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Basic Considerations Of Humanity In Relation To Disarmament

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This chapter mentions the initiatives of the conception of zones of peace, of the formulation of the right to peace (within the conceptual universe of the International Law of Human Rights), and of the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, added to the successive and constant endeavours towards general and complete disarmament. The initiatives disclose the existence nowadays of an opinio juris communis as to the illegality of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, under contemporary international law. There is no gap concerning nuclear weapons; given the indiscriminate, lasting and indescribable suffering they inflict, they are outlawed, as much as other weapons of mass destruction (chemical and bacteriological [biological] weapons) are.

Keywords: disarmament; humanity; international law; nuclear-weapon- free zones; right to peace



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