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Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM
The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, Womens International League for Peace and Freedom, and Veterans for Peace work to call for a ban by The United Nations this Fall.
To sign the petition go here: http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-us-un-vote-on-depleted-uranium-weapons-this-fall
People are needed to spread the word and sign onto a petition calling for The United Nations to pass a resolution calling for a ban on depleted uranium weapons. This resolution will be step in the direction outlawing these weapons.
Dear friends, we need your help to help promote this petition calling for the US to stop its opposition to our UN resolutions on depleted uranium. We have been delighted to be joined by Veterans For Peace in making this call, along with the Women's International League For Peace and Freedom.
If you haven't already done so, please sign up today (it takes a few seconds) and then forward to your friends, colleagues and families. For too long the US has blocked international action on DU, we need your help to remind them that they can no longer go on acting with impunity.
Petition link: http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-us-un-vote-on-depleted-uranium-weapons-this-fall
Depleted uranium (DU) weapons are chemically toxic and radioactive conventional weapons designed to pierce armor. They were used by the US in the 1991 Gulf War, in the Balkans in the mid and late 1990’s and again in Iraq in the 2003 occupation. Upon impact with hard targets, DU munitions burn generating a fine dust that may be inhaled by civilians and soldiers alike. Intact munitions or fragments slowly break down, contaminating soils and groundwater.
Animal and cellular studies have shown that DU damages DNA and has caused cancer in laboratory rodents. The US and other DU users have shown little interest in studying civilian populations but laboratory studies have demonstrated that DU is toxic to the body. Since 1991, reports have come from Iraq of increasing numbers of cases of childhood leukemia and birth defects which may be the result of DU exposure. DU contaminates the environment and is very expensive and difficult to clean up.
These weapons are inherently indiscriminate and need to be banned. Other countries are moving to prohibit the use of DU weapons but the US and other DU users are standing in the way of progress.
The United Nations will vote on a fourth resolution considering their acceptability in October. Even without comprehensive civilian health studies, the failure of states to clean-up contamination, their use against civilian infrastructure in built up areas and the lack of transparency from users over where the weapons have been used clearly demands action to ban these weapons on a precautionary basis.
The United States, Israel, the UK and France are the only four states opposing these resolutions. The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Veterans for Peace are calling for people around the globe to write to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ask her to reconsider the United States‘ voting position at the UN First Committee this October.
Will you join us?
To learn more about ICBUW and depleted uranium weapons, take five minutes and watch our animated short: When the Dust Settles
For more on ICBUW, WILPF or VfP please visit ICBUW or Reaching Critical Will or Veterans for Peace Or follow us on Twitter @ICBUW or @RCW_ @VFPNational
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