Thursday, 08 August 2019

Time to Choose Humanity

A new report setting out why Australia must sign on to a global treaty to ban nuclear weapons was released by ICAN this week. It comes on the 74th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings.

The report, titled Choosing Humanity, includes a contribution by the Uniting Church outlining the UCA’s longstanding commitment to a world free from nuclear weapons.

Welcoming the report this week UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer said: “As the Uniting Church, we encourage our Australian Government to sign and ratify the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as part of our contribution to global peace-making.”

“Such an action which moves us toward the elimination of all nuclear weapons is consistent with the call of Christ to work for peace and reconciliation.”

The report makes the case that the Treaty provides the key to ending disarmament deadlock in a time of increasing instability. The report Choosing Humanity is being launched in nine cities across Australia.

As well as the UCA, it features contributions from former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Professor Gillian Triggs, ACTU President Michele O’Neil, federal parliamentarians, faith groups and nuclear test survivors.

Read the Report

Read the UCA Contribution.

Report image Lauren Pearce