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Jakarta Post

Activists urge govt to ratify nuclear treaty

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) bows in front of the Memorial Cenotaph after delivering a speech during the 75th anniversary memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2020. - Japan on August 6, 2020 marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of annual ceremonies to commemorate the victims. (AFP/Philip Fong )

Indonesia should ratify a landmark United Nations treaty to consolidate its commitment to put an end to the use of nuclear weapons, a campaigner for a Nobel Prize-winning global cause has demanded, as the world commemorated 75 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   The world saw its last nuclear attack in Japan in 1945, when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the two cities on Aug. 6 and 9, respectively, killing thousands of people in the span of three days.   Despite having such a hard pill to swallow, a contemporary movement to rid the world of such weapons of mass destruction still lacks support from many countries, including Indonesia.   Jakarta has yet to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) even after signing it three years ago, a fact that is not lost on Muhadi Sugiono, a campaigner for the Int...