Abolition 2000 Statement
Humanists Of North Puget Sound
HUMANISTS OF NORTH PUGET SOUND
P. O. Box 405
La Conner, WA 98257
June 22, 2000
Dear Humanists, Atheists and Freethinkers:
The Humanists of North Puget Sound (HNPS), a chapter of The American Humanists Association and an affiliate of the Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies, voted at a membership meeting on June 10, 2000 to send the Abolition 2000 Statement, which was endorsed by HNPS, in the spirit of CART (Coalition For the Advancement of Rational Thinking) to every freethought organization in the country that we could find with an Email address.
It is our hope that humanist, atheist and freethinking organizations everywhere will consider endorsing the Abolition 2000 Statement by sending a contact name, organization name, address and telephone and fax numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Abolition 2000 Statement, written by Abolition 2000, was used at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to raise general public awareness of the failure of the Nuclear Weapons States to fulfill their commitment to eliminate nuclear weapons and continues to be valid for that purpose. Abolition 2000 is a Global Network of more that 2000 citizen action groups and municipalities in 92 countries dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons and can be contacted at www.abolition2000.org.
CART was organized by Marie Castle, email@example.com, of the Atheist Alliance as a means to alert freethought organizations to issues of concern and to give them the opportunity to respond. Your organization and it's membership are absolutely free to take action on this matter or, if you disagree with the purpose of the statement, disregard this letter. It's entirely up to you.
We would appreciate your feedback on this matter. If you wish to receive future items like this by Email, please send us your Email address and we will place it on our list for future alerts.
Howard A. Pellett
Abolition 2000 Statement
A secure and livable world for our children and grandchildren and all future generations requires that we achieve a world free of nuclear weapons and redress the environmental degradation and human suffering that is the legacy of fifty years of nuclear weapons testing and production.
Further, the inextricable link between the "peaceful" and warlike uses of nuclear technologies and the threat to future generations inherent in creation and use of long-lived radioactive materials must be recognized. We must move towards reliance on clean, safe, renewable forms of energy production that do not provide the materials for weapons of mass destruction and do not poison the environment for thousands of centuries. The true "inalienable" right is not to nuclear energy, but to life, liberty and security of person in a world free of nuclear weapons.
We recognize that a nuclear weapons free world must be achieved carefully and in a step by step manner. We are convinced of its technological feasibility. Lack of political will, especially on the part of nuclear weapons states, is the only true barrier. As chemical and biological weapons are prohibited, so must nuclear weapons be prohibited.
We call upon all states, particularly the nuclear weapons states, declared and de facto to take the following steps to achieve nuclear weapons abolition. We further urge the states parties to the NPT to demand binding commitments by the declared nuclear weapons states to implement these measures:
1. Initiate immediately and conclude by the year 2000 negotiations on a nuclear weapons abolition convention that requires the phased elimination of all nuclear weapons within a timebound framework, with provisions for effective verification and enforcement.*
2. Immediately make an unconditional pledge not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons.
3. Rapidly complete a truly comprehensive test ban treaty with a zero threshold and with the stated purpose of precluding nuclear weapons development by all states.
4. Cease to produce and deploy new and additional weapons systems, and commence to withdraw and disable deployed nuclear weapons systems.
5. Prohibit the military and commercial production and reprocessing of all weapons-usable radioactive materials.
6. Subject all weapons-usable radioactive materials and nuclear facilities in all states to international accounting, monitoring, and safeguards, and establish a public international registry of all weapons-usable radioactive materials.
7. Prohibit nuclear weapons research, design, development, and testing through laboratory experiments including but not limited to non-nuclear hydrodynamic explosions and computer simulations, subject all nuclear weapons laboratories to international monitoring, and close all nuclear test sites.
8. Create additional nuclear weapons free zones such as those established by the treaties of Tlatelolco and Raratonga.
9. Recognize and declare the illegality of threat or use of nuclear weapons, publicly and before the world court.
10. Establish an international energy agency to promote and support the development of sustainable and environmentally safe energy sources.
11. Create mechanisms to ensure the participation of citizens and NGOs in planning and monitoring the process of nuclear weapon abolition.
A world free of nuclear weapons is a shared aspiration of humanity. This goal cannot be achieved in a non-proliferation regime that authorizes the possession of nuclear weapons by a small group of states. Our common security requires the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Our objective is definite and unconditional abolition of nuclear weapons.
* The convention should mandate irreversible disarmament measures, including but not limited to the following: Withdraw and disable all deployed nuclear weapons systems; disable and dismantle warheads; place warheads and weapon-usable radioactive materials under international safeguards; destroy ballistic missiles and other delivery systems. The convention could also incorporate the measures listed above which should be implemented independently without delay. When implemented, the convention would replace the NPT.
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