The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched on Monday an advertising campaign to raise awareness about the danger of atomic weapons, a few days after the United States and Russia suspended the bilateral treaty for the elimination of medium and short-range nuclear missiles, INF.
Under the slogan "What would you choose, live or die?", The Red Cross has recorded a video that shows the possible consequences for a person could have a nuclear bombardment, even in case of surviving.
"In this period of increasing international tensions, I urge all parties to act with urgency and determination to end the era of nuclear weapons," ICRC President Peter said in a statement on the occasion of the start of the campaign. Maurer
The message of the Red Cross comes at a time when the international organization "is extremely concerned about the disturbing erosion of the framework of nuclear disarmament and arms control," he said in a statement.
"Recent decisions contribute to an alarming trend towards a new nuclear arms race and, consequently, to an increased risk of using these weapons," added the Geneva-based organization.
Although the communiqué does not directly refer to the INF, the campaign comes just a week after the US and Russia declared on February 2 their withdrawal from a treaty that had limited the development of their nuclear weapons since 1988.
The pact prohibited the two signatory countries from manufacturing, deploying or testing short-range (500-1,000 kilometers) and medium-range (1,000-5,500 kilometers) missiles.
According to the Red Cross, "far from adopting measures to fulfill their long-standing obligations in the field of nuclear disarmament, the nuclear-weapon States are updating their arsenals, developing new types of nuclear weapons and simplifying their use," which justifies the campaign started today.