ICAN
Krista van Velzen, PAX/ICAN
Selma van Oostwaard, PAX/ICAN

Public Event: The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
Wednesday October 6
Time: 18:00PM
Venue: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam
Link to the event's page

Ms. Tagawa, a first generation Nagasaki survivor will share her story and explain how the atomic bombing still affects her daily life. Together with several experts she will discuss today's status of the nuclear disarmament debate. What is the international community doing? And why is 2017 an important year for nuclear disarmament?

Speakers:
Susi Snyder, PAX/ICAN
Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat/ICAN
Toyoko Tagawa, Hibakusha, Hibakusha
Poukje Peters and Mirjam de Bruin, Netherlands Red Cross
Also present:
Full group of Hibakusha travelling onboard Peace Boat
Public audience

NEW YORK - October 20-21
UN First Committee Side-Event: "Disarmament Education: The Role of Survivors and Youth"
October 20
Time: 13:15-14:30 pm
Venue: UN Conference Room A

As Peace Boat's delegation of Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and Global University students will be arriving to NYC on the ship, Peace Boat and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations are holding a discussion about building a global community committed to raising awareness of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear testing. Youth have critical role to play in passing along the memories and legacy of the survivors.

Speakers:
Ambassador Amatlain E. Kabua of the Marshall Islands
Cora Weiss
Morikawa Takaaki
Peace Boat Global University participants
Peter Weiss, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA)

Also present:
Full group of Hibakusha travelling onboard Peace Boat
Public audience

School Visit and Testimony
October 21
Time: 9:00-11:30 (TBC)

Fukahori Johji will give testimony at a school while celebrating UN Day. There will also be small group discussions to follow. (Not open to the public)

Art Event at the National Sawdust
October 21
Time: 12:00-14:00
Place: National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn

This event will combine various art performances and Hibakusha's testimonies. Tachibana Mituso and Fukahori Toshiko will speak, and there will be 100 high school students from the local area.

Global Voyage: Travelling around the world to spread a message
Peace Boat has been organizing the Global Hibakusha Project since 2008. Survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki choose to join this project because they are compelled to tell their own painful, experiences so that no one will ever suffer the same fate. There is a feeling among Hibakusha that time is running out for them to be able to make the world understand the reality of nuclear weapons and yet their message is more urgent than ever. Some of the survivors have never travelled outside Japan before and one survivor (Ms. Tagawa) applied for a passport for the first time in her life to join the voyage to be able to share her experiences and that of her family so that no one else should suffer in the same way.
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