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Next week, around 130 governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations are gathering in Nayarit where the Mexican government is hosting a conference on the Humanitarian Consequence of Nuclear Weapons. This is a follow up of the Oslo Conference last year in which attracted 120 governments. The fact that this initiative, facilitated by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons(ICAN) has received such wider support is a testimony to the fact that abolishing nuclear weapons remains a deeply popular aspiration. The initiative focuses on the problem of nuclear weapons, not in military and geopolitical terms, as has been done for decades, but through the lens of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.
A summary translation of a letter circulated by Dr. S.p. Udayakumar, leader of the anti-nuclear struggle in Koodankulam: Uday writes that members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have been harassing his aged parents and wife who live in Nagercoil, by serving notice after notice and demanding documents that had been submitted more than a year ago. This is causing great mental anguish for his aging parents.
The campaign against the India-Japan nuclear agreement, likely to be signed during the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe’s upcoming visit to New Delhi, has recieved extremely encouraging response from people all over the world, vindicating our firm belief that this nuclear agreement is anachronistic, absurd and unacceptable to people in Japan who are witnessing a still unfolding disaster in Japan, and people in India who are brutally silenced by their government indulging in nuclear expansion misadventure.