ICRC, IFRC celebrate as Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Treaty comes into force

The International Committee on Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC), on Friday, welcomed the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), a joint statement they issued from Geneva and New York has said.

The statement quoted the President of ICRC, Peter Maurer, as saying “Today is a victory for humanity”.

“This Treaty – the result of more than 75 years of work – sends a clear signal that nuclear weapons are unacceptable from a moral, humanitarian and now, a legal point of view.

“It sets in motion even higher legal barriers and even greater stigmatisation of nuclear warheads than already exists. It allows us to imagine a world free from these inhumane weapons as an achievable goal,’’ it said.

Similarly, the statement also quoted IFRC President, Francesco Rocca, as saying, “The entry into force of this instrument of international humanitarian law comes as a welcome development.

“It comes as a powerful reminder that despite current global tensions, we can overcome even our biggest and most entrenched challenges, in the true spirit of multilateralism. This capacity to effectively unite and coordinate our…

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