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SGI Joins Statement Against Nuclear Weapons

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Photo by SEIKYO SHIMBUN.


GENEVA, April 25—The SGI joined the group Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons to present a powerful statement at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) held in Geneva.

The NPT is regarded as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament.

SGI representative Hayley Ramsay- Jones (pictured in the front) read the statement on behalf of the group, which comprises 20 diverse faith-based organizations and individuals, including Pax Christi International, the World Council of Churches and Muslim Peace Fellowship. They urged all States to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by 122 governments in July 2017, and to engage in constructive dialogue to advance the nuclear disarmament agenda.

The joint statement reads, in part:

As people of faith, we advocate for the right of all people to live in security and dignity; we seek to heed
the commands of conscience and the call to justice; we are united in our determination to protect the vulnerable and to exercise the stewardship that will safeguard Earth for present and future generations. Nuclear weapons profoundly violate all these values and commitments.

We can never accept a conception of security that privileges the concerns of any state or nation over the good of the human and planetary whole. The horrific destructiveness of nuclear weapons makes their abolition the only path to authentic human security.

To read the full statement and list of endorsers, visit sgi.org.