UN Committee asks General Assembly to declare nuclear-weapons `inherently immoral’

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United Nations  – The UN Disarmament and International Security Committee on Tuesday asked the General Assembly to declare that nuclear-weapons are “inherently immoral” and that all States shared an ethical responsibility to eliminate and prohibit them.

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This is contained in a document from the committee made available to UN correspondents.

The committee also asked the Assembly to declare that any use of nuclear weapons, irrespective of the cause, would be compatible with the requirements of international humanitarian law or international law, the laws of morality or the dictates of public conscience.

The committee approved by a vote of 124 in favour to 35 against, with 15 abstentions.

NAN reports that members have also forwarded the 16 drafts to the General Assembly.

Further to its terms, the Assembly would declare that the global threat posed by nuclear weapons must urgently be eliminated.

The Assembly would also declare that discussions, decisions and actions on nuclear weapons must focus on the effects of those weapons on human beings and the environment and be guided by the unspeakable suffering and unacceptable harm that they caused.

Another text on united action with renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, was approved by a vote of 156 in favour to three against.
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Those who voted against were China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Russian Federation, with 17 abstentions.

The text called for the renewed determination of all States to take united action towards the total elimination of those weapons, with a view to achieving a safer, peaceful and secure world. (NAN)

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