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The obligation to assist victims

The use and testing of nuclear weapons have caused large-scale deaths, horrific injuries, long-term illnesses, socio-economic exclusion, displacement, and environmental damage. To address the ongoing suffering inflicted by use and testing, the TPNW includes an obligation to assist affected individuals.

NWBM Kazakhstan
The Soviet Union detonated more than 450 nuclear bombs at the Semipalatinsk test site in north-east Kazakhstan, resulting in thousands of victims who suffer from radioactive diseases. The photo is from the local school in the village of Dolan in Kazakhstan, where a majority of the inhabitants are ill with radioactive after-effects. Photo: John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images
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