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The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits challenge world leaders to keep their legal and moral obligations.

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On April 24th,
The Marshall Islands filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice and U.S. Federal District Court. 
The Claim:
The nine nuclear-armed nations have failed to comply with their obligations, under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and customary international law, to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.
They act for the seven billion of us who live on this planet to end the nuclear weapons threat hanging over all humanity.
Every one of us has a stake in this
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Take a Stand 

World leaders need to know it's the will of the people to reach Nuclear Zero.  

Be a hero for Nuclear Zero and add your voice today. 

Nuclear weapons threaten everything we love and treasure in this world. To protect humanity’s future, we support the Marshall Islands, a small island nation that is courageously seeking to enforce the Nuclear Zero promise - a world free of nuclear weapons. 

That is why we call upon the nuclear weapon nations to urgently fulfill their moral duty and legal obligation to begin negotiations for complete nuclear disarmament.

Zero is the only safe number of nuclear weapons on the planet.

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 The Republic of the Marshall Islands 

“No nation should ever suffer as we have.”
 –Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister, RMI

The Republic of the Marshall Islands knows firsthand the horror and consequences of living in a world with nuclear weapons.

1946 – 1958

The Marshall Islands was used as a test ground for the U.S. nuclear program during this time.

67

nuclear bombs detonated over the Marshall Islands during this time period.

1.7

Hiroshima bombs detonated daily for 12 years (equivalence). 

1,000x 
larger

Castle Bravo, the largest bomb ever tested by the U.S., than the Hiroshima bomb.

The Nine Nuclear Nations
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The Nine Nuclear-Armed Nations

Five are parties to the NPT

  • United States
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • China

Four are not parties to the NPT but violate 

customary international law
  • Israel
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • North Korea
Customary international law is binding on all states, whether they have signed a treaty or not.
 
The International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion in 1996 that the use and threat of use of nuclear weapons violate the principles of international law and concluded that all states have an obligation to commence and conclude negotiations on complete nuclear disarmament.

The numbers don’t lie

17,000

 nuclear weapons between them.

$100 billion 

spent every year on nuclear forces globally.

Zero

negotiations for worldwide disarmament. 

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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
The NPT prevents the proliferation of nuclear weapons and obligates nations to negotiate for global disarmament.
The treaty entered into force in 1970 and 190 countries have signed it
the most signatories of any arms control agreement.

Good faith

Article VI of the NPT

“Each of the Parties to the treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”

Gone bad

The Nuclear-Armed Nations

  • Are actively planning for nuclear weapon deployment at least through the end of the 21st century.
  • Continue to invest in modernizing their nuclear arsenals.
  • Ignore multilateral forums that discuss the need to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

44
years later there are still no negotiations in sight

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The Unkept Promise 
The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits challenge the nine nuclear-armed nations to keep their legal and moral obligations.
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The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits call upon the nuclear weapon nations to urgently fulfill their moral duty 
and legal obligation to begin negotiations for complete nuclear disarmament.