Three survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will attend the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in December, the recipient body said Thursday.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won this year’s peace prize for efforts that led to the adoption in July of a landmark U.N. treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
The three hibakusha, including Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, will attend the Dec. 10 ceremony in Oslo along with people affected by nuclear tests and key ICAN members, the Geneva-based organization said.
“This year’s award conveys a message that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which came into effect through appeals made by hibakusha, should be pushed forward,” Akira Kawasaki, a member of ICAN’s international steering group, said at a news conference in Hiroshima. “We want to strengthen our movement and urge all countries to sign and ratify the treaty.”