Pressenza – By definition nuclear weapons are genocidal, xenophobic and racist
PZ: In your presentation you gave the impression that by definition a nuclear weapon is racist. Please can you explain more?
HRJ: So nuclear weapons are problematic because by nature they are genocidal. If we think about the idea of the willingness of a group of people, or a nation, to destroy in whole, or in part, another group of people, or another nation; to obliterate their culture, their way of life; to destroy their religious, ethnic, racial identities. This is the very definition of genocide and that’s xenophobic and racist.
PZ: You also talked about the disproportionate effect of nuclear weapons on indigenous people…
HRJ: Countries like the UK, the US and France have unapologetically dropped their bombs, their nuclear waste and tested on non-white populations in Africa and Asia-Pacific, also on poor people’s and indigenous people’s lands in the US and Australia. These countries that call themselves nuclear responsible states have done so without acknowledging or giving any reparation for people living in Kiribati, in Fiji, in French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands, where we still see inexplicably high levels of cancers and also birth defects and uninhabitable spaces.