Parlatino considers depleted uranium weapon ban
Alexander Mora Mora, President of the Latin American Parliament’s Human Rights Commission, has introduced the text of his draft law proposal for a domestic ban on uranium weapons in Costa Rica to the Latin American Parliament. It is hoped that the Parlatino’s members will consider the draft text before issuing a resolution in a few months time.
Costa Rica’s plan to ban the munitions has triggered considerable media interest throughout the region and representatives from several governments are thought to be interested in considering similar legislation.
Deputy Mora Mora was joined in Buenos Aires by Damacio Lopez from IDUST who introduced members to the issue. Damacio urged the Parlatino to issue a moratorium against uranium weapons and to call on its member states to pass laws to prohibit the use, manufacture, transport, sales and possession of uranium weapons in their territories. Members then viewed a recent film produced by Pablo Ortega on the effects of uranium weapons. The film was made with the support of the University of Costa Rica, in particular the Kioscoc Ambientales and the PROGAL program.
The Parlatino is a unicameral house whose legislation may be viewed as templates that member governments can use for their own laws. Members have a particular interest in human rights, economic, social and technological development and peace and security. Its current members are the Netherlands Antilles, Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.