HIROSHIMA, JAPAN — Hundreds of leading humanitarian workers and peace activists have endorsed a global appeal by Japanese atomic bomb survivors at a conference held here on Sunday.
A delegation from China's largest peace organisation, the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), met with Australasian peace movement representatives in Wellington on Tuesday.
CPAPD secretary general Mr Zhu Rui said that the visit would develop cooperation between the peace movements in the region and encourage the exchange of ideas.
"We are convinced that the upcoming visit will further promote the traditional friendship between the peoples of our two countries," he said.
A sell-out crowd gathered at the Melbourne Unitarian Church on Sunday to honour the life achievements of photographer John Ellis, who covered the anti-war movement and other progressive political causes over a fifty year period.
Mr Ellis covered left-wing political movements around Australia and abroad, including the Vietnam Moratorium movement, the anti-uranium mining protests, Indigenous self-determination campaigns, and trade union activities. An exhibition showed key images shot during Mr Ellis' career, which in total spans over 20 000 images.
The CICD joins with the millions of other people around the world to raise its voice and join the community of individuals and organisations such as yours working for a world free of wars, social justice, the rights of indigenous peoples, and a world free of racism.
The world today is torn by imperialist wars and threats of war. We would like to see a secure and liveable world for future generations. A world free of nuclear weapons and a safe and clean environment.
CICD sends its support to the 2015 World Conference Against A & H Bombs, hoping that it will strengthen and galvanise all participants to work towards urgently eliminating nuclear weapons from the world.
Melbourne commemorations for the 70th Anniversary of the United States nuclear attacks upon Japan, which concluded the Allies victory over Japan in the Second World War, began last night at Trades Hall in Carlton.
The failure of the nuclear powers to disarm has increased the risk that other countries will acquire nuclear weapons. The only guarantee against the spread and use of nuclear weapons is to eliminate them.
We believe that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, at war people are killed, injured and traumatized. A major motivation behind most wars is the desire to control resources that poison the earth, especially oil and gas.
There is absolutely no evidence or confirmation that the Assad Government carried out the alleged chemical attack. Even if there were evidence, the US Government has no authority to be the self-appointed policeman.