Will 2015 be remembered in history as a year when the human race decided to abandon the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? If the first part of this year saw the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ending in a failure, the closing of 2015 might witness a final and de facto expansion of the nuclear weapons club.
When this Agreement enters into force, it will become possible for India to expand the production of nuclear weapons, and also fast-track a massive nuclear power plant expansion. If nuclear trade between Japan and India is initiated, it would enable India to use Japanese-made advanced components and precision technologies in new nuclear power plants. Japan’s nuclear-related companies such as the TOSHIBA, HITACHI and MITSUBISHI have been aiming to enter the huge Indian nuclear power market, and they are sure to make big profits.
There are currently 95 political prisoners incarcerated within Burma’s prisons with an additional 465 people awaiting trial. With the National Ceasefire Agreement anticipated to be signed in early October, it is imperative that all political, civil and ethnic activists be released so that they can be active participants in the peace talks.
An international human rights group has called on Cambodia to stop treating Montagnards who claim to be fleeing persecution in Vietnam as “illegal aliens” and summarily deporting them, as four members of the Christian minority group arrived in the Cambodian capital to ask the United Nations for protection.