Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 189 groups from around the world endorsed a joint interfaith statement coordinated by Faith Communities Concerned About Nuclear Weapons, to speak in one voice and reject the existential threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons.
The statement reaffirms that the presence of even one nuclear weapon violates the core principles of our different faith traditions and threatens the unimaginable destruction of everything we hold dear.
It states, “We are grateful for the global hibakusha, survivors, who have courageously borne witness, often in the face of intimidation and the recurring tragedy of loss and illness. We must meet the courage of the survivors with our own. We must abolish nuclear weapons forever.”
The interfaith statement urges governments to use the opportunity of the 75th anniversary of the only occasion that nuclear weapons have been used in conflict, to ensure that they are never used again in any circumstances. It calls upon all States to join the growing community of States which have rejected nuclear weapons entirely and appeal them to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.[Photo Credit: ICAN/Ralf Schlesener]