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Basic Considerations of Humanity in Relation to Disarmament

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Endeavours towards general and complete disarmament, in their distinct aspects, have indeed been permeated with basic considerations of humanity. In order to avoid the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and to put an end to the existing arsenals of those weapons, multilateral mechanisms of their control and prohibition, as well as their destruction, have been conceived, and created by international conventions, which ought to be applied and strengthened, towards world disarmament. In the same line of thinking, the initiative was taken of establishing zones of peace in distinct continents, to give concrete expression to the emerging right to peace. The establishment, in the second half of the XXth century, of nuclear-weapon-free zones, surely responded to the needs and aspirations of humankind, so as to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons; furthermore, it gave expression to the growing disapproval of nuclear weapons by the international community.

Keywords:disarmament; human security; humanity; international community; nuclear-weapon-free zones; zones of peace

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