Asia-Pacific Moving towards the Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Author:Hong Thao Nguyen
Position::Professor of International Law at National University of Vietnam-Hanoi and Diplomacy Academy of Vietnam (DAV); Member of the International Law Commission
Pages:465-466
SUMMARY

The new Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons ("TPNW") opened for signature on September 20, 2017. It will enter into force in 90 days after getting 50 instruments of ratification. This fact shows that Asia-Pacific is in the forward position to totally eliminate nuclear weapons in the world for the peace, security and human well-being. How to move forward the process of ratifying the TPNW? In... (see full summary)

 
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East Asian Observer
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XI JEAIL 2 (2018)
Asia- Pacific Moving towards the Ratification of the
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Hong Thao Nguyen
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The new Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) opened for signature
on September 20, 2017. It will enter into force in 90 days after getting 50 instruments of
ratication. This fact shows that Asia-Pacic is in the forward position to totally eliminate
nuclear weapons in the world for the peace, security and human well-being. How to move
forward the process of ratifying the TPNW? In order to clarify this question, the author will
focus on the following three parts: 1) Asia-Pacic and International Humanitarian Law; 2)
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - a step towards the nuclear disarmament;
and 3) Ratication of TPNW.
Keywords
TPNW, NPT, Nuclear Weapons, IHL, ICRC, Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
1. Introduction
The new Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) opened for signature
on September 20, 2017. It will enter into force in 90 days after getting 50 instruments
of ratification. After one year, 19 ratification instruments were deposited, near one
third of them from Asia-Pacic countries (Thailand, Palau, Vietnam, New Zealand,
Cook Island and Samoa).
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This fact shows that Asia-Pacic is in the forward position
to totally eliminate nuclear weapons in the world for the peace, security and human
well-being. How to move forward the process of ratifying the TPNW? It is a big
question before the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), other
1 ICAN, Signature/ratification status of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, available at http://www.
icanw.org/status-of-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons (last visited on Nov. 12, 2018).
* This paper is revised and updated version of the author’s speech at the ICRC Regional Conference on International
Humanitarian Law in Asia-Pacific: Taking Stock, Moving Forward, Jakarta on September 26-27, 2018.
** Professor of International Law at National University of Vietnam-Hanoi and Diplomacy Academy of Vietnam (DAV);
Member of the International Law Commission. The author may be contacted at: nguyenhongthao57@gmail.com
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/jeail.2018.11.2.11

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