Eventos ICAN para el 70 aniversario

August 28, 2015

14 de agosto 2015

Muchos eventos inspiradores han sido organizados por los activistas de todo el mundo para conmemorar los primeros usos de las armas nucleares en Hiroshima y Nagasaki, que, ¡es casi imposible mencionarlos a todos! Demostraciones en movimiento, seminarios, conferencias y visitas de Hibakushas, conciertos, ayunos y acciones en línea. Decenas de artículos y los artículos de opinión, han contribuido a poner en relieve el recuerdo de los atentados, el vacío legal con las armas nucleares, y la urgente necesidad de prohibirlas debido a sus terribles consecuencias humanitarias y ambientales.


En esta ocasión, una gran cantidad de medios de comunicación en todo el mundo, ha desafiado los mitos de los bombardeos de Hiroshima y Nagasaki y citaron el compromiso humanitario y la iniciativa humanitaria de manera más amplia. Este aniversario también ha sido una buena oportunidad para que personalidades como Hans Blix, líderes religiosos como el Papa Francisco, y los miembros de gobiernos como el Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores irlandés Charlie Flanagan para pedir una prohibición.


A continuación, algunas de estas increíbles acciones:


+ APP – SEHLAC, Argentina

Sehlac and APP presented an art exhibition showing the nuclear weapons impact and a peace message trough thousand paper cranes and worked done in kindergartens. Margarita Stolbizer, Parliamentarian and President candidate in the next elections visited the exhibition.

The exhibition is going to be during August in an art space of the Parliament at the subway, one million and a half people use that line every day.


+ ECPAT – SEHLAC, Guatemala

At 70 years of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and with the arrival of Global Travel 87 Peace Boat to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, on June 29, two forums and an exhibition were organized by ECPAT, PEACE BOAT and Fundación Guatemala to commemorate the 70 anniversary of the bombing, with the participation of 7 hibakusha who presented their testimonies. The Councelor of the Japanese Embassy; Representantives of Peace Boat, ECPTA and Fundación Guatemala made presentations as well as the Mayor for Peace.



A Foz do Iguaçú, Brasil, SEHLAC organised an event with schools and several speakers to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the City Council in partnership with the Brazilian Campaign against Landmines.


+ Instituto de Ecología Política – SEHLAC, Chile

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings IEP with two Chilean NGO’s (Chilean Red Cross and Cehum), drafted an agreement with parliamentarians concerning the abolition of nuclear weapons, which was presented yesterday in the Chilean Senate (N° 1822-12)


Publications and video of the demonstration in Santiago.



+ MAC, Canada

There were quite a few events in Canada in cities from coast to coast. Physicians for Global Survival orgasised public events and media work; Mayors write an op-ed with Jonathan from PGS: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-threat-of-nuclear-weapons-has-not-gone-away-1.2021998.

webinar online at: https://www.msci.com/www/webcast/the-controversial-weapons/0190910540


Demonstration in New York City outside the Japanese Consulate and visited with the consulate with flowers and apologized for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   We also asked them to maintain Japan’s peace constitution and not to amend Article 9 and to sign the Humanitarian Pledge and play a more active role in efforts to begin negotiations to prohibit and ban nuclear weapons.



+ Pressenza

Tony Robinson of Pressenza gave a talk at the TEDx event organised near the village of Anoigea (http://www.tedxanogeia.com/) in Greece: “I was invited as a director of my news agency and because of the date I proposed to give a presentation about nuclear weapons and the ICAN campaign.  I had 15 minutes, so I spoke for 10 and showed an ICAN video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7-gE25dEbg.  The reception was great and I proposed those interested to contact the ICAN campaign in Greece to get invovled”




+ Pax Christi, Belgium

Article for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings:


+ Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Commemoration ceremony in Dublin with the Lord Mayor of Dublin quoting the Humanitarian Pledge and calling for the negotiation of a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. This call was repeated by other speakers, who also urged the Irish government to take a strong leadership role in working for a new treaty. The commemoration was also attended by the Austrian ambassador, representatives from the other New Agenda Coalition states with embassies in Ireland, and from Norway and Russia, and from the Irish Foreign Ministry: http://irishcnd.org/node/123.

