PRIME International Symposium 2010
Chemical and Nuclear Weapons:
The Ban on WMD in Perspective
On commemorating the Memorial Day the atomic bomb destroyed the city of Hiroshima, victims of poison gas affected during the Iran-Iraq war visit Hiroshima and Tokyo. They call themselves "Hibakusha", which originally means survivors of the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima. In Hiroshima, there are also many victims suffering from poison gas. In the wartime, research and development of poison gas armaments took place at the former Army and Scientific Research Institute in Tokyo, and great amounts were produced at the plant on Okunoshima Island of Hiroshima Prefecture. Former workers at the plant are still suffering the consequences of the consecutive exposure to the gas. Hiroshima thus has received a high reputation not only for radiotherapy but also for treatment for detoxification.
International humanitarian law has been providing comprehensive frameworks for preventing and addressing the terrible effects on civilian populations of weapons that continue to kill and maim long after conflicts have ended. Since the forum takes place three days before the Memorial Day of the world's first atomic bomb attack on the city of Hiroshima and twelve days before the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War, it could be a timely event and good opportunity for Japanese public to think how we as human beings can stop or at least prevent unnecessary sufferings and to understand the inhumanity of WMD.
The keynote speaker is an Iranian Doctor, Dr. Shahriar Khateri, who has been treating patients affected by chemical weapons used during Iran-Iraq War. He also plays a leading role in the projects of the new Tehran Peace Museum. The topic of his presentation is "Casualties of Chemical Warfare in Iran: Response of Iranian Civil Society to the Tragedy." Comments from Professor Mustapha Kamal Pasha of University of Aberdeen will follow the presentation.
The second part is a panel discussion among three speakers livened up by a moderator. Main theme and individual topics can be found below. For both parts, Q&A sessions will follow the presentations.
Date & venue:
3 August 2010, from 13:45 to 17:45
Meiji Gakuin University, Tower2, room#2101
Free of charge (prior reservation required; please see below to contact
English and Japanese *Simultaneous Interpretation is provided.
Organized by: International Peace Research Institute, Meiji Gakuin University (PRIME)
Supported by: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Welcome opening addresses by Professor Haruki Onishi, President of MGU and H.E Dr. Seyed Abbas ARAGHCHI, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan.
Keynote speech by Dr. Shahriar Khateri (Tehran Peace Museum): "Casualties of Chemical Warfare in Iran: Response of Iranian Civil Society to the Tragedy." Comments from Prof. Mustapha Kamal Pasha (Univ. of Aberdeen)
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Panel Discussion on "Ban on WMD in Perspective"
Dr. Andres Kruesi (ICRC Delegate to Armed and Security Forces):"Position of the ICRC on WMD and Nuclear and interpretation of its legality based on IHL"
- Prof. Masako Ikegami-Andersson (Stockholm Univ.):"Perceptions of Nuclear Destruction and Need for Disarmament Education"
- Mr. Majid Malekzadeh (An Iranian "hibakusha") :"Continuous Sufferings of the Victims and Support from Iranian Civil Society" Chair: Prof.Takao Takahara (PRIME, MGU)
Closing remarks by the Director of PRIME, Prof. Shigeki Takeo
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