Rae Street has returned from
“Uranium weapons cause widespread and long lasting contamination of the environment. They are radiologically and chemically toxic and many people - innocent civilians especially children, military veterans, industry workers - have illnesses and medical problems, which seem to be due to their exposure to 'depleted' uranium. In areas such as southern
At least 18 countries possess these weapons. They are not yet banned, but, in the view of many, their use is contrary to existing humanitarian law. Therefore the very minimum we want is that governments should exercise the precautionary principle and agree not to manufacture or use them until their full impact is scientifically established.
We need to let governments and the United Nations know that these weapons can have no part in a humane and caring world. We demand an immediate end to the use of uranium weapons. We want all governments, including our own to disclose all locations where uranium weapons have been used and we want them to remove the remnants and contaminated materials from these sites immediately and under strict control. All the people potentially affected – children in
In Geneva, we were reminding delegations at the World Health Organization (WHO) that in December 2008, 141 countries supported the resolution at the United Nations’ General Assembly which called on UN agencies to update their positions on the threat to human health and the environment posed by the use of uranium weapons. We urgently need to have an international convention for a total ban in all countries of the world.”
For more information about uranium weapons, please see www.bandepleteduranium.orgFor more information about, Falluja please see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/13/falluja-cancer-children-birth-defects