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  • Serbia receives support from the Italian DU Commission

    Serbia receives support from the Italian DU Commission

    The Serbian Parliamentary Commission, which was set up shortly before the Nis conference (17th -19th June 2018) and which examines the consequences of depleted uranium bombardments, is supported by the Italian Parliamentary Commission, which has also been set up for this purpose. This was confirmed in early July by Gian Piero Scanu, head of the Italian Commission.
    3 September 2018 - ICBUW
  • Ahead of this year’s discussion of the UN General Assembly on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunition containing depleted uranium

    Ahead of this year’s discussion of the UN General Assembly on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunition containing depleted uranium

    In light of the opening of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly on September 18th, 2018, the Secretary-General received ten reports of Member States and of the IAEA, which took the chance to submit their views on the topic until May 15th, 2018. The fact that only ten reports have been received so far does not prove a lack of interest. Many reports are submitted later. In 2016, there were nine reports. Nevertheless, the great interest is proved by the fact that the resolution in 2016 was approved by 151 states.
    30 August 2018 - ICBUW
  • US Air Force discusses replacing depleted uranium ammunition

    US Air Force discusses replacing depleted uranium ammunition

    The jet fighter aircraft F-35 Lightning II produced by Lockheed Martin will soon replace older models at the US Air Force. Most importantly the A-10 Thunderbolt II, also called “Warthog”, an aircraft designed for 'close air support' that can fire 70 shells of armor piercing depleted uranium (DU) ammunition per second. As reported by the Washington Post, this happened most recently in November 2015 during two US operations in Syria, where 5265 shots of the toxic and radioactive ammunition were fired on ISIS oil trucks.
    22 August 2018 - ICBUW
  • The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons: International office has moved from Manchester to Berlin

    The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons: International office has moved from Manchester to Berlin

    The UK national Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (CADU), which was based in Manchester, has now concluded its work. It housed the ICBUW secretariat until 2018, and the office has now been transferred to Berlin. Work to monitor the health and environmental risks of conflict pollution, as well as the wider environmental consequences of armed conflicts and military activities, is currently being undertaken by the (UK based) Conflict and Environment Observatory, established in 2017 – www.ceobs.org.
    18 July 2018 - ICBUW
  • Military study on depleted uranium challenges radiation health risk models

    Military study on depleted uranium challenges radiation health risk models

    A new study from the US Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute has confirmed fears that a recently discovered effect of radiation exposure on cells can also be caused by DU.
    7 September 2017 - ICBUW
  • How the nuclear weapons ban treaty helped expose disarmament’s weakness on the environment

    How the nuclear weapons ban treaty helped expose disarmament’s weakness on the environment

    The recently adopted treaty banning nuclear weapons contains obligations for environmental remediation and assistance for the victims of nuclear weapons' testing and use. This was a significant step for humanitarian disarmament. This paper considers the implications for DU and other toxic remnants of war.
    1 August 2017 - ICBUW
  • The questions posed by the US’s use of depleted uranium in Syria

    The questions posed by the US’s use of depleted uranium in Syria

    The recent confirmation by the US that DU ammunition was used in two attacks in Syria in late 2015 raises a number of troubling questions: firstly, why was DU used, and has it or will it be used again? And, just as importantly, what will happen next in order to mitigate any health or environmental risks the contaminated sites may pose?
    19 February 2017 - ICBUW
  • UN General Assembly recognises ongoing concerns over health risks from depleted uranium

    UN General Assembly recognises ongoing concerns over health risks from depleted uranium

    151 countries at the UN General Assembly have sent a clear message that the concerns of affected states and communities over the health risks from depleted uranium must be properly addressed.
    5 December 2016 - ICBUW
  • UN General Assembly’s First Committee passes 6th depleted uranium resolution
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    UN General Assembly’s First Committee passes 6th depleted uranium resolution

    Germany and Canada abstain, Norway joins the Netherlands in questioning language on the potential health risks from DU, Palau votes in favour for the first time.
    1 November 2016 - ICBUW
  • Coalition partners apparently unaware that US had used depleted uranium in Syria

    Coalition partners apparently unaware that US had used depleted uranium in Syria

    Questions in the Belgian parliament suggest that the US had not made its coalition partners – many of whom oppose DU weapons – aware that it had used DU in operations in Syria.
    31 October 2016 - ICBUW
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