The Marshall Islands is appealing to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco regarding the US Federal Court’s February ruling that US would not have to enter discussions regarding nuclear disarmament. The Marshall Islands submitted its appeal on July 13th 2015. They are pushing for US to stay true to the spirit of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and engage in disarmament talks.
Laurie Asthon, an attorney who is representing the Marshall Islands on this case, has argued that there is a huge barrier to global disarmament when the US holds 50% of nuclear warheads and yet refuses to enter talks about eliminating nuclear weapons. Activist groups, including Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, are heavily supporting the decision to appeal the US Court decision.
From 1946 to 1958, US conducted 67 nuclear weapon tests on Marshall island territory the equivalent of 1.6 Hiroshima bombs every day for 12 years.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty brings together nations who own nuclear weapons. 2015 is the 45th anniversary of the Treaty and the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima bombings.
Marshall Islands appeal U.S. court’s dismissal of nuclear zero lawsuit, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 13 July 2015.
This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it’s leaking, The Guardian, 3 July 2015.
NPT review conference: No outcome better than a weak one, The Bulletin, 3 June 2015.
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