Upholding the ultimate respect for human dignity, our disarmament work focuses on nuclear abolition and stopping killer robots, also known as autonomous weapons systems. Both types of weapons are built on the radical negation of others—of their humanity and of their equal right to happiness and life. The SGI is therefore an active member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the Stop Killer Robots coalition.
Our activities for nuclear abolition originate from the 1957 anti-nuclear declaration made by the second president of the Soka Gakkai, Josei Toda, to 50,000 young people in Yokohama, Japan. In his declaration, Toda condemned nuclear weapons which threaten humanity's right to live as an embodiment of the bleakest aspects of the human heart, and called on the youth of the Soka Gakkai to take up the challenge of abolishing them. Since then, the SGI has promoted nuclear disarmament at a local, national and regional level and internationally at the United Nations.
Stopping Killer Robots
With growing concerns over digital dehumanization and increasing autonomy in weapons systems, the SGI has joined the community of civil society organizations opposed to the development, and use of killer robots; also known as autonomous weapons systems. We believe in human dignity and hold that life and death decisions should never be delegated to machines. In 2018, we became members of the Stop Killer Robots coalition which calls for new international law on autonomy in weapons systems.