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The International Committee of the Red Cross and nuclear weapons: From Hiroshima to the dawn of the 21st century

30-09-2005 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 859, by François Bugnion

The question of the lawfulness of the use of nuclear weapons and that of their possible prohibition have therefore been the subject of repeated discussions since 1945, without any success being achieved. either in reaching a definitive conclusion as to their lawfulness or in negotiating a general agreement to ban them.


François Bugnion
is the ICRC Director for International Law and Cooperation within the Movement. 

Nuclear weapons raise fundamental questions which go to the very heart of international humanitarian law and of Red Cross assistance activities. Sixty years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the author describes the attempts of the International Committee of the Red Cross to deal with these weapons.  

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