ICBUW Mission Statement
On October 13th, 2003, after a conference in Berlaar, Belgium, grassroots organizations and experts in several disciplines launched an international campaign for a ban on the military use of uranium and other radioactive materials[*]. These radioactive and chemically toxic weapons were first used on a large scale by the US and UK in the Gulf War in 1991, subsequently in Bosnia and Yugoslavia by NATO, in Afghanistan by the US and again in the war on Iraq by the US and the UK in 2003. More than 15 countries have weapon systems with uranium in their arsenals.
Because of mounting evidence of harmful effects of uranium on human health and the environment, we call for an immediate and universal ban[**] on the military use of uranium and other radioactive materials. In addition, we call for the cleaning up of all sites contaminated by these weapons along with compensation for all affected populations. We call for a halt to the production, testing, sale, stockpiling, transport and export of these weapons and a decommissioning of all existing stockpiles. We call for immediate medical assessment, treatment and long term monitoring of all those who have been exposed to uranium weaponry. We demand from the responsible governments full disclosure of all locations where uranium weapons have been used as well as the amounts of uranium involved. We call for financial support from organizations and individuals to provide independent medical and environmental investigations of affected countries. Finally, we call on governments to exclude their troops from alliance with any government that uses uranium munitions.
In pursuit of these goals, the organizations below have established the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons. We announced the start of our campaign in mid-October 2003 at the CSC (Christian Labour Union) in Brussels and at the Uranium Weapons Conference held in Hamburg. We call on non-governmental organizations, governments and other interested parties to join us in this urgent effort.
The Coalition encourages and supports direct action, campaigns and the formation of national coalitions to inform and educate the public regarding uranium-its origin, properties, use, and impact on human health and the environment. The Coalition has produced a Draft Convention on the Prohibition against the Development, Production, Possession and Use of Uranium Weapons and is seeking to propagate it amongst national governments.
Please join the campaign to ban uranium weapons.
For more information, send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* "Uranium" here refers to so-called "depleted" uranium and to depleted uranium mixed with recycled reactor fuel, which contains plutonium and other fission products. We consider the term "depleted uranium" to be grossly misleading. However, because it is already widely used in activist and scientific communities, we will use this term or the abbreviation DU as needed to avoid confusing those already accustomed to it.
** On use of the term "ban"or "prohibition": Although we believe that the use of uranium weapons is already prohibited by existing international laws, we nevertheless believe that we need to establish an explicit and comprehensive prohibition of production, possession and sale. The facts that such weapons are in active use despite existing international laws and that warnings supported by independent scientific research have been raised indicate the need to address this issue clearly and directly leaving no doubt about the will of the majority on these specific weapons. We are also convinced that seeking a comprehensive convention that includes a clear demand for compensation will help to establish the groundwork for eventual compensation of victims.
List of Founding Coalition Partners:
CADU (Campaign Against Depleted Uranium), United Kingdom
Campaign Against Radiation Exposure, Japan
Center for Peace and Justice, United States
For Mother Earth, Belgium
Grassroots Actions for Peace, United States
IDUST (International Depleted Uranium Study Team), United States
IPPNW (the German Affiliate of The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), Germany
Laka Foundation (documentation and research centre on nuclear energy), the Netherlands
Maarten H.J. van den Berg (RISQ; Independent Foreign Policy Think Tank), the Netherlands
MTP (Military Toxics Project), United States
NO DU Hiroshima Project, Japan
Our Common Future, United Kingdom
VD/AMOK (documentation and research collective on the military), The Netherlands
Youth terminating pollution, United States