Report says nuclear weapons should be banned under international humanitarian law
Jun 10, 2011
Robert Tickner is the CEO of the Australian Red Cross and he has written a report condemning the allowance of nuclear weapons under international humanitarian law, according to ABC Australia.
"Australian Red Cross feels so strongly about the indiscriminate and immense human suffering that the use of nuclear weapons causes, that we have [written] to all members of the Australian Parliament seeking support for a convention to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons," wrote Tickner.
Dr. Jakob Kellenberger, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, has also spoken out on the damaging power of nuclear weapons.
"Nuclear weapons are unique in their destructive power, in the unspeakable human suffering they cause, in the impossibility of controlling their effects in space and time, in the risks of escalation they create," said Dr. Kellenberger, according to the news source.
There is currently no treaty law that strictly prohibits the use of nuclear weapons, according to the report. Nuclear weapons caused massive damage at the end of World War II, when the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.