C.G. Weeramantry

In 1996, International Court of Justice states in advisory opinion that "the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law"

1926

Born in Sri Lanka

1967-
Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
1972-
Professor of an Australian university
1991-2000
Judge of International Court of Justice
2003-
Chairman of International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
Authored more than 20 books

Keiko Murakami
Shigeko Sasamori
Mr. Weeramantry
 


Encounter with Mr. Weeramantry

 On May 4, 2005, when the NPT revision conference was underway, the whole building of the United Nations was stirring with enthusiasm. That afternoon the members of the Hiroshima World Peace Mission were eagerly waiting for Mr. Weeramantry to show up at the restaurant in the basement. Before long, a man of small stature neared us, elbowing. As I hadn’t seen him since the anti-nuclear gathering in Hiroshima, I was overwhelmed with happiness when I recognized his sculpturesque features unique to Sri Lankans.

 Mr. Okada, a reporter of the Chugoku Shinbun newspaper, greeted him saying, “We appreciate your judgement in 1996 that the use of atomic bombs is illegal.” Then he started asking Mr. Weeramantry about the nuclear situations of the past, present and future, casting questions one after another

 During a pause in his talk, Mr. Weeramantry gave me a little booklet and said, “From ancient times killing people has been prohibited. It is an absolute rule. Nuclear weapons that damage the future inflict damage on the nuclear-possessing countries as well. My opinions and ideas are in this booklet. Please read it. Oh yes, I wonder if anyone could translate it into Japanese to disseminate. Please share it with the Japanese people.”

 The time allowed for us was quickly running out. He was about to rise due to another appointment, when I hastily asked, “When we finished translating, may we carry your writing on our website homepage, both English and Japanese?” “Yes,” he answered open-heartedly. He also agreed to have a photo taken with us when Shigeko Sasamori, an A-bomb survivor living in Los Angeles, requested it. After taking a photo with us, he hurried away following his secretary.

Keiko Murakami