Half a century after the first nuclear tests in French Polynesia, France will be attacked for crimes against humanity. The Protestant Maohi Church, which includes Protestants from French Polynesia, announced Sunday that it would attack the French state before the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague and the United Nations (UN).
“Future generations will suffer from these nuclear tests”
“For all the consequences of the nuclear tests, and for its contempt for all the diseases endured by the Polynesians, the Protestant Church Maohi decided to file a complaint against the French State in the court of The Hague”, announced Sunday before the faithful Céline Hoiore, the general secretary of this church, concluding her 132nd synod. This complaint must also be submitted to the UN.
The Polynesians are almost all Christians, distributed in many churches, but Protestants and Catholics are in the majority. The powerful Protestant church regularly takes political positions and has already opposed nuclear testing. Five months after the visit of President François Hollande to Papeete, the Protestant Church has chosen to harden the tone.
The main political opposition to nuclear testing, Oscar Temaru, hailed a “historic” decision. “It’s a crime against humanity because French nuclear tests have been imposed on us, there have been deaths, and there will still be future generations who will suffer from these nuclear tests,” declared the independence leader. the local press. President of the Protestant Maohi Church expressed a similar point of view that same evening on the local channel TNTV: “It’s not a past history, it’s a story that will last for thousands of years.”
“We are going to expose our division against the United Nations, I think we must first agree all, and then we will be stronger,” said the former autonomy president Gaston Flosse, who defended the tests when he was in power.
Promises of François Hollande and Alain Juppé
The Polynesians ask for compensation for patients affected by radiation-induced diseases, the perpetuation of the nuclear debt (a payment from the State which has fallen several times since the end of the tests), or the creation of a memorial . President François Hollande pledged to accede to these requests when he came to Papeete in February. Alain Juppé, who came to Polynesia at the end of July, also made commitments in this direction, assuming he would take power.
Association 193 (in reference to the 193 nuclear tests carried out in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996) assures to have collected more than 45,000 signatures, in a community of about 190,000 voters, to request the organization of a local referendum on the issue nuclear.