Proposition One


The following letter was submitted to the World Court after Zimbabwe's testimony on November 15, 1995,t "with the permission of the judges," said Mrs. El-Erian, Court Officer, adding, "They WILL respond."

P.O. Box 27217,
Washington DC 20038 USA
202-682-4282 (phone) | 202-265-5389 (fax) (e-mail)

November 15, 1995

Honorable Judges of the
International Court of Justice,
The Hague

It is my understanding that the Delegation from Zimbabwe will be offering the attached information into evidence today. (Letter from Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman from Washington DC, USA.)

I offer this copy as a courtesy, and in hopes that you will take judicial note of the fact that the opinion entered by the United States government today is by no means universally held. In fact, there are a number of Congressional leaders who are co-sponsoring a proposed law, the "Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act," in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Earl Hilliard of Alabama, Walter Tucker III of California, John Lewis and Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, Al Wynn of Maryland, James Oberstar and David Minge of Minnesota, and Charles Rangel of New York, have joined Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, who in 1994 and 1995 introduced this legislation, which evolved from a successful citizen-initiated referendum in 1993.

We ask the World Court to declare nuclear weapons, their use and the threat of their use, illegal. We believe the very existence of nuclear weapons is a constant threat for all of humanity. We pray this august Court will find that mere possession is a "threat of use," and thereby assist the struggle of legislators and jurists of conscience in working to establish binding laws which will, once and for all, eliminate the threat of nuclear war.

It has truly been an honor to be present for these historic hearings. My prayers are with you in your deliberations.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Thomas

Congresswoman Norton's Letter <--
Zimbabwe entering this letter into evidence
Full Oral Presentation by Zimbabwe
Nuclear Disarament & Economic Conversion Act