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[casi] Press Release - World Uranium Weapons Conference

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DU/Uranium Weapons: The Trojan Horses of Nuclear War

October 24, 2003
Hamburg, Germany

Conference to ³rogue governments²: stop using illegal DU/Uranium Weapons!

Hamburg--The World Depleted Uranium(DU)/Uranium Weapons Conference was held
October 16-19, 2003, at the University of Hamburg, Germany.  More than 200
participants represented 20 nations from five continents, which included
Iraq, Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, US, Canada, UK, Sweden, Ireland,
France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Italy,
Spain, Algeria, and Cuba.

³The evidence coming from the scientists, health professionals and legal
experts at this Conference is clear:  DU is causing significant health
effects worldwide, and it illegal under existing international law and
convention,² concluded conference planner Marion Küpker, co-coordinator of
the German anti-weapons group Gewaltfreie Aktion Atomwaffen Abschaffen
(GAAA).  ³Now it¹s up to the activist community to force rogue governments
like the US and Britain to observe international law the same way they
preach it to other nations.²

Over 35 speakers including scientists, medical professionals, Iraqi medical
and environmental professionals, independent researchers, international
legal experts, military professionals, a nuclear weapons lab whistleblower,
a prosecutor for the International War Crimes Tribunal for Afghanistan,
veterans and their families, civilians, NGO, and peace and
anti-globalization activists presented their most recent findings and issues
about the effects of these illegal weapons.  Iraqi scientist, Dr. Souad
Al-Azzawi, received the internationally recognized ³Nuclear Free Future
Award² and prize of 10,000 Euros on October 12, just prior to the
Conference.  She presented her findings on environmental studies of DU
contamination of air, soil and water in southern Iraq from the 1991 Gulf

Two days of presentations during the Plenary Session were followed by two
days of workshops, which focused on key issues: science, international
law/organizers, and affected veterans and civilians.  The workshops were
planned to identify consensus on the issues, and to discuss strategies to
develop further united international action plans.  The Plenary Session was
in English with professional simultaneous interpretation into German and

³These experts make it clear: it¹s time for an international DU/uranium
weapons abolition,² summarized Dave Kraft, director of the Evanston,
IL-based Nuclear Energy Information Service in the USA.  ³The evidence from
this Conference, if not the Œprecautionary principle¹, argues against any
further manufacture, testing, or use of these weapons.  Simple justice
argues for health care testing and follow-up, and immediate remediation of
Œhot-spots¹ around the globe,² he said.

Six independent filmmakers covered the Conference and six photo exhibitions
from four continents were presented,  including the latest photographs from
Iraq presented by the renowned international Japanese photographer Takashi
Morizumi.  Videos and films on related topics were open to the public during
the workshop sessions.

The Conference was streamed live to the Internet but unexplained server
problems at IndyMedia made access to the live-feed unavailable during the
conference.  The Conference will be streamed over the Internet at a later
date when the server problems are resolved, and the schedule will be posted
on the Conference website:

A press conference held on Friday, October 17, was greatly under-attended by
the mainstream media, which still seems to fail to grasp the significance of
the issue.  Stories on the Conference appeared in only a few media, mostly
alternative or progressive.  Conference coordinator Marion Küpker stated ³We
believe this is part of the continuing cover-up on the issue of devastating
health problems resulting from DU weaponry used by the U.S., U.K. and NATO
forces in Iraq, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.  Today
nearly 7,000 German soldiers are serving in contaminated regions in Kosovo
and Afghanistan.  Hundreds of thousands of soldiers currently or previously
serving in Iraq, and millions of civilians at numerous sites worldwide have
been exposed as well.²
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DU/Uranium Weapons: The Trojan Horses of Nuclear War

Conference participants overwhelmingly agreed that:

… the use of DU/Uranium weapons is, and has always been, illegal under
existing laws (both international and U.S. military) and conventions

… future campaigns and treaties should replace ³ban² with the term
³abolition² of DU/Uranium weapons

… to support the independent International War Crimes Tribunal for Iraq in
2004 on the  issues of so-called depleted uranium, uranium weapons or
radioactive weapons used in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan

… environmental DU contamination and epidemiological evidence in southern
Iraq presented by the Iraqi professionals established a direct link between
DU and observed increases in radiation related diseases

… the Conference rejects the ICRP model for internal exposure to small
radioactive particles, like DU, and recommends that the European Committee
on Radiation Risk (ECRR) extend the 2003 model on low-level radiation to the
analysis of the health risk from DU

… there is an urgent need to establish an independent research and teaching
institution, a ³Free University,² to provide credible research results
independent of the manipulations and funding pressures exerted by
governments and institutions backing the nuclear lobby

… UNEP and WHO should be pressured to become independent from the IAEA,
recognized as part of the nuclear lobby, in order to conduct comprehensive
screening in contaminated areas including battlefields, testing grounds,
manufacturing sites and military installations worldwide

… medical care should be provided immediately for effected military and

Complete Conference resolutions and findings, and instructions on how to
³stream² the taped Conference sessions over the Internet are available at:

Also see for
photo-album of conference and audio of interviews and presentations becoming

Charles Jenks, attorney at law
President of the Core Group
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-773-1633; Fax 413-773-7507

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