Op-ed by the Irish Foreign Minister, Charlie Flanagan mentions the Humanitarian Pledge and speaks of Ireland working for “urgent discussions on legal pathways to hasten nuclear disarmament” : http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/an-end-of-nuclear-arms-would-be-fitting-memory-to-hiroshima-victims-31435827.html

Irish Times newspaper (http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/government-urged-to-lead-campaign-against-nuclear-weapons-1.2309222) and the UTV television channel (http://player.utv.ie/programme/ireland-live/480013 – the report begins at 15:33).

+ ICAN France

International Fast in several places in France: http://www.alterjt.tv/ajt13-jeune-action-international-contre-larme-nucleaire-partie-1/

Mouvement de la paix: http://japonmvtpaix.top-depart.com/

… and much more! For the full list of activities undertaken by ICAN France, please check out the press review.

+ ICAN Finland

“Finnish media had quite a good coverage on reminiscence of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago. Interviews of several hibakusha was published in the main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and most other papers published articles on Hiroshima and the issue was also well distributed in television news. Chairperson of Peace Union of Finland was interviewed in one of the main tv-channels and Helsingin Sanomat published also a letter to the editor about ICAN campaign and the need for Finland to signs the humanitarian pledge (I’m not including the links here because they are all in Finnish).
There were remembrance events with floating candles in 10 different places, the largest in Helsinki with several hundred participants and our former Foreign minister as one of the speakers.
Ministry of Foreign affairs of Finland published a press release Hiroshima Day reminds of the necessity of nuclear disarmament? which says e.g. “Now attention to nuclear weapons and their effects are being paid in the framework of the so called Humanitarian Initiative.  Finland supports this initiative and promotes the aim of achieving a world without nuclear weapons. Finland stresses the importance of getting nuclear weapons states involved in the dialogue in order to achieve progress in nuclear disarmament.”
Finland has not (yet) signed the humanitarian pledge, and the peace organisations have now asked an audience to our new Foreign minister to urge them to do this.”



British and French campaigners fasted together from August 6 – 9th by the Ministry of Defence in London and in Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, with “die ins” and painting of “shadows” around bodies outside the MoD, Westminster and Downing St. All over the British Isles there have been local vigils and ceremonies floating peace lanterns, including at the Faslane nuclear weapons base (Trident).

ICAN UK also created a video for the anniversary.

For a full run-down check out this report http://www.sgr.org.uk/pages/uk-nuclear-weapons-catastrophe-making


+ ICAN Aotearoa New Zealand

On top of a tour of lectures and actions organised with ICAN Campaign Director Tim Wright, ICAN A-NZ organised many events with the public, the parliament and the government with many partners, the Red Cross, faith communities, and NGOs.



+ IPPNW Malaysia

Article on “Hiroshima and Nagasaki, what have we learnt ?” was printed in the New Straits Times and in The Star, the two main English-language papers in Malaysia.


Lecture panel event ponsored by the  School of Government Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)  & School of Social Sciences.



Survivors Recovery and Rehabilitation Organization (SRaRO) in collaboration with Ethiopia National Disability Action Network organized an event to commemorate the 70th years anniversary in Addis Ababa  with 45 participants from different organizations.


+ PAMAI Nigeria

PAMAI commemorated the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima with several activities

1. Meeting with the Foreign Minister of Togo

2. Letter of Solidarity with Japan on the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima submitted to the Japanese Embassy in Nigeria and

3. Letter to the South African Ambassador encouraging South Africa to take the bold to host the International Conference that will see the commencement of the legal process towards the ban of nuclear weapons. Article:




  • sheen

    «Si Gandhi y Martin Luther King hijo estuvieran vivos hoy, formarían parte de ICAN».

    Martin Sheen Actor y activista

  • bankimoon

    «Felicito a ICAN por trabajar con tanto compromiso y creatividad en pos de un mundo libre de armas nucleares».

    Ban Ki-moon Secretario General de la ONU

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • hansblix

    “I am proud to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

    Hans Blix Weapons inspector

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate