Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe

Arab Cause Solidarity Committee

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International Conference

Depleted Uranium: Health, Ecological, Economic and Legal aspects of the use of radioactive conventional weapons

FINAL DECLARATION

The participants of the International Conference Depleted Uranium: Health, Ecological, Economic and Legal aspects of the use of radioactive conventional weapons, held in Gijon, Spain, on 25th & 26th November 2000, organized by the Arab Cause Solidarity Committee in the frame of the Spanish Campaign for Lifting the Sanctions on Iraq,

Having been informed of the massive, indiscriminate and premeditated use of Depleted Uranium (D.U.) munitions in the 1991 war against Iraq, resulting in grave consequences to the health and environment, and its use once again against Yugoslavia in 1999.

Taking into consideration the evidences of the link between the use of DU munitions in the test places and in the military interventions in Iraq and Yugoslavia with the increase of health problems among the combatants and the civilian population.

Taking into consideration the text of the VI Hague Convention, the 1949 Geneva Convention and the two additional Protocols related to the restrictions and the use of force in military conflicts and the protection of civil population in times of war, the UN Charter and the universal declaration of Human Rights as well as the Resolutions of the UN General Assembly. Also Resolution 1196/16 dated 29 August 1996 of the subcommittee for the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, which called on the UN Secretary General should submit a report on the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons containing DU.

Also taking into consideration the Resolutions on the matter issued by various International Organizations, among them, the 1996 Resolution of the International Action Center, the may 1999 Baghdad Conference Resolution on DU,

DEMAND:

  1. That munitions and military equipment made with DU be considered as NON-conventional weapons highly dangerous to the health of peoples and the environment.
  2. The use of munitions made with DU be considered as war crime and a crime against humanity, strongly punishable by International Law.
  3. Placing an International ban on the Manufacturing, Storage, Marketing, Possession, testing and Using of DU munitions and all types of military equipment made with DU.
  4. The destruction of all types of munitions and military equipment made with DU, putting the waste into safe storage.
  5. The decontamination of areas polluted through the use of DU munitions and equipment both near places of manufacturing and testing of DU and in battle fields where it has been used, in particular the Gulf and the Balkan regions, specifically in Iraq and Yugoslavia.
  6. That the International community provides technical and health assistance both to Iraq and Yugoslavia. This assistance is meant to help all those affected by contamination resulting from the use of DU munitions.
  7. That the U.S. and British Governments, and all other NATO members provide full details of the use of these munitions so that they can be removed. These countries are held responsible for the dire consequences of the use of these weapons and therefor should bear the responsibility of cleaning the polluted areas and providing full compensation for all the damages resulting from their aggressions against Iraq and Yugoslavia.
  8. The immediate and complete lifting of the Sanctions imposed on Iraq in order that the people and the government of Iraq can face the dire consequences of the massive use of these weapons during the 1991 aggression, and the repeated aggressions still being waged daily until now in the so called ‘No Fly Zones’.
  9. The commitment of the UN Secretary General to take the appropriate measures so that the International organization immediately take steps to carefully analyze the effects on health and the environment of the use of DU armaments, based on the accumulated evidences of the past few years. Also to take the necessary measures to prohibit the use of these weapons.

 

We finally declare our full solidarity and support to those persons affected by the use of DU weapons in Iraq and Yugoslavia and all those affected by them including war veterans. We also extend our solidarity to the Palestinan people.  

Xixón, 26th of November 2000

 

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Depleted Uranium:

Health and Ecological, Economic and Legal Aspects

of the Use of Radioactive Conventional Weapons

Gijón (Principado de Asturias)

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of November, 2000

ORGANISED BY:

Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe

Arab Cause Solidarity Committee

(Campaña Estatal por el Levantamiento de las Sanciones a Iraq

Spanish Campaign for Lifting the Sanctions on Iraq)

SUPPORTED BY:

Consejería de Asuntos Sociales del Principado de Asturias.

Consejería de Medio Ambiente del Principado de Asturias.

Agencia Local de Promoción Económica y Empleo del Ayuntamiento de Gijón. Sociedad Mixta de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Gijón.

Conseyu de la Mocedá del Principáu d’Asturies.

Conseyu de la Mocedá de Xixón.

Universidad de Oviedo.

CajAstur.

PROGRAMME

 

Saturday, 25th November

10:30-11:30 Opening Session

  • Welcome form the Organization Committee and local institutions representatives.
  • Reading of the support message sent by Ramsey Clark's, President of the International Action Center, former General Attorney of the US, Washington, US.

11:30-12:00 Pause

12:00-13:30 First Session (I)

What is Depleted Uranium? Human health and environmental consequences of the use of weapons with DU: the cases of the Gulf (1991) and The Balkans (1996, 1999) regions. The ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ in the international coalition against Iraq veterans.

Introduces and conducts:

  • Aurora Bilbao, Professor at the Bask Country University, President of the Spanish section of IIPNW, Bilbao, Spain.

Participants:

  • Siegwart-Horst Günter, Physician, President of the Yellow Cross International, Austria.
  • Rosalie Bertel, Epidemiologist, President of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health, Chef Editor of International Perspective in Public Health, Director of international evaluation commissions of Bophal and Chernobil catastrophes, Canada.
  • Dan Fahey, Depleted Uraium Researcher, author of "Don’t Look, Don’ Find: Gulf War Veterans, The US Government and Depleted Uraium", Washington, US.

13:30-14:00 Public Debate

14:00-16:00 Lunch

16:00-17:30 First Session (II)

What is Depleted Uranium? Human health and environmental consequences of the use of weapons with DU: the cases of the Gulf (1991) and The Balkans (1996, 1999) regions. The ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ in the international coalition against ,

Introduces and conducts:

  • Nacho García Alonso, Professor at the Oviedo University, former Scientific Adviser of the European Union Institute of Thansuranic Elements at Karlsurhe (Germany), Oviedo, Spain.

Participants:

17:30-18:00 Public Debate

18:00-18:15 Pause

18:15-19:30 Second Session

The use of radioactive conventional weapons and the International Law. The military and civil nuclear industry and the international production and commercialization of depleted uranium weapons.

Introduces and conducts:

Participants:

  • Bernice Boermans, Executive Director of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), Holland.
  • John Catalinotto, Coordinator of the International Action Center, editor of "Metal of Dishonor: Depleted Uranium. How the Pentagon radiates soldiers and civilians with DU weapons" (Depleted Uranium Education Project/International Action Center), Washington US.

19:30-20:00 Public Debate

Sunday, 26th November

10:30-12:30 Third Session

Informative manipulation and official hidden of facts. Media cover-up and armed conflicts in XXI Century threshold. Investigation process in US, United Kingdom and France on the consequences of the testing and use in the Gulf and The Balkans of DU weapons.

Introduces and conducts:

  • José Ramón L. Patterson, Journalist, Director of the TVE Asturias Territorial Center, Oviedo, Spain.

Participants:

12:30-13:00 Public Debate

13:00-13:15 Pause

13:15-14:00 Closing Session

Speech by Hans C. Graf Sponeck, former Coordinator of the United Nations Humanitarian Program to Iraq and former Assistant to the UN General Secretary, Germany: "1990-2000: Ten years of war and sanctions against Iraq. The need for a public debate on the international responsibility on the suffering of the Iraqi people".

In Spanish

Depleted Uranium

PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE

 

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