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David vs. Goliath: Marshall Islands sues the nuclear powers

May 8, 2014

It takes guts to take on nine nuclear weapons states all at once. But the Republic of the Marshall Islands did just that. On April 24, one of the smallest countries in the world filed unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed countries for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament, as required by international law.

Please join PSR to support the Marshall Islanders in their bold action.

Sign the PSR petition supporting the lawsuits and the Marshall Islanders.

All nine lawsuits were filed at the International Court of Justice, with an additional complaint against the United States filed in U.S. Federal District Court in San Francisco. The lawsuits charge five of the nations--including the U.S.--with violating their obligations under the Nonproliferation Treaty, and the other four for violating  customary international law. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an ally of PSR, painstakingly assembled the legal team to back up the Marshall Islands for this action, called the "Nuclear Zero Lawsuits."

Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, which was a U.S. trustee territory at the time. But the Republic of Marshall Islands is not seeking compensation with these lawsuits. Rather, the suits call on the nine nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Click here to sign the PSR petition supporting the lawsuits and the Marshall Islanders.

The petitions will be submitted to all nine nuclear nations to show support for the Marshall Islands. And we will be frequently updating the leaders of the Marshall Islands with the numbers of signers, so they know we are backing them up.

Abundant information on the Nuclear Zero lawsuits is available here.

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