They Weren’t Just A-bombs: They Were USA-bombs!

April 22nd, 2024 - by The International People’s Tribunal on 1945 US Atomic Bombings

The International People’s Tribunal holds the US accountable for dropping A-Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(Plaintiffs: Korean Atomic Bomb Victims)

The People’s Tribunal (2026, New York) has the primary purpose of restoring the collapsed historical justice by holding the US legally responsible for the atomic bombings of 1945, and restoring the human rights of Korean atomic bomb victims who were affected by Japanese colonial rule and the US atomic bombings.

The People’s Tribunal aims to establish the illegality of the US atomic bombings in 1945 to secure the basis for condemning all nuclear threats and use as illegal today. The fact that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were illegal under the international laws in 1945 means that the use and threat of nuclear weapons today are also illegal.

The People’s Tribunal aims to overcome the nuclear deterrence theory that justifies the use and threat of nuclear weapons by nuclear-weapon states, and contribute to the realization of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a nuclear-free world.

Preliminary international forums are being held for the People’s Tribunal. The purpose of the forums is to establish legal grounds to define the US atomic bombings as illegal acts. This will enable the People’s Tribunal to bring charges based on a solid legal basis and to issue a ruling that the US nuclear bombings of 1945 were illegal.

Under the premise that the international legal basis for condemning the US atomic bombings of 1945 as illegal will be secured through two forums, the International People’s Tribunal is aiming to be held in New York in 2026 with Korean atomic bomb victims of the first generation as plaintiffs.

  • The First International Forum : June 2023, Hapcheon, South Korea
  • The Second International Forum : June 2024, Hiroshima, Japan
  • The International People’s Tribunal : May 2026, New York, USA

Partners (as of April 15, 2024)
Environmentalists Against War, International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), International Peace Bureau (IPB), Japan Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (JALANA), Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo), Korean American Peace Fund, Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal, Peace Action, Peace Action New York State, STOP the War Coalition Philippines, The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), The United Methodist Church — General Board of Church and Society, Veterans For Peace, World BEYOND War — To be added

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Any non-governmental organization is eligible to become a partner organization for the International People’s Tribunal. No joining fee or annual subscription is required, although financial and other relevant contributions are welcome.