Day 9 of the nuclear ban treaty discussions

It’s our last day at the negotiations for most of the Scottish Delegates and by now you must be quite used to the format of our days and reports. I’ll therefore change the style of today’s article, but not before mentioning that our full delegation was interviewed by a Swedish journalist. Janet Fenton will be staying for the remainder of the negotiations and Bill Kidd MSP will join her next week. Please keep visiting the website for updates and articles.

Did you know?

  • Every county of United States has radioactive traces which date back to the Nevada atmospheric tests
  • Children are more harmed by radiation because their cells are developing more rapidly
  • Jelly fish babies are babies born with no form, bones or shape as an effect of the radiation exposure. Their mothers are often forbidden to see them because they will be too traumatised.
  • Marshallese women are afraid to give birth because of the possible effects of long term exposure to radiation from the nuclear tests
  • The harm of radiation to girls and women is, overall, roughly twice that of boys and men (more about nuclear weapons and gender balance here and here)
  • Victims of nuclear weapons who decide to share their stories need to relive their experiences and pain over and over again and are often called names or accused of lying which makes them abandon the battle. They do not beg for favours, they stand up for human rights and dignity

I would like to end this blog post with an exercise we did in one of the meetings.
We were asked to raise our hands if in the last two days we had made any mistakes, of any kind. We were then asked whether any of us had experienced any problems with technology or had any sort of technical issues with phones, computers, kitchen equipment and so on. We all raised our hands for both questions.

So please take a moment to reflect on this. It’s in our human nature to make mistakes and technology is made by us and bound to have malfunctions. This also applies to nuclear weapons and there is an extraordinary risk of an accidental launch or a serious mishap which could have terrible effects on humankind and our environment.

Flavia Tudoreanu & the rest of the Scottish Team

